On game day, Calvin Johnson laces up in his signature cleat, the Nike CJ81 Elite TD. But NFL play is still months away and Johnson is in training mode. The Detroit Lions wide receiver is readying himself for the coming season in his first signature model, the CJ81 Trainer Max.
The sneaker references his nickname, "Megatron" with a Decepticon inspired graphic on the heel. The kicks have a relatively slim profile and don a blend of leather, Hyperfuse and mesh.
Johnson uses similes to describe his demands in footwear and contrasts those similes in terms of on-field vs. training demands.
“Nike designers approached my CJ81 Trainer in the same way they approached my cleat, taking insights directly from the way I train,” said Johnson. “I told them my cleat should be built like a sports car for game day – low and lean with a tight suspension so I can feel the ground. But my trainers should feel like an SUV — a comfortable ride for my long training days that doesn’t sacrifice performance and protection.”
The end result, Nike describes as "adaptive traction, lockdown support and a cushioning system that will sustain Johnson’s grueling training regimen".
-lightweight proprioceptive collar that allows full freedom of movement without sacrificing lateral ankle stability and support.
-A dynamic mid-foot arch strap provides side-to-side and heel lock-down, as well as cradled customized support around the arch.
-The outsole features a responsive on-demand traction system and an enhanced traction pattern designed for multiple purposes and varied surfaces.
-The Max Air unit provides the ultimate cushioned ride and enhanced impact protection for intense training.
-Diamond star perforation pattern across the forefoot and side panel enables the upper to conform to the foot for a more customized fit, while also delivering enhanced breathability.
The kicks will debut in two colorways over the coming days. The "Sandy Creek" colorway comes in a red, white and blue color combo, which is nicely placed for US Independence Day. However, the colorway is drawn from Johnson's high school in Georgia. The kicks bear the school's motto "From Good to Great".
The second colorway is coming on the
10th 6th of July in a combination of volt and photo blue. The colorway has been dubbed "The Opening", created for the "The Opening presented by Nike Football — the seventh annual ultimate football competition among the nation’s top high school prospects."
Small details are inscribed inside touting his height, weight, vertical leap, 40-yard dash time, and his mammoth 6’10” wingspan. Johnson’s “shock the world” performances were a signal of his arrival, and continue to be a testament to his training.