Jordan Why Not Zero.2 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$119.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
1/2019
Outdoor Rating:
30%
# of Reviews:
8
Traction
 
8.8
Cushion
 
9.0
Material
 
8.3
Support
 
8.4
Fit
 
8.3
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Very supportive shoe
  • Great all-around shoe

CONS:

  • No outstanding features

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

The design of the Why Not Zero.2 is almost as extravagant as Russell Westbrook's clothing style, but how does it perform? Most reviewers gave the traction good grades, but the majority of them liked the traction of the predecessor even better. The cushioning is no longer full-length Zoom, but that is not a big loss as the forefoot Zoom Air performs very well and the Phylon heel is very comfortable. Support and lockdown are strong features of this shoe -perfect for explosive players like Russell Westbrook! Overall, the Why Not Zero.2 is a great allrounder without any glaring weaknesses, that comes with flashy design and at a fair price.
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Expert Reviews of the Jordan Why Not Zero.2:

9.1
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Why Not Zero.2 is quick, comfortable, supportive, and breaks in quickly.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Traction is superb, materials are 50:50, support is solid, cushioning is responsive in the forefoot and comfortable in the heel. There is nothing bad about the Why Not Zero.2, but there is also nothing phenomenal. Not the best shoe I ever played in but a good performer overall.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
I really enjoyed playing in the Jordan Why Not Zero.2. They look great, the price is right, whatever position you play - you are going to enjoy these!
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9.0
Schwollo
I’ve literally got nothing to complain about with this shoe. Jordan made the Why Not Zero.2 a lot more fun with a bouncier cushioning set-up while keeping the shoe just great all around.
8.8
RicheeKim
For $125 this is a really nice shoe - highly recommended! The traction and fit are the outstanding features for me.
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8.3
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Overall this shoe is really dope. The only downside is that the traction is a downgrade compared to the first Russell Westbrook sneaker.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I think the Jordan Why Not Zero.2 are a solid performer, and fun to play in. But the hefty materials, the uncomfortableness I experienced in the collar area and the uneven support in the heel to forefoot throw them off.
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8.0
PureKicks
The cushioning is absolutely amazing and reminds me of the AJ29. This is an amazing overall performer, Russell Westbrook and Jordan Brand should be proud!
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Traction of the Jordan Why Not Zero.2:

9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traction gripped really well, even on dusty courts.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The solid rubber grabs the floor really hard.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
The circular traction pattern is freaking amazing and gives you great stopping power on clean courts. On dusty courts, it takes you only a slight wipe from time to time.
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9.0
Schwollo
Excellent bite right out of the box on all surfaces with very little to no wiping on dusty floors.
9.0
RicheeKim
The circular pattern gives you coverage in all directions. On dusty courts, you need a slight wipe and you are good to go again.
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7.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The traction worked wonders on clean courts, but once the rubber touched dust I was figure-skating.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The traction is one of my favorite features of this shoe. Even on a very dirty middle-school court, the traction is tacky and responsive.
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8.0
PureKicks
The traction held up well on all courts! Gets the job done, and then some.
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Cushion of the Jordan Why Not Zero.2:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The large volume Zoom Air unit in the forefoot provides a lot of impact protection. The heel is just regular Phylon.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
No more full-length Zoom, but I am not mad. Forefoot Zoom is nice and there is still a lot of impact protection.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Bouncy in the forefoot and nice compression in the heel. Court feel could be a little better.
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9.0
Schwollo
The Zoom feels Zoomy and the injected Phylon feels good underfoot from the get-go.
9.0
RicheeKim
Decent amount of impact protection in the heel. Very bouncy big-volume Zoom Air unit in the forefoot.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I love the way the cushioning feels. The perfect combination of bounciness and stiffness.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Unlocked Zoom in the forefoot and injected Phylon in the midsole. This is a very robust cushioning setup with a ton of impact protection.
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10.0
PureKicks
The unlocked Zoom bag feels incredible! Feels back memories of the AJ29.
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Materials of the Jordan Why Not Zero.2:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The mesh and knit materials require zero break-in time and get the job done.
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I'm 50:50 when it comes to materials. I like the mesh in the front, but the heel feels bulky and clunky.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are soft and feel really nice on foot.
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9.0
Schwollo
These materials LOOK way more premium than most shoes in the 140 under range.
9.0
RicheeKim
Different mesh, fuse, and knit materials feel premium and get the job done.
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8.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Materials are a little basic - but they work.
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7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I like the mesh in the forefoot and I think that the thick upper materials will last for a long time.
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8.0
PureKicks
The textile mesh gets the job done, but takes a while to break in.
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Support of the Jordan Why Not Zero.2:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Support is good, but not as good as the original.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The lacing system really locks in your feet nicely. The beefy internal heel counter makes sure that there is no heel slip at all.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
I would have liked the base to be a little wider to increase stability. Overall, support and lockdown are pretty awesome.
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9.0
Schwollo
I had zero issues with support and stability and it’s nice to feel some support around my ankles.
8.0
RicheeKim
No heel slippage, no side-to-side movement. The base isn't very wide and even a little bit rounded, but I never had any problems.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
No lateral movements, no heel slippage, and very good lockdown.
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7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The decoupled design of the outsole combined with the narrow and rounded base felt a little too wobbly for me.
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7.0
PureKicks
The support is solid but nothing about it is outstanding.
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Fit of the Jordan Why Not Zero.2:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The fit isn't as tight or suffocating as in the Why Not Zero.1 and worked fine for me.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The shoe is pretty comfortable overall, but the heel feels a little clunky at times.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The one-bootie construction takes a little to break-in and to get comfortable.
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9.0
Schwollo
No movement inside the shoe and no heel slip.
9.0
RicheeKim
The shoe hugs my feet really nicely.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The midfoot and forefoot fit was solid, but the inside collar area was digging into my foot which didn't work out well with my hurt ankle.
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7.0
PureKicks
The padding and heel counter do a great job, but the fit is a little bit long and wide.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

fair
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Traction was good outdoors but the rubber is on the softer side and probably won't last very long.
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good
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The rubber is pretty durable so you should be able to hoop indoors and outdoors.
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no
The Sole Brothers
Outdoor courts? Hell no!
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no
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Outdoors? Don't think about it! These will grind down really fast.
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no
PureKicks
The grooves are very malleable and I wouldn't recommend outdoor use.
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Width of the Jordan Why Not Zero.2:

regularly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Wide footers can also go true to size.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The fit is pretty narrow and the toe box is rather tight.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
I am a slightly wide-footer and I didn't have any problems with these.
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regularly wide
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I think wide-footer and narrow-footers will be fine going true to size.
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slightly wide
PureKicks
The fit is slightly wide.
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Size of the Jordan Why Not Zero.2:

true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The shoe fits true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
These run true to size.
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true to size
Schwollo
I went true to size
true to size
RicheeKim
True to size.
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true to size
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I went true to size.
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true to size
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I went true to size
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½ size large
PureKicks
The shoe fits slightly long. Get it a half size-long
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