Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 11.5oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 7mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
  • Release date
    Jul 2017
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Summary

We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Fitness enthusiasts lauded the Reebok JJ II for being a comfortable training shoe.
  • Based on general user feedback, the JJ II’s was stable for plyometrics, squats, and weightlifting.
  • Its grippy sole was praised for providing good traction.
  • Wearers commented that the wide toe box allowed for comfortable toe splaying.
  • The material used for the shoe was considered durable by a handful of testers.
  • Some users mentioned that the trainer looked good for casual wear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Many reviewers complained that the JJ II ran a size bigger than what they were used to.
  • The material on the upper did not sit well with some of the gym buffs because it was too stiff for them.

Bottom line

The Reebok JJ II received good reviews in general. It was lauded as an all-around training shoe that is also good enough for casual wear. Gym aficionados liked that the shoe kept them steady during squats, lifting weights and plyometrics. Not only did the wearers find it appealing, but they also deemed it to be durable. Despite the overwhelmingly positive response, a good number had issues with the sizing and the apparently stiff upper material.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible

    The JJ 2’s are a well built, high performing, excellent quality shoe that can hang with most shoes that cost about half more than Reebok is asking.

  • 86 / 100 | Garage Gym Reviews

    It's an awesome shoe; it's not really designed so much, you know, for CrossFit athletes, you know, people in that space. I think this is really designed for, you know, football players.

  • 86 / 100 | Garage Gym Reviews

    The JJ 2 Training Shoes from Reebok are a great pair of training shoes for those looking to train for sports in a similar manner as JJ Watt.

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Updates to Reebok JJ II

  • Released in July 2017, the JJ II is the second iteration of a shoe designed in collaboration with an American football player J. J. Watt.
  • The JJ II has been redesigned to have a lower profile, different tread pattern for better traction and a new woven material atop the mesh.
  • The LiquidFoam, the midsole technology used in the first JJ has been retained, as well as the mesh upper.
  • More cushioning has been added to the tongue to keep the foot more comfortable and secure.

Reebok JJ II size and fit

The JJ II is available in men’s sizes only and doesn’t have a dedicated women’s version. The shoe tends to run on the large side and an in-person fitting is advisable to get an accurate and comfortable fit. The available width for the shoe is D – Medium.

Outsole

The outsole of the JJ II is made from a transparent rubber that runs the entire length of the shoe. The outsole is engineered to be resistant to abrasion and wear and does not easily get compressed.

The flat heel provides stability during weightlifting or squatting while the slight upward curl on the toe helps the foot during dynamic routines.

It sports new graded lugs that provide more grip and traction needed when pushing off the ground.

Midsole

The LiquidFoam technology is used in the midsole of the shoe. This type of cushion is soft enough to absorb and distribute the impact. It is also adequately firm to support and stabilize the foot.

The JJ II also features support pillars inside the midsole that prevent too much compression and keep the foot firmly planted during weightlifting or squats.

Upper

The mesh upper of the Reebok JJ II is reinforced with LenoWeave, a sheer fabric created by twisting around two warp yarns onto weft yarns. The twisted warp yarns are what makes the LenoWeave durable. The combination of the mesh and LenoWeave keeps the foot properly ventilated and supported during workouts.

Round laces secure the webbed lacing system. Two strips of fabric going across the first two eyelets near the forefoot to deliver a snug fit when the laces are tightened.

The tongue and collar of the JJ II are padded to cushion the foot as well as to keep it in place.

It has a low-cut profile that facilitates ankle mobility during explosive workouts.

At the back of the shoe is a heel counter, which serves to support the heel during lateral movements and plant the foot to the midsole.

Additional Info

  • In August 2018, the trainer has returned to the market in plain white hues to signify a "Clean Slate", or a fresh start for the great J. J. Watt. The shoe symbolically reflects the athlete's mental and physical recovery from a serious injury. The removable insole features a yellow construction tape with black letters stating: "Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey."