With the release of the Air Jordan XX9 this past Saturday, Jordan hosted a Launch Experience in Santa Monica with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. The event gave fans an opportunity to wear-test the latest—and lightest Air Jordan to date—on the court. The first 29 fans that purchased the new sneaker were given VIP access to Westbrook’s Q+A.

“I loved it. It was very comfortable and light,” said Westbrook about the XX9. “I like shoes that I can move around in really quickly. The first time I was able to wear them on the court was in the playoffs and it was a great shoe for me.”

Upon arrival to the main stage, Westbrook broke out a USA-inspired colorway of the XX9 and greeted fans inside Nike Santa Monica. He also surprised two children from the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club with the new sneaker and apparel.

Check out more photos from the XX9 Launch Experience above.

Photos courtesy of Drew Ruiz