One unintended consequence of the NBA dress code, imposed by commissioner David Stern in 2005, is a veritable style war that’s developed among many of the game’s elite players, fostering a culture in which choosing the right stylist has become a rite of passage to league stardom. One of the NBA’s biggest names, Russell Westbrook, takes pride in crafting his personal style without professional assistance, eschewing the trad look favored by teammate Kevin Durant for one that embraces risk-taking and ostentation. It makes sense, then, that the OKC point guard has been sporting the Air Jordan XX8 this season, a silhouette that requires a certain level of confidence to pull off. This upcoming Thunder-inspired colorway, which Westbrook has already shown off as part of his game day rotation, features a distinctive perforated white leather upper complemented with a Photo Blue inner sleeve and orange outsole. Along with its boldly rendered “Thunder Camo” counterpart, this “Thunder Home” colorway is set to drop in stores May 11th.
Air Jordan XX8
Color: White/Black-Photo Blue
Release Date: May 11th, 2013 (Saturday)