Lonzo Ball’s “ZO2 Prime” sneaker by Big Baller Brand made its on court debut at NBA Summer League, but was quickly discarded in favor of a variety of top signature sneakers from major brands like Nike, Jordan, adidas, and Under Armour by the Lakers’ young star.
There were plenty that wondered why he would choose not to wear his own shoe, with the general consensus being that he was doing something of an audition for brands while also attracting added attention by changing sneakers each night. However, there appears to be an even better reason for the change, as Big Baller Brand announced a redesign to Ball’s first signature sneaker on Thursday, via SLAM Magazine.
The new “ZO2 Prime Remix” has a completely new design and look from the original design and was unveiled in a video on Thursday, showing off a new silhouette and design elements.
Ball calls the sneaker the “lightest” on the market, and those that ordered the original ZO2 will receive these on the original pre-order shipment date if they don’t cancel their order.
Those who already pre-ordered the original ZO2 Primes can expect this “remix” version to still arrive by the original November shipping date. The Showtime edition and the “Independence Day” colorways will also be converted into this new silhouette and shipping dates for pre-orders of those will also remain the same. There is a refund option for those who pre-ordered the original ZO2 shoe and would rather not receive the newer version.
The sneaker features a different look at all levels, as the upper features the sock-like fit around the ankle that has become popular in many Nike and adidas signatures. The foam on the bottom no longer looks like knock-off adidas BOOST (or BBBoost, as some jokingly called it) and the silhouette now is more differentiated from the old Kobe sneakers so many pointed to the original design looking like.
As for the new colorways expected to come out, the video gave us a taste of what’s to come, with a brief look at the all-black, Lakers “Showtime” colorway, as well as an all-white and a black and olive colorway.
I would have to say the redesign is an improvement over the original, giving it some more areas to add pops of color for non-monotone colorways and different textures. Pre-orders for the “ZO2 Prime Remix” start today and four more colorways are on their way shortly.