When Russell Westbrook wears retros to a game, it’s not an accident. While several NBA players around the league have built a cult of personality simply based on the shoes they wear and not their actual performance, Westbrook has it both ways. As the appointed successor to wear the signature Air Jordan, he is often seen rocking the latest models like the Air Jordan XX9 and Air Jordan XXX, but when he breaks out the retro heat, there’s a buzz and fresh feeling there. You know it’s going to coordinate with the uniforms and that there’s a chance they’re either very rare or something we’ve never seen anybody else wear to a game.
He’s running out of time to rock the Air Jordan 4 Dunk From Above before they release to the public, so we’ve decided to feature him wearing the kicks. Kinda. It’s the featured pair in this week’s edition of NBA 2K16 Kicks.
The colorway is easy enough to bring into the game, but there are two roadblocks that are going to prevent you from making a 100% recreation. The first problem is the disappearance of the shoe’s signature netting; they were replaced by generic perforated panels (the netting was in 2K15, go figure). The gum sole that gives the shoe a very casual appeal can only be placed on the toe because the midsole color option takes up the entire bottom of the shoe save for that one part on the toe.
As you can see in the screenshots below, the shoe looks right at home on an NBA court, especially when the Thunder wear their Alternate and Christmas Day uniforms. Apologies to DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry here as they get routinely worked by the #FashionKing.
For more information on this release, check out our Air Jordan 4 Dunk From Above launch page that will have all the news, images, videos and links to buy on release day.