Back in the ‘90s, Nike designed some of the most iconic and renowned sneakers, such as the Air Penny models. 2009 was the year that marked the retail debut of the Penny Hardaway’s first hybrid sneaker model, which was dubbed the Air ½ Cent. Back in June 2011, Nike introduced a second hybrid sneaker model that Penny Hardaway was affiliated with and it was named the Zoom Rookie. Like the hybrid model before it, the Zoom Rookie also borrowed elements from previous, classic Penny Hardaway sneakers, namely Nike’s Air Flight One and Air Go LWP. Apparently, Nike is bringing back an original Zoom Rookie colorway next year.
After some slight postponing, Nike Sportswear’s Zoom Rookie “Galaxy” originally made its retail debut on October 19th, 2018. The “Galaxy” color scheme that it sported also appeared on the Air Foamposite One a few months ago that year and became quite popular. The Zoom Rookie “Galaxy” can be regarded as the one of the best basketball and Foamposite sneakers of 2012. Derrick Williams, who was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves roster at the time, was the first to lace up in this Zoom Rookie colorway and rock it on the hardwood. A number of NBA players followed in his footsteps and also wore this sneaker on the court.
The photo accompanying this post is not of next year’s 2019 version of the sneaker. However, it will likely be closer in appearance to the original one, rather than the limited Sole Collector collaboration pairs. Each of the Sole Collector x Nike Zoom Rookie “Galaxy” pairs was actually equipped with glow-in-the-dark pods, which may not end up being the case when this sneaker returns next year. Nonetheless, its uppers will have a Black-colored base with matching pods and Foamposite shell overlays featuring the Galaxy print. You can expect the Nike Zoom Rookie “Galaxy” to return in 2019, but for more news and updates, keep checking back to SneakerExclusive.
Nike Zoom Rookie “Galaxy”