John Wall entered the NBA after leading the Kentucky Wildcats for a season. When Wall left, so did a bunch of lottery picks. Five players from the University of Kentucky were drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. Upon being drafted, John Wall would sign an endorsement deal with Reebok.
In a productive first season, Wall’s speed and athleticism was impressive but he lost out on the Rookie of the Year award and came second to the highflyer, Blake Griffin. Starting with Reebok and Zigtech, Wall made the jump over to adidas after the third signature shoe. Wall received the John Wall 1 which unveiled his signature logo with his initials JW intertwined. The point guard has shown flashes of brilliance and will only continue to get better as his career progresses.
The History of John Wall’s Basketball Shoes
Reebok Zig Slash
John Wall signed a deal with Reebok before he was even draft. His first signature shoe came in the form of the Reebok Zig Slash. They featured Reebok’s innovative Zigtech and focused on using the rising star to market it. The shoes featured a foam outsole was supposed to absorb impact and spread it through the zigs and zags. The shoes weren’t too popular and Reebok was forced to try again with Wall’s second signature shoe. He recorded his first career triple-double and was named the MVP of the Rookie Game in the Zig Slash.
- “Gold Rush” Gold/Black/Blue
- “Capital Blue”
- “Coach Bob Hurley” PE
Reebok Zig Encore
Improving on the disappointment of the Zig Slash, the Encore did improve but not by much. Retailing at $115, many chose to stray away from the shoe which didn’t perform as well as others for the price. In the Reebok Zig Encore, Wall was able to build upon the success of his impressive rookie year. He played all 66 games in the shortened locked out season. Wall was a lone bright spot in another Wizards’ disappointing season
- “Word of God” Purple/White/Yellow
- Flat Grey/California Blue/Black
- “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”
- “Beyond the Gold”
- “21st Birthday”
Reebok Zig Escape
John Wall’s third season came with the Zig Escape. Once again, Reebok attempted to make Zigtech happen through their young athlete. They ZigNano sole was trimmed down to saty closer to the ground for a sleek look. In his third year, Wall has proven his athleticism and lighting quick agility. The ZigEncore was forced to keep up with Wall without hiderng his moves. John Wall’s autograph could be found by the ankle area. These would be Wall’s last shoe with Reebok as he transitions to adidas to join Derrick Rose.
- Tin Grey/Black/White
- “Digi Camo”
adidas Crazyquick 2
Fitting his style of play, adidas laced Wall up in the adidas Crazyquick 2. The name fits extremly well too. This wasn’t a signature shoe for Wall, but he was heavily affiliated with this model. He unveiled the shoe and shared the model with other adidas athletes like Damian Lillard. Like Lillard, the following season would entail a signature shoe to join the ranks of Derrick Rose.
- “John Wall”
- “Battle Pack”
- “Damian Lillard”
John Wall competes for the nation’s capital as a member of the Washington Wizards. He got his first couple of signature sneakers with Reebok but then swapped brands to adidas. Making the jump from Reebok to adidas wasn’t a big of a deal as many may think, adidas owns Reebok. The belief is Wall’s ability to market increased with the brand change.
The J Wall 1 sneaker is a mid-cut basketball sneaker for optimal support and it’s built on FITFRAME 3D-moulded TPU so that users will have stability around the heel area. The sole system is a full-length Adiprene for dynamic cushioning while dressed in a seemless upper for ventilation.
- Core Black / Light Scarlet / Running
- “DC Blue”-Collegiate Navy
- Light Onix / Core Black / Running White
- “Floral”-Core Black
- “Alternate Away”
- “Cherry Blossom”
- “Sky Blue”- Lucy Blue/Scarlett
- “Black History Month”
- “NYC All Star”
- “Bad Dreams”
- “Woven Paisley”