GETTING A shoe named after you is one of a professional athlete’s ultimate honors. Finally, National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star point guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards will unveil the adidas J Wall 1, a signature basketball shoe and apparel collection inspired by his on-court quick style of play and off-court fashion sense.
The 24-year old Wall is coming off his fourth and arguably best season in 2013-2014 highlighted by his first ever All-Star Game stint. He played in all 82 games for the first time and submitted career season total highs in all major statistical categories but more importantly, he led the Wizards of Coach Randy Wittman back to the playoffs with a 44-38 win-loss record.
“I feel really blessed to have my own signature line and I think my fans and basketball players are going to love playing in this shoe,” said Wall, the first overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky. “It’s also a shoe with great colors and materials that you can dress up off the court which is really important to me.”
In addition to the J Wall 1 signature shoe, a J Wall signature apparel collection is also available. Smartly designed t-shirts, hoodies and shorts all feature the new John Wall logo.
The said logo is a combination of the letters “J” and “W” with the former crossing over to the latter to represent his quick style and ability to get past defenders. It is also representative of how Wall can transition from being a top NBA pro to a fashion plate off the court.
“JW” is also a tribute to his late father John Wall Sr., who passed away when he was only nine. Meanwhile, more symbols from Wall’s life story can be seen in a map of the United States on the outsole depicting his connection with the city of Washington, DC and fans throughout the nation.
To complement John’s quick, aggressive style of play, the J Wall 1 midsole features full length adiprene+ cushioning for enhanced responsiveness, comfort and superior heel to toe transition. Wall’s quick style of play is supported from the full length lateral FITFRAME which allows for a more controlled surface for Wall to plant against during explosive cuts. A unique air mesh textile upper offers supreme comfort and breathability and is finished with rip-stop overlays for enhanced durability.
“We designed and engineered every aspect of this shoe to compliment John’s quick style of play on the court,” said adidas Basketball Global Design Director Robbie Fuller. “Our close collaboration with John allowed us to deliver a shoe that will help him improve performance while telling his unique, personal story through the John Wall logo and details throughout the shoe.”
The J Wall 1 shoe will be available in adidas stores and major department stores starting November 1 (Saturday) in two colorways – one inspired by the Wizards’ red and blue uniforms and another in black with more colorways to be released as the 2014-2015 NBA season progresses. The suggested retail price is PHP 5,995.00 a pair.