After a disappointing signature line with Reebok Basketball, combo guard for the Washington Wizards joined forces with adidas Basketball in early January of 2013. After wearing special makeups of adidas Basketball footwear such as the Crazy Quick and Crazy 1 last season, the brand recently unveiled the signature adidas J Wall 1 for this season and it is now in retailers across the US. One thing that you will notice about the shoe is that it doesn’t feature adidas’s newly-popular Boost technology anywhere on the shoe. From getting direct feedback from John Wall, adidas Basketball and the design team ended up using the new Adiprene Plus instead of Boost Technology. Adiprene Plus is still a responsive cushioning technology, just not as super responsive as Boost technology. At the end of the day, it ultimately comes down to what the athlete wants and what feels most comfortable for them, and for Wall, Adiprene Plus was just that. With the addition of John Wall to the adidas Basketball roster in 2013, adidas has really found their niche in terms of acquiring players to sign to the brand.This past summer they signed rookies Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart, Joel Embiid, Dante Exum, and recently signed Chicago Bulls veteran guard Kirk Heinrich away from Nike Basketball who he previously wore last season. The adidas J Wall 1 retails for $115 and actually just released at major retailers yesterday (10/31/14). Go get your pair!
Sole Collector recently just did an in-depth interview with Robbie Fuller, the footwear designer of the adidas J Wall 1. In the interview, you can find where Fuller got inspiration for the shoe design and even some very small hidden details in the outsole of the shoe that you normally may not have noticed. To check out the interview at Sole Collector, click HERE. (Images courtesy of Sole Collector and Sneaker News).