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73 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
It's just mediocre at best.
It's a really cool shoe.
Whatever the case, the performance, like the Zig Slash and Zig Pro Future, will gravitate to those who can find their groove and feel comfortable with the ZigTech.
they weren’t playable and I can’t play in something that isn’t playable
At $115 though, it there are better playing options from almost every competing brand. But if you like the aesthetic of the Zig tooling, and are looking for an alternative to the bigger names, the Encore does play well.
It's a good shoe.
The Reebok ZigEncore is a follow up shoe for John Wall after the success of the ZigSlash. In October 2011, John Wall celebrated the release of the Reebok Wall Season 2 ZigEncore in New York City. He said he is involved in the creation of the shoe by talking to the designers to express how he wants the shoe to be.
He says to new basketball players, “Lead by example. The main thing is to get your teammates the ball. [If] you get to the fourth quarter and you did all the scoring, and your teammates ain't touched the ball, you ain't going to have nobody to finish the game with you."
Nowadays, $115 is worth a signature shoe packed with booming technologies. The Three Stripes released Dame Lillard’s 5th signature shoe that comes with a Bounce midsole. The Jordan brand also has the 11th Chris Paul signature shoe with forefoot and heel Zoom units.
Cushion. The Reebok Wall Season 2 ZigEncore features a sleeker ZigNano midsole. It provides optimal impact protection at the heel. The forefoot area has a firmer midsole in order to provide responsiveness and a low-to-the-ground feel, which John Wall needs to fuel his explosive footwork.
Traction. The Reebok Zig Encore features a herringbone traction pattern. Such pattern is known to have a great grip on any court floor. For an aggressive and explosive player like John Wall, the herringbone traction pattern is a good fit especially that he does a lot of quick stops and jabs.
Length and Width. Many say that the Reebok Wall Season 2 ZigEncore is designed based on John Wall’s foot shape and size. Reviewers do not advise new buyers to go true to size, even those with narrow feet. They claim that there is so much room at the toe box, causing foot slippage. They highly suggest that buyers find a way to fit the shoe first before making the purchase.
Lockdown. The Reebok Wall Season 2 Zig Encore utilizes the traditional lacing system. The shoelaces and the tongue can be adjusted to achieve a desirable fit. The internal heel counter and the height of the ankle collar are just enough to deliver support. The inner walls of the shoe model are well-padded to provide a comfortable fit and ride.
The upper of the Reebok ZigEncore is made of perforated leather. The inside of the shoe has thick foam pads to provide a comfortable and supportive hug to the ankle.
The high-top silhouette of the Reebok Wall Season 2 ZigEncore comes in different stylish colorways. Current owners recommend wearing it with long or short pants and joggers.
The following are some of the most common colorways of the Reebok Wall Season 2 Zig Encore:
- Flat Grey/California Blue/Black
Like other signature shoes, the Reebok Zig Encore is also released in limited colorways. Discussed in the subsections below are some of the iconic limited colorways that were released without announcements.
Reebok Zig Encore “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”
The “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” colorway is inspired by Will Smith’s colorful and trendy outfit from the sitcom. The shoe model has a lime-green base with accents of orange, neon pink, and light blue. It was a limited release of only 100 pairs.
Reebok Zig Encore “All-Star”
The All Star colorway is also called the John Wall All Star PE. It is a special edition colorway commemorating Wall as the overall number one NBA Draft. These flashy basketball sneakers feature Wall’s jersey number 2 with stars. The predominantly grey upper has blue accents and a speckled outsole.
Reebok Zig Encore “Beyond the Gold”
In a quickstrike in December 2011, the Reebok Zig Encore is sold in a briefcase with a pair of shades and a Flud watch. The event was hosted by Packer Shoes. The very limited colorway is referred to as the Reebok Zig Encore “Beyond the Gold.”
Reebok Zig Encore “University of Kentucky”
The Reebok Zig Encore University of Kentucky is a limited edition school-specific colorway. This blue and white pair has linear graphics at the lateral side. Printed on the medial side are his signature and jersey number 11.
Reebok Zig Encore “21st Birthday”
To commemorate John Wall’s 21st birthday, Reebok released only twenty-one pairs on September 10, 2011. The 21st Birthday colorway is also dubbed as the “Grown Ass Man” colorway. The 21 pairs were sold at Foot Locker in Crabtree Valley Mall. The signature shoes come in handmade cedar boxes that are individually numbered. It also has lasered brand details. The sneakers were available in sizes 8 to 14 and retailed at $210.
Reebok Zig Encore “Word of God” PE
The Word of God PE colorway is also called the Purple/White/Yellow pair, which looks similar to the jersey colors of the Los Angeles Lakers. There is no need to be puzzled because this colorway is actually dedicated to John Wall’s high school Word of God Christian Academy.