What’s good SLAM FAM? Today we take a look at the adidas J Wall.
Yes, this is the first John Wall signature shoe. With the Wizards making a lot of noise this season, the three stripes thought it made sense to give Mr. Wall his shine. We at SLAM thought so too (see issue #184 coming soon).
The J Wall fits true to size. It doesn’t have that superior lock-in feel of the D Rose 5 or Crazy Light Boost, but it holds its own. The double-sided synthetic fit factor is one positive feature that locks you in when there is a change in direction that occurs, giving you the support you long for.
Coming in at 14.1 oz., I really like the middle ground of lightness to this shoe. Sometimes too light equates to lack of support but this pair is light done right. It actually feels lighter than its weight when you examine it and hold it up.
Traction was carried by the multi-directional patterns to cover your every move. I really dig the full-length lateral FITFRAME that initiates a more controlled experience for you when you plant during explosive cuts. Had minimal slips indoors but no problem on cemented courts.
One aspect that stood out was the textile upper with a kind of graphic print. It has an air mesh vibe to its upper. I am a big fan of mesh when it comes to comfort and breathe-ability. Felt good playing in these with the air mesh. There is also a solid rubber outsole present with a map of the United States with “Wall” written across the left and right shoe, highlighting Washington DC with lines connecting to every team’s city on the map. Only means the Wall show is coming to every city, every night. I found the textile lining with padded heel also comfortable and pleasing to the eyes.
The thing is, I have been spoiled by Boost technology. When I use the D Rose 5 and the Crazy Light Boost, I feel at home. But if you are having second thoughts on this one because of the absence of Boost, not to worry, the speckled full-length adiPrene+ midsole is there for cushioning. As well as rip-stop overlays for enhanced durability. The full-length adiPrene+ cushioning midsole is there for enhanced responsiveness and comfort as well as heel-to-toe transition, so you can explode off the floor and come down to a soft landing.
LOOK AND FEEL
The mesh build, scaled down frame and vertical stripe branding are all great aspects of the shoe. A solid first signature for Wall in general. The translucent rubber outsole and rubber toe bumper are just icing on the cake.
John Wall made it a point when he had his input on the shoe to have the design feasible to be an off-court shoe. With Robbie Fuller at the helm, I think they were able to accomplish that.
This shoe really fits John Wall’s aggressive, drive to the basket play. He’s come a long way from little bro Reebok to the adi Crazyquick and his Crazy 97 PE. He gets the 1 up over adidas compadre Damian Lillard as well as Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving in the battle of upcoming superstar guards to come out with signature shoes. Sure Boost changes everything, but for a comfortable and affordable alternative, this shoe pays the bills.
The adidas J Wall retails for PHP5,995. Cop your pair at a Titan or adidas shop near you.
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