Profile of the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

Every time Russell Westbrook steps on the court, he appears to be in a frantic cycle as he speeds and jumps past defenders and NBA records. In his own words, he would describe his uncontainable style as “owning the chaos.”

The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 is a reflection of this. At first glance, the design may seem chaotic, but Westbrook planned every detail with a specific purpose in mind. "From the first design meeting we had, my number one priority was making the best performance basketball shoe possible. I knew that if it was authentic to me, then it would come out great," he explains. "That’s what the Why Not? mentality is all about: Doing you regardless of what people think and being confident in who you are."

These Russell Westbrook basketball shoes feature a deconstructed upper with a lofted midfoot strap for increased breathability and a locked-in feel. A decoupled outsole with an exposed midfoot shank offers additional support and stability.

Performance

Cushion. These Russell Westbrook basketball shoes feature a Zoom-laden, two-piece sole unit for increased responsiveness and comfort. At the forefoot, a max volume Nike Zoom Air bag provides maximum propulsion.

The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 also features an exposed TPU plate for added stability and torsional rigidity.

Traction. The decoupled outsole boasts a new circular traction pattern that offers increased grip when performing pivots and side to side movements.

Fit

Length and Width. Most are reporting that these Jordan Basketball shoes run true to size. Buyers are advised to stick with their real size when purchasing the Why Not Zer0.2 online.

Lockdown. The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 boasts a lofted midfoot strap for a locked-in feel. A heel TPU piece secures the foot on the footbed for increased stability. These basketball shoes also feature a dual-layered collar for a secure and comfortable feel.

Material

The upper of the Why Not Zer0.2 is constructed with lofted materials for enhanced breathability and comfort. A forefoot overlay provides increased durability and added support when cutting side to side.

Style

Designed intentionally with lofted materials, these Rusell Westbrook basketball shoes are not as chaotic as it looks. The carbon fiber-like print on the midfoot strap is a nod to the Air Jordan XI. The black bar on the midsole pays tribute to Westbrook’s late friend Khelcey Barrs III.

Other details include Westbrook’s signature on the heel pull tab, his logo on the tongue tab, family crest on the inside tongue, and an exposed size tag on the outsole.

Special Colorways of the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 takes storytelling to the next level. Each colorway is special to Westbrook and has a tag on the heel that explains its meaning.

  • Black/White ‘The Family’
  • Black/White-Multi-Color ‘BHM’
  • Multi-Color/Total Crimson-Sail ‘Future History’

Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 ‘BHM’

Nike’s 2019 Black History Month collection celebrates Afrofuturism in sports. The Why Not Zer0.2 ‘BHM’ brings together heritage and modern African prints throughout its scattered overlays and textured panels.

Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 ‘Future History’

This youth-inspired colorway represents Westbrook’s journey and pays tribute to the people who made him the man he is today. This colorway is also an ode to today’s youth who will become the nation’s future leaders.

The color blocking of the Why Not Zer0.2 ‘Future History’ includes various team colors he wore since high school.

Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 ‘OKC’

Dressed in the Thunder’s team colors, the Why Not Zer0.2 ‘OKC’ features a white-based upper with orange and blue detailing.

Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 ‘Super Soaker’

Inspired by the Super Soaker 50, this colorway of the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 mimics the color blocking of the recreational toy.

Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 ‘The Family’

Russell Westbrook has never been shy in expressing how much his family means to him. He also never fails to show them some love with a special edition colorway of his signature Jordan Brand basketball shoes. Aptly named ‘The Family,’ this monarchial colorway combines black and white with hints of gold.

Facts / Specs

Top: High
Signature: Russell Westbrook
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Jordan Why Not
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / White / Grey
Special editions: 1 special edition

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.