Just because NBA players wont be wearing any “home” player-exclusive sneakers doesn’t mean that you should be doomed to the same fate. Nike Basketball shows that they are prepared for when, if ever, this lockout ends by announcing that they will be releasing two pairs of the new Hyperfuse 2011 for premiere Hyperfuse athletes Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since these two pairs are intended for league play when both the respective point guards are playing on the home team’s court, white makes up the majority of the color for these sneakers. For Rondo, black mesh is fused into the inside layer and Zoom Air sole with green seen on the laces and inner camouflage print with gold setting off the shoe by way of the Swoosh branding and blocked ‘9’.
With Westbrook’s pair blue mesh was the choice of color for the inner-most layer of the sneaker with three shades of orange used on the camo print on the tongue. Aside from the ‘Why Not’ badging, one big difference between these two PEs is the compound used on the sole. Russell is treated to an icey sole made up from the same blue tinted anti-yellowing compound that Jordan Brand has been using all sneakers in the Retro line call for a translucent sole.
I said it when the technology was first seen on basketball sneakers and I’ll say it again now definitively: Hyperfuse picks up where Huarache left off. If you need more indication that this way of constructing sneakers is here to say I just added “hyperfuse” to my laptop’s dictionary; “huarache” was already there.