-exclusive look at the Big Baller Brand ZO2-
Say what you want about the Ball family and their polarizing Big Baller Brand, but when they decided to have a pop up shop/meet and greet at the go to sneaker consignment shop in Las Vegas, Urban Necessities, it was pure pandemonium.
Fans from all over were waiting since as early as 3 AM (the event started at 11 AM), and the line was 500 plus deep when the event got under way. Before I get into my impressions of the ZO2, I have to say Lavar’s personality was definitely larger than life, and he’s a really nice guy who went that extra mile for any fan that stopped him to say hi or take a picture. Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo were all pretty reserved and quiet, but were also very nice and made themselves accessible to their fans.
-the Ball family signing merch-
Now onto the sneaker. I know most are curious how that cushion feels like and to my surprise it had a nice rebound to it when I squished it with my thumb. It’s obviously not built like how a boost midsole is molded with individual boost pellets, but it felt nice and compressed easily. Yes, appearance wise, it does have a strong resemblance to Sketchers Burst midsoles. I was pleasantly surprised though how much the midsole bounced back and makes me curious how it actually performs.
The upper is your typical fuse upper. It was pretty pliable for a fuse, didn’t feel stiff or rigid at all in hand. The interior padding is very plush. The overall weight was a little heavier than I expected, especially for a low top. Based on its pattern, the traction looks like it will perform well. Obviously, pattern design isn’t everything, and there really isn’t a way to say for sure without testing them out on court.
-good look at the BBB ZO2 midsole-
-a look inside the BBB ZO2, interior heel padding was plush!-
-the BBB ZO2 Traction-
-the heel of the BBB ZO2-
Overall, it’s a very well constructed shoe, I don’t foresee Lonzo having the ZO2 fall apart on him mid-game or anything ridiculous like that. Do I think it’s worth $495? No, it’s honestly probably more of $120-$150 shoe, but in no way did it feel like some Payless knock off either. The UN has the ZO2 I had in hand in their Heat Locker now. UPDATE: One lucky fan recently just won the pair from UN’s Heat Locker!
-this BBB ZO2 sample is ready to be won by one lucky fan!-
-and it looks we have a winner!- (courtesy of the UN’s IG)-
I want to give a big thank you to Jaysse Lopez and everybody over at the UN for letting me cover this unforgettable event and get an exclusive look at shoe! Appreciate it family!