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The Performance Review of Jordan Why Not Zer0.2

Westbrook’s signature shoes have important position on Jordan brand. Today, we want to have a look at the performance of Why Not Zer0.2.

We find a workmanship flaw on this shoes. The ZOOM air cushion on the outsole of right and left forefoot is different.

The right outsole plump a little up. The left outsole is normal. The rubber on right outsole should haven’t been glued well, or the air is leaked when producing. Sure, it should be a case-by-case.
It’s easy to wear Zer0.2. After loosing the shoelaces, the opening of shoes is big, it’s easy to wear. But it has double tier of inner sleeve on heelpiece like PG2. Who prefer to slip-on, it would be easy to tread this inner sleeve.

Although it looks like PG2, but the difference is, the outer sleeve of Why Not Zer0.2 is higher than inner sleeve, but the inner sleeve of PG2 is higher than outer sleeve. The inner and outer sleeve of PG2 is seamed together. But the inner and outer sleeve of Why Not Zer0.2 is half-detached. Please you have a look at the dismantled parts.


After tighting the shoelaces, I feel that the center of gravity is a little high. I want to talk about the big Zoom on forefoot. The first feeling on foot is the big and thick Zoom. The Zoom on forefoot is also used on AJ32 and AJ33. Let’s compare them simply.



For the center of gravity, Why Not Zer0.2 is higher than other two sneakers. Why Not Zer0.2 is softer than AJ32 and AJ33.

When we’re dismantling the shoes, we found that the structure of Why Not Zer0.2 is similar to AJ33, except the insole of AJ33 using FlightSpeed, but Why Not Zer0.2 just use a tier of insole material. That is the difference why Why Not Zer0.2 has high center of gravity and soft midsole. The material of FlightSpeed is thinner than Phylon, but Phylon is softer than FlightSpeed.
The black area around the shoes looks like FlightSpeed. But it is just black coating.

You can start quickly. It doesn’t have obvious collapse and drag like previous ZOOM.

We have compared several kinds of air cushion. We found that Jordan prefer to use big ZOOM on forefoot recently, the air pressure is better than other kinds of air cushions like full-length ZOOM, fan-shaped ZOOM and Kyrie 5’s Zoom Turbo. If the air pressure is enough, the ZOOM will be softer. But the disadvantage is, the cushion will descend.

The area of square ZOOM air cushion is big, covering the forefoot. When you start from forefoot, you will feel that the ZOOM likes spring. Each deformation of air cushion will bring great elastic potential energy to push you to go ahead.
Lateral movement and the outsole form:

The big area and high-pressure ZOOM on forefoot can push you to go ahead, but the lateral movement is not very good. The main part of lateral movement is rollover prevention and lateral traction.

The ZOOM air cushion of Why Not Zer0.2 can be said the thickest inner ZOOM air cushion. Enough air pressure can reduce the deformation. The high center of gravity don’t have good rollover prevention. That’s why Kyrie 5 make ZoomTurbo for the outsole shape.

Second, the visible gradient of the outsole also works for ZOOM. The lateral traction is not very good.

Generally, the forefoot design is great for the players who have strong physical quality and linear acceleration explosive force.
Heelpiece

Comparing the full-length ZOOM of Why Not Zer0.1, Why Not Zer0.2 only use ZOOM on forefoot, and it just stick the shoe logo on the heelpiece. We have compared PG2 and Kyrie 5 which also haven’t used technology on heelpiece part. The heelpiece cushion effect of Why Not Zer0.2 is better than PG2 and Kyrie 5. The outsole on heelpiece is not very stiff.

The insole material of the sneaker is soft. Comparing with PG2, the insole of Why Not Zer0.2 is soft, like Adidas Bounce.

Why Not Zer0.2’s arc-shaped design on heelpiece is for physical cushion. When you fall to the ground on heelpiece firstly,the arc-shape on heelpiece will push the vibration sense to other place to reduce the force of heelpiece. So the cushion on heelpiece is not bad. I like this design.

Wrapping and Supporting Performance
After tighting the shoelaces, I feel that the shoes fit well with the foot. After wearing the shoes for a long time, you will find that the great wrapping performance is coming from the thick inner lining.

Comparing with AJ32 and PG2,the wrapping performance of Why Not Zer0.2 is not excellent. It doesn’t fit very well as AJ32.

But if you has wide forefoot and high instep, it’s very suitable for you to wear Why Not Zer0.2.

For support, although Why Not Zer0.2 has the lateral strut as KT3 and the middle support plate as Howard 3 which give good support to the shoes, but the outsole is too soft and not very stable, and it doesn’t have extra rollover prevention design, which reduce the shoe’s stability. It would be more suitable for people who has heavy body weight and great power of ankle.
Traction is normal.
The grain of outsole is similar to the claw of octopus. I slipped for a few times when playing basketball. Marquee Boost and Lillard 5 also has the slipping phenomenon. But the traction of Why Not Zer0.2 is not better than Marquee Boost and Lillard 5. The camber on outsole may cause the slipping. It may also due to the wet weather. I am not sure about the exact reason. You can pay an attention on it.

We suggest you to wear it to walk for a while to break-in before actual combat. It may reduce the slipping times when actual combat. Here I also want to remind you to be careful when playing basketball on wet weather.

The personal review for the design:
I think it’s reasonable to add the stiff material on the midsole and heelpiece area. It’s unquestionable that the design of Why Not Zer0.2 is good. The shape is very suitable to the individuality of Westbrook.


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The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 Deconstructed

Today, we dismantle a pair of Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 to see its structure and material details.

It has many levels and several kinds of material on the vamp.

On the forefoot vamp, there is a piece of foam mesh between outer knitted vamp and lining.

The middle part of the vamp is made by fabric and lining. It just adds two pieces of support plate. After tighting the shoelaces, it will fit well the foot.


There are two tiers of foam filling in the heelpiece part.

After dismantling it, we find that the two tiers of foam are glued, it is just seamed on the bottom. It would be easy to step on the lining when wearing the shoes without using hand.

It adds a piece of red TPU on the outer layer of heelpiece. It’s a little soft.

The TPU on the arch part is big and stiff.

There are 3pcs of reinforcing ribs on the TPU. It looks like W from the side view.

There is no extra TPU under the fabric of midsole.

Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 has a big area of ZOOM on forefoot. The ZOOM size is the same as AJ33. The thickness is 10.80mm. And the thickness of FlightSpeed on AJ33 is only 1.59mm. Why Not Zer0.2 ’s ZOOM is thicker. That’s why its center of gravity is high.



The thickness of Phylon on heelpiece is moderated. It’s also softer than Kyrie 5.

Which position does Curry 6 suit for?
As the second signature shoe of fashion icon Westbrook, the design of Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 is unique. The design style is fearless and fashion-forward. It’s very suitable to Westbrook.
Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 should be more suitable to whose playing way is similar to Westbrook or who has great physcial quality.

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Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 Performance Review


In the first week of 2019,maybe no other sneakers that can be more attractive than Jordan Why Not Zer0.2.
From the begining of exposure, it shows the unique color scheme, shoe logo and other details of innovative layout. Moreover, Russell Westbrook has never lack of of news. All of them constitute our first impression of Why Not Zer0.2. But when it launches, we find that it has more rich story than we have thought. Today, let’s see the story of Russell with Why  Not Zer0.2 and Jordan Brand.

On Oct. Of 2012,Russell Westbrook signed the official contact with Jordan Brand. He said,“It’s an honor to be able to sign with Jordan Brand. I still remember clearly that my mother was ever standing in line to buy Air Jordan for me. That was a pair of Air Jordan 9 “Cool Grey. Now, I become a member of Team Jordan. It’s incredible.”


Russel weared Air Jordan 28 in the game on Dec., 2012. “Air Jordan 28 is a explosive product. It’s perfect for me. It’s a special feeling to wear Air Jordan as a spokesperson.


After triennial waiting, Russell Westbrook had his first signature leisure shoes on Aug., 2015. “Fashion was not the driving force for me to buy shoes in my growing experience. So I hope my signature shoes can be owed by more children, and they can wear Westbrook 0 to show themselves.”


Westbrook 0.2 was launched with the new comprehension of fashion on Oct., 2016.


On Jan., 2018, Westbrook had his first signature basketball shoes, Why Not  Zer0.1. Time flies, Why Not  Zer0.2 is coming.

His second signature performance sneaker, the Why Not Zer0.2, is a reflection of this: The design may seem chaotic, but Westbrook planned every element of it with a specific purpose in mind. Here are five things to know about the shoe.
1. Every colorway has a meaning
The lead colorway of the Why Not Zer0.2, dubbed “Future History,” features vibrant color-blocking on different performance materials. At first glance the design may seem random, but each color is meant to reference a uniform that has helped define Westbrook’s career.
“Every colorway has a meaning behind it that is special to me,” says Westbrook. “With the Why Not Zer0.2, I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used.”
2. It honors those closest to him
The only thing Westbrook loves more than the game is his family, which is why he added his family crest on the inner tongue. He also used a black block on the midsole to honor late best friend, Khelcey Barrs III.
“It’s become a tradition for me to honor Khelcey by writing ‘KBIII’ on my game shoes. Each colorway of the WhyNotZer0.2 will have a designated area for me to write that on. I want people who wear my shoe to understand that playing with a purpose bigger than yourself is important,” says Westbrook.
3. Tech trumps trends
When it came to this design, Westbrook said he wanted a shoe that was created specifically to harness his game rather than follow any current style trends.
“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 says. “That’s what the Why Not? mentality is all about: Doing you regardless of what people think and being confident in who you are.”
Unsurprisingly, the final result still manages to embody Westbrook’s signature Why Not? fashion sense.
4. It’s for the kids, too
Since entering the league, Westbrook has remained committed to inspiring the youth through his charitable work, and his message to them has always been: “Why Not Me? Why not follow your dreams?” That’s why he pushed the Jordan Brand design team to create a premium performance shoe with an accessible price.
“Being a father, it was important to have my signature shoe available in full family sizing. You don’t see that often with performance shoes but for me it’s all about inspiring the next generation. That also means making the shoe affordable and accessible to people all around the world,” says Westrbook.


For the design,we rarely see a star’s signature shoes of two generations which have such big difference. It should be said that the appearance of Why Not Zer0.2 is totally different with Zer0.1.
The first published colorway includes 9 colors. The contrasting colors make it easy to associate the Westbrook’s style of dressing.

Material: The vamp is made of mesh and nylon texture. The grain design elements re very plentiful. The different part have different functions and use different color rendering. The vamp uses hot-melting. So the weight of the sneaker is light.


The outsole is separating design of forefoot and heelpiece part. The middle part is connected by a stiff TPU texture. The configuration of insole uses ZOOM Air Cushion with Flight plate. It’s similar to AJ29. Although such configuration is not better than Zer0.1, but it is Westbrook’s favorite configuration. The TPU on connecting middle part shows Westbrook’s logo “W”. The shoe tongue logo is also seamed on the TPU support of heelpiece part. So the TPU support on midfoot is also thick. The shoe body is with TPU lacing, which also improve the protection.
Westbrook wears Air Jordan 29, 30 & 30.5 frequently. So this kind of outsole design should be his favorite type.


The most unique design of this sneaker is on the outsole. We can see the grains on outsole using unitive concentrated circular rings. The most unique part is the shoe logo on the heelpiece part of outsole. This kind of design has never appeared before.

The shoe upper is double-deck design. The inner sleeve is thick and comfortable. The outer layer is high, but undoubtedly, that will improve wrapping performance and protection. The TPU on heelpiece also improve the stability. With the full-length inner sleeve, the protection and comfort can be assured.

Cushion: Why Not Zer0.2 changes the full-length Zoom Air of Zer0.1 to forefoot Zoom Air cushion. It increases the area of forefoot Zoom Air. This design is more suitable to Westbrook.

As the second signature shoe of fashion icon Westbrook, the design of Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 is unique. The design style is fearless and fashion-forward. It’s very suitable to Westbrook.
Many people have been expecting to buy it. Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 will take an important position on the actual combact sneakers of 2019.