Verdict from 8 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Better than predecessors: D Rose fans say that while the D Rose 10 was a step in the right direction, the 11 successfully revitalizes the waning D Rose line.
  • Comfort: The heel provides lots of plushness even while walking. 
  • Cushioning: Experts agree that the shoe's Lightstrike midsole provides both court feel at the forefoot and impact protection at the heel.
  • Stability: Hoopers say that the shoe's wide forefoot base ensures that they are "not gonna tip over" in it.
  • Light: Although the D Rose 11 weighs around the same as the average mid-top (13.26 oz or 375 g), wearers still say that it feels light. 
  • Aesthetics: This mid-top "can definitely be rocked casually." This is among the better-looking kicks in Adidas Basketball.

4 reasons not to buy

  • So-so traction: The grip isn't so remarkable. It needs time to break in and it also requires regular wiping on dusty courts.  
  • Requires break-in: The majority of experts share that the shoe has to be broken in. Aside from the traction, the cushion and upper need time to unleash their potential.
  • Quality: Signature shoes are expected to have premium materials, but this is NOT the case with the D Rose 11. Players point out forefoot pinching and "just OK" breathability. 
  • Not for outdoors: The shoe is not recommended for frequent outdoor use. The materials aren't the most premium and the outsole is soft.

Bottom line

The D Rose 11 basically puts the D Rose line back on the map after a series of flops since the D Rose 8. Even so, it still pales in comparison to other basketball shoes because some of its features are mediocre. The D Rose line is already in the right direction, but it seems that it still has a long way to go.

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Adidas D Rose 11: The awaited comeback

It's no secret that Derrick Rose and his line of D Rose kicks have been sidetracked because of unfortunate injuries on the court. Adidas and Rose make his on-court comeback felt with the release of the D Rose 11. This shoe specifically offers the following:

  • Reliable traction. The rubber outsole features a pattern that the D Rose 7 had, and it provides heightened grip and durability
  • Lightweight explosiveness. The shoe's Adizero upper and Lightstrike cushion work together to ensure speed and precise ball control on the court.
  • Maximum support. The shoe has a wide base and an extended heel counter to provide support even for the most aggressive cuts and twists.

Noteworthy colorways of the D Rose 11

Like other signature shoes from Adidas and other brands, the  D Rose 11 is released in special colorways that pay tribute to special people and events in Derrick Rose's life. The following are some of the most interesting releases:

  • Boardwalk, which is a mint green version with tan and pink accents. This references D Rose's offseason training sessions in Southern California. This colorway was first applied on the fourth D Rose.
  • Brenda, which is a largely red version that pays tribute to both his mother Brenda and his Chicago Bulls roots
  • Career High, which is white with gold, green, and purple accents. The accents pay tribute to the Utah Jazz, the team that Rose's Minnesota Timberwolves defeated in a 2018 game where he scored his career-high 50 points.


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