Verdict from 20 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • The majority of buyers express their satisfaction with the shoe.
  • A reviewer says that the shoe’s midsole cushioning feels like the ones in Adidas D Rose 4 and the Adidas D Lillard combined, where the forefoot is bouncy and responsive while the crash pad at the heel protects the foot from impact.
  • One tester says that the outsole of the D Howard 5 “rivals any big man shoe’s traction.” Another wearer adds that the multidirectional traction makes quick movements easier.
  • Its lockdown ability is also compared to the Adidas D Rose 4.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The majority of commenters do not like the shoe's appearance. They say that it looks very bland, not creative enough, and generic to the point that it reminds them of shoes from Payless. Commenters have the same criticism about the Nike PG3’s silhouette.
  • Similar to Dame’s fifth basketball shoe with Adidas, a few remark that the materials on the D Howard 5 look cheap.
  • Some buyers say that the D Howard 5 is too expensive.

Bottom line

For the general public, the Adidas D Howard 5’s physical appearance did not impress or even catch attention. Many of them feel that the shoe’s aesthetics and some of its features are under-designed, which is a pity as Dwight Howard was once one of the Big Men in Adidas’s roster of athletes.

However, for those who actually wear tested the shoe, they were not disappointed. One of them even said that the “shoe exceeded expectations,” adding that it was the “best big man shoe of the year hands down.” Although a solid shoe, many would have been happier with a retail price under $100.

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Good to know

The fifth and last basketball sneaker Dwight Howard released with Adidas; the D Howard 5 showcased a synthetic leather and mesh/textile combo upper, SprintFrame, an EVA midsole with adiPrene and adiPrene+ insert, and a non-marking solid rubber outsole.

Cushion. The midsole features a targeted adiPrene+ and adiPrene insert and an EVA foam at its base. The adiPrene+ at the forefoot provides energy return for easier propulsion, while the adiPrene at the heel absorbs the energy from impact.

Traction. The shoe’s outsole utilizes a multidirectional herringbone traction pattern. Like the D Howard 4’s outsole, the grooves on the rubber outsole are also segmented; so the foot is able to move naturally and flex freely. The herringbone pattern also retains its fine and compact form.

Length and Width. Although one user says that the Adidas D Howard 5 feels a bit wide, the majority of reviewers say that the shoe runs true to size. Go with your regular Adidas basketball sneaker size when purchasing online. If you have an irregular foot shape, do not hesitate to try the shoe on personally in your local shoe store.

Lockdown. Given its traditional lace-up closure and its thickly padded upper, the shoe is able to conform to your foot’s shape with just a pull of the laces. With seven lace holes that run from the forefoot to the top of the ankle collar, containment is ensured. This setup also provides ankle support, reducing the possibility of ankle rolls and other injuries. To add, the SprintFrame chassis in the midsole also keeps the foot within the footbed.

The upper is usually a combination of durable synthetic leather and textile. In other colorways, a mesh material is used instead of textile. The medial side of the forefoot and tongue are peppered with perforations for maximum breathability. The ankle collar is thickly padded with foam so that it gives ample support and protection. A heel pull tab is integrated into the shoe.

The midsole uses SprintFrame for added lightweight support and stability while the EVA cushioning provides a soft place to land. Inside is an adiPrene and adiPrene+ insole that gives step-in comfort and reinforces the EVA foam underneath. The outsole is made of a non-marking rubber.

The mid cut collar makes the D Howard 5 easy to pair with jeans or shorts when worn off-court. It is laden with Dwight Howard brandings such as D Howard’s jersey number “12” on the left shoe and the Superman Slam Dunk logo, which is nod to the Slam Dunk contest in 2008 where Dwight won against 2006 winner Nate Robinson, who would go on to become a three-time Slam Dunk champion after dominating the 2009 and 2010 runs of the contest.

The D Howard logo is on both sides of the ankle collar while the Adidas Equipment logo is on the tongue and outsole.

The D Howard 5 is available with the following colorways:

  • Blue/Pink/Lime Green/White
  • Red/Yellow/White
  • Onix/Red/Black/White
  • White/Black
  • Navy/Red/White

How D Howard 5 compares

This shoe: 73
All shoes average: 82
55 95
This shoe: $125
All shoes average: $132
$40 $500
This shoe: 13.8oz
All shoes average: 13.9oz
9oz 28.6oz
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.