words // Brandon Richard
With the departure of Allen Iverson and Yao Ming shelved by injury, Reebok Basketball turned their attention to incoming Kentucky point guard John Wall to get their foot back in the hoops door last summer. They signed Wall to a reported 5-year deal that would include at least two signature shoes after his rookie campaign. Drafted number one overall by the Washington Wizards, Wall spent majority of his first year wearing the Reebok Zig Slash in several Wizards-themed colorways. For his sophomore season, John Wall will be lacing up his first official signature shoe - the Reebok Zig Encore.
The Zig Encore doesn't divert much from the Zig Slash in terms of design concept. Zig Technology makes a return in slightly less bulky fashion on the outsole. The upper sports a layered synthetic build, with perforations along the toebox and medial heel. The Vector logo is prominently displayed on the side panels, while Wall's personal logo appears on the tongue. The collar of the right shoe features a mock John Wall signature, the left reads 'Humble and Hungry,' a motto Wall lives by. Look for these to drop sometime this fall.
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