Nike makes a paintball shoe – but it’s not what we’d expect

Calvin Johnson Jr. got his first signature shoe with Nike in 2012, and has been working with Nike designers ever since then to create the most responsive and efficiently effective sneakers they could make. The last two years they’ve been working on the CJ3, and Nike is set to launch a new colorway that just may grab sneakerheads’ attention.

The Nike CJ3 Flyweave Trainer looks like some kind of KD 7, especially in this “Paintball” colorway that’s almost reminiscent of Durant’s famous “Nerf” mockups. Both celebrate casual games, paintball being one of Johnson’s favorite extra-curricular activities.

The one piece upper is made possible through Nike’s Flyweave technology that has been optimized to vary the thickness and weave of the upper to offer strength where it’s needed and lightness where it’s most useful. The Trainer, unlike the Cleat, sits on a Zoom Air sole (almost identical to the LeBron 12) with a translucent outsole showing off the multicolored hexagonal midsole features.

The Paintball colorway boasts an internally constrasting light and medium grey upper with details in a wide variety of bright colors through the branding, Flywires and lining. A splatter effect hits the mudguard as well as the lateral swoosh and lining.

Check for the CJ3 Flyweave Trainer “Paintball” to launch this Friday June 26

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