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Jordan Why Not Zero.3 Review

Jordan Why Not Zero.3
Jordan Why Not Zero.3
Jordan Why Not Zero.3
Jordan Why Not Zero.3
Deals from $89.99
8.4
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$129.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
1/2020
Ranking:
Traction
7.5
Cushion
8.5
Materials
8.0
Support
9.0
Fit
8.3
Outdoor
0%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

Black / White / Metallic Gold
Black / White / Metallic Gold
in 5 shops
$89.99
$130
White / Bright Crimson / Black
White / Bright Crimson / Black
in 5 shops
$97.49
$130
White / White / Black / Metallic Silver
White / White / Black / Metallic Silver
in 3 shops
$129.99
White/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/White
White/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/White
from Nike
$130.00
White / Racer Pink / Ghost Green / Black
White / Racer Pink / Ghost Green / Black
from Nike
$130.00
Particle Grey / Black / Iron Grey / Pink Blast
Particle Grey / Black / Iron Grey / Pink Blast
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Summary of 4 Expert Reviews:

Pros:

Big Zoom Air unit in the forefoot
Less bulky than previous models

CONS:

Lateral sliding on dusty courts
Materials don't feel very premium in-hand

Performance of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

Russell Westbrook's third signature sneaker is still as flashy as his playing style, but how does it perform? The traction gets mixed reviews: critics liked it on clean courts, but lateral cuts can be problematic on dusty courts. The forefoot Zoom Air unit gives you a smooth and responsive ride and the foam in the heel provides solid impact protection. Materials don't feel or look anything close to premium but they get the job done performance-wise and are less bulky than in the previous models. The support & lockdown are really good thanks to the traditional lacing system, midfoot strap, and huge Achilles pillows. Overall, the Why Not Zer0.3 is an evolution of Russell's signature series and will work especially well for explosive players looking for a nicely-balanced sneaker.
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Reviews of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

The 8.4 average overall rating ranks #80 of 123 shoes overall
7.8
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
February 9, 2020
If it wasn't for the horrible traction in my colorway I could have seen myself playing a whole lot in the Why Not Zer0.3.
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8.2
RicheeKim
January 14, 2020
The Why Not Zer0.3 is not a terrible performer overall, but the issues with lateral traction are a dealbreaker for me.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
Everything about this shoe is super solid. If you like the flashy and futuristic design this is a great shoe to pickup!
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8.6
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
The Why Not Zer0.3 is a really good performer. I like it a lot better than the first two models, but I still would have preferred it to be a little lighter and more minimal-feeling.
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Traction of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

The 7.5 average traction rating ranks #102 of 123 shoes overall
6.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
February 9, 2020
Even on clean courts, I was sliding everywhere in my colorway.
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7.0
RicheeKim
January 14, 2020
I didn't think the traction was very good as I would slide on lateral moves, even on clean courts. Linear moves and stops were fine.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
The multi-directional herringbone traction pattern is pretty responsive on explosive movements but you will slip from time to time when moving at high speeds.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
The rubber is super soft and offers a very hard bite on clean courts. Even on dusty courts, you will only experience minor slipping and wiping will give you good traction immediately.
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Cushion of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

The 8.5 average cushion rating ranks #68 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
February 9, 2020
The articulated Zoom felt nice right out of the gate. The setup is a little firmer compared to the Why Not Zer0.2.
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8.0
RicheeKim
January 14, 2020
The segmented forefoot Zoom unit is really enjoyable and the foam in the heel gives you decent impact protection.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
The largest Zoom Air unit in a WhyNotZer0 sneaker in the forefoot gives you a smooth and responsive ride.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
The cushioning feels pretty soft in the heel and the court feel is better than in the Why Not Zer0.2 but still not great. The Zoom Air in the forefoot feels bouncy and explosive.
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Materials of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

The 8.0 average materials rating ranks #89 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
February 9, 2020
The materials get the job done.
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8.0
RicheeKim
January 14, 2020
The materials don't feel the most premium and your feet get hot quickly. But when it comes to performance, I have no complaints.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
This is the lightest shoe in Russell's signature series which is a good thing. Overall, the materials don't feel or look super premium but the get the job done.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
The materials aren't great quality-wise but it gets the job done.
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Support of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

The 9.0 average support rating ranks #10 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
February 9, 2020
This shoe is super-duper supportive and feels very stable and safe.
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9.0
RicheeKim
January 14, 2020
No heel slippage, no side-to-side movement on the footbed, and the lacing system pulls your feet down really tightly.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
The lacing system and the forefoot strap work really well and the TPU heel counter locks your heel into place.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
The midfoot strap and the lateral caging provide great containment and the added heel pillows prevent any heel slippage.
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Fit of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

The 8.3 average fit rating ranks #75 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
RicheeKim
January 14, 2020
The lacing system and strap really pull down your feet and provide a very good fit.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
The fit and comfort are a lot less bulky compared to the predecessor and pretty good overall.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
The materials stretch out a little to accommodate your feet nicely. I also liked the additional lockdown of the midfoot strap.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 0% average outdoor rating ranks #93 of 123 shoes overall
no
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
Hooping outdoors is a little iffy and I wouldn't recommend it as the rubber wears off quickly.
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no
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
The rubber is very, very soft, so definitely don't play outdoors in these.
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Width of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

regularly wide
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
February 9, 2020
The fit should work for narrow and wide feet.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
January 14, 2020
A little snug for me as a slightly wide-footer, but the materials stretched out nicely to accommodate my feet.
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regularly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
The width is regular.
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regularly wide
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
Not super snug at first and the materials stretch out a little after a while.
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Size of the Jordan Why Not Zero.3:

true to size
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
February 9, 2020
Runs true to size.
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true to size
RicheeKim
January 14, 2020
As a slightly wide-footer I was perfectly fine going true to size as the materials stretch out a little.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 3, 2020
Even wide-footers should be able to go true to size.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
January 3, 2020
Go true to size.
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Deals from $89.99:
Black / White / Metallic Gold
Black / White / Metallic Gold
in 5 shops
$89.99
$130
White / Bright Crimson / Black
White / Bright Crimson / Black
in 5 shops
$97.49
$130
White / White / Black / Metallic Silver
White / White / Black / Metallic Silver
in 3 shops
$129.99
White/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/White
White/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/White
from Nike
$130.00
White / Racer Pink / Ghost Green / Black
White / Racer Pink / Ghost Green / Black
from Nike
$130.00