The Reebok JJ II has finally arrived. Want the inside scoop on the new trainer? Who better to tell you about it than J.J. Watt himself.
We took some time to sit down with Watt to chat about what the colorways will look like, what sort of an influence he has on what goes into the shoe, and how the technical features of the shoe have improved.
The JJ 1 had a number of unique colorways that represented Watt, so you can bet his new shoe will as well. The JJ II’s first colorway is a clean black and white, and Watt assured us that Reebok will have many more color stories throughout 2017.
“There are going to be some really cool things coming down the pipeline,” Watt said. “This flex weave material on the whole upper of the shoe really gives you some incredible opportunities, which you’ll see in some of the upcoming colorways we’re going to come out with.”
Along with being involved in colorway updates, Watt also plays a part in making technical updates within the shoe.
He pointed out the JJ II features a liquid-foam midsole to offer your foot a comfortable and smooth ride, a flex weave material upper which is breathable and abrasion resistant to outlast tough workouts, a new low cut design that allows for easier cutting, and a rubber outsole for extra traction for your cuts or backpedaling.
“One thing we noticed with JJ 1 is that we created a shoe you can wear on turf, concrete, wood, or rubber, but we didn’t actually account for backpedaling,” Watt said. “You could go forward, you could go sideways, you could go diagonally, but backwards you kind of lose the traction. So with this shoe, we really made sure we covered every single direction you could go.”
Reebok allows Watt to influence changes for the shoe, which is something that has been important to him since day one. These enhancements include the style transition to a low top, added traction for your cuts and backpedaling, and extra style which means you can casually wear these trainers in the streets.
“What is so cool about this process is I get to use them every day, and I get to give the feedback that changes the shoe,” he said. “I mean, as an athlete, who would you rather have testing the shoe than an athlete?”
If you are looking for a top of the line trainer to help improve your game, Watt said he is confident that the JJ II is the best on the market.
“What we’ve created is what I believe at this current moment is the best training shoe that there is. I’ve worn it every single day since our first prototype and I think it is phenomenal. I can’t wait for the world to have it.”
Get your hands on the Reebok JJ II now at eastbay.com.