Verdict from 4 experts and 23 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The PrimeKnit upper of the Adidas J Wall 2 feels comfortable according to many users.
  • Several leave comments that the traction pattern works well on indoor courts.
  • The J Wall 2 does not make a squeaking sound, and plenty of wearers like it that way.
  • The Boost at the heel is loved by many users.  The technology provides a good amount of cushioning and impact protection.
  • A large number of guards leave comments that the Adiprene+ at the forefoot gives them good court feel.
  • Some wearers love that the shoe needs only minimal wiping when used on dusty courts.
  • Wide-footers enjoy wearing the Adidas J Wall 2 Boost. The shoe itself runs long and the Primeknit provides the necessary flexibility.
  • Many buyers are happy that these Adidas performance basketball shoes offer court feel without sacrificing responsiveness.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers say that these Adidas shoes lack ventilation because of the material beneath the Primeknit.
  • Wearers do not recommend the Adidas J Wall 2 for the outdoors. They say the outsole rubber wears off easily.
  • The Borealis colorway of the J Wall 2 looks like a kid’s shoe according to a large number of buyers.
  • A small number of testers mention that the toe cap area tears easily because of the lack of fuse overlays.

Bottom line

The Adidas J Wall 2 Boost is an average and affordable basketball shoe. Designed based on John’s playstyle, the location of the midsole technologies have given him better performance on court. The low-to-the-ground feel of the shoe supports his aggressive lateral and linear movements. This works for lighter players like John who needs minimal impact absorption at the heel. For bigger athletes, this shoe may not be as effective.

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Good to know

The J Wall 2 Boost is John Wall’s second signature sneaker with the Three Stripes. This mid-top shoe features a combination of Adiprene+ and Boost technologies in the midsole, complimenting John’s skills on the court. The breathable upper of the shoe has fuse overlays on the sides to provide durability. The herringbone traction pattern gives the shoe great stopping power.

There are wearers who love Boost above any other cushioning. Hoop shoes with full-length Boost, like the Volume 3 Adidas signature shoe of James Harden, give so much satisfaction with its impact absorption and responsiveness.

Cushion. The midsole of the Adidas J Wall 2 comes with Adiprene+ at the forefoot, and Boost technology at the heel. As a point guard, John is usually on his toes and needs a lot of court feel when doing aggressive moves on court. These aggressive movements are supported by the Adiprene+ technology at the forefoot. Impact protection is provided by the Boost at the heel.

Traction. The Adidas J Wall 2 Boost has the traditional herringbone traction pattern. This pattern works best on clean indoor courts. The outsole rubber can actually withstand outdoor courts, but this is a signature shoe patterned from the needs of an indoor athlete, so it is best not to use the shoe outdoors.

Length and Width. Adidas manufactures basketball shoes in the average lengths and widths. However, the J Wall 2 reportedly runs long. Most reviewers advise new buyers with normal-sized feet to go half to a full size down. It is hard to assess how flexible the upper of the shoe actually is, so the best advice for wide-footers is to fit the shoe at the nearest outlet prior to the purchase.

Lockdown. To securely keep the foot in place, the J Wall 2 Boost comes with the standard lacing system. The tongue of the shoe is soft and well-padded, hugging the ankles comfortably. The heel counter of the shoe has TPU for foot containment. It cups the foot securely to prevent disturbing side-to-side movements.

The upper of the Adidas J Wall 2 consists of Primeknit with fuse overlays to protect high-wear areas from wear and tear. This material wicks away moisture, providing comfort and ventilation to the foot.

The mid-top Adidas J Wall 2 Boost comes in different colorways. To make known the technology used in the shoe, a “boost” callout is located on the lateral side of the shoe. The TPU heel counter displays John Wall’s signature logo. The iconic Three Stripes are found on the outsole and tongue. On the rear of the shoe is a pull tab that helps in getting the foot easily in and out of the shoe. It also adds a nice touch to the shoe’s overall design.

Adidas J Wall 2 Boost Primeknit Aurora Borealis

During the 2016 All-Star Weekend in Toronto, the Adidas J Wall 2 debuted a Primeknit version of the shoe model in a purple, teal, and pink combination. This colorway is also called the Adidas J Wall 2 Primeknit All Star.

The shoe is inspired by the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. It is a “natural light show” that feature spectrum of colors in the sky during the months of August to April.

How J Wall 2 Boost compares

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All shoes average: 82
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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.