Russell Westbrook was ready to evolve his game in the 2010-11 season, much like Nike Basketball evolved their footwear. Gone were the clunkier re-retros featuring synthetic leather uppers, replaced by lightweight plastic materials like Hyperfuse. The namesake Nike Hyperfuse was worn by the majority of the league when it dropped in 2010, including Westbrook.
As you may be able to tell from images, the Hyperfuse features much more ventilation than shoes in the past, with open mesh vents in areas of heat, which allows sweat to not build as quickly. In contrast, Russ’ heat increased this season with more aggression shown than in year’s past.
Westbrook would end up averaging more than 20 points (21.9) for the first time in his career and made a big impact in the playoffs, with a 40 point game in the Western Conference semi-finals against the Grizzlies. The Brodie’s OKC Thunder team reached the NBA Finals where they eventually lost to the Miami Heat.
The Nike Hyperfuse is currently unavailable at retailers.