In a Tuesday press release, John Wall and adidas officially unveiled the Wizards star's new signature shoe, the J Wall 2.
The design is intended to be both functional for Wall's style of play and fashionable to suit his sartorial tastes.
From the release:
Inspired by his highlight reel of signature 360 layups, no-look passes and smothering defense, the J Wall 2 is designed to enhance John’s elite speed on the court while reflecting his energetic, vibrant style off it. John collaborated with adidas to create a shoe that elevates his ability to penetrate the lane, create off the dribble and blow by the best basketball players in the world.
“We wanted to create a shoe that helps my game and represents my style,” John said. “The shoe really shows what I love about fashion with loud colors and bold designs. Every part of the shoe is made to help how I play the game but it’s also made for fans who want to stand out on the court and represent with style off it.”
The home version (available October 31) is white with a pixelated camo pattern, while the away version (available Novermber 6) is navy blue with animal print. Both have red accents throughout to represent the Wizards colors. You can buy them for $115 at adidas.com, Foot Locker, Finish Line and Eastbay.
Designers made a point of incorporating elements of Wall's personal life, such as his late father's initials in the tongue liner. On the underside of each pair of J Wall 2s, the outsole is engraved with one of several two-part phrases that hold special meaning for the point guard.
• "Great Wall" - one of his nicknames that represents his aspirations to greatness
• "Mama's Boy" - a tribute to his mother, Francis Pulley, and her inspirational presence in his life
• "Five Deep" - the name of his group of childhood friends, with whom Wall remains close
• "Raleigh 919" - his hometown and its area code
The words are split onto two shoes. For example, the sole of the right shoe will say "Great" while the left says "Wall." Worn together, well, you get the idea.
Check out some of the official J Wall 2 photos and let us know what you think.
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