Russell Westbrook’s Why Not Zer0.1 has been a beast on-court so far and today we find out why the shoe’s build makes it so great.
While many may not have the heart to chop some of the shoes that arrive on the FastPass band saw, we’re glad the team there does.
Reading comments online regarding this cross section of the Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 has been interesting. Many are complaining that the Zoom Air unit is too thin. However, it’s the standard full-length unit that we’ve been getting for over a decade. Nearly every shoe that features full-length Zoom Air utilizes this same unit and it’s never been considered too thin for anyone — however, this is the age of 15mm thick Zoom units (LeBron 15).
The lacing system was one of the first things I checked out when I had a pair of the Why Not Zero.1 in-hand and this deconstruction shows exactly how it works. The materials that make it up are nothing special or premium, but the implementation is awesome.
The fit is one of my favorite aspects of the shoe and it all has to do with two components: the outer synthetic layer and the inner structure of the shoe. Pulling tightly isn’t even really needed — unless the shoe doesn’t fit you properly — but if you wanted to tug and tighten up a bit, it won’t take much effort.
After the insole and stroble board you’ll run directly into the Phylon foam that makes up the midsole. The cushion is bottom loaded so you won’t see that until the shoe is flipped over.
There it is in all its glory. Full. Length. Zoom.
Three full length Zoom Air units are pictured above: the Air Jordan 12 on the left, the Air Jordan 31 in the middle, and the Why Not Zer0.1 on the right. As I said, the units are identical, so there should be few complaints about the size or thickness (8mm) of the Air unit because it’s been around for decades (like a lot of Nike’s tech).
You can scroll through the rest of the images to get an inside look at the Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 deconstructed.
Share your thoughts below in the comment section and stay tuned for the performance review because we’re nearing the end of our wear-testing period. Spoiler alert…it’s fantastic.