Russell Westbrook is best known for his basketball prowess, however the design for his next sneaker features references to motorsport competitions. What’s more, the shoe’s name elicits thoughts of the late rap megastar Nipsey Hussle, a longtime friend to the Washington Wizards star.
Releasing today is the Jordan Why Not Zer0.4 in the “Marathon” colorway, which is Westbrook’s current signature basketball shoe with Jordan Brand. The bold look of the shoe kicks off with a multicolored textile upper combined with an intricate lacing system appearing on the heel and forefoot, which helps keep the foot locked in over the cushioning. Additional specs include double-stacked Air Zoom units at the forefoot providing maximum on-court responsiveness and bounce.
Although the name makes people immediately think of the late California-based rapper, the product description of the shoe states this iteration is a nod to the legendary Indianapolis motorsport competition known as the Indianapolis 500 and iconic racing suit designs that the drivers are typically wearing in the race. Linking the inspiration back to Westbrook’s basketball abilities is his engine, an inner drive to win and be the best.
In related Jordan Brand news, the brand is releasing the latest Air Jordan 13 “Red Flint” on May 1 via SNKRS for $190.