Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers think that the shoe is one of the best Adidas basketball sneakers released in 2017. They highly recommend the product.
  • Most of the users think that the traction is amazing. One comments that the, "grip was insane even on dirty floor."
  • Almost all players find the D Rose 8 comfortable to wear.
  • Due to the perfect balance of bounce in the heel and responsiveness at the forefoot, many testers commend the cushion setup of this shoe.
  • One user loves how orthotics can be used inside the shoe.
  • A lot of testers comment that the D Rose 8 has one of the lightest and most breathable materials ever used in Adidas basketball shoes, adding that the 8 is lighter than the previous model.
  • Because of the Geofit technology, some players say that the ankle support is great.
  • Some purchasers wear the shoe casually.
  • According to the reviews, the D Rose 8 is a shoe that is fit for all playing positions.

6 reasons not to buy

  • One of the most complained about aspect of the D Rose 8 is its laces. Many say that the shoelaces keep coming undone, and it is a real pain since they need to re-tie them often. A couple of users also say that the laces are a few inches too short for double knotting.
  • Several wearers express their doubts about the lace cord’s durability. They say, “it does not look very strong.”
  • Because of the shape of the laces, some users notice that they can feel uncomfortable when tightened.
  • The shoe runs long by half a size.
  • A reviewer shares his experience of developing blisters because of the stiff upper that gathers and digs into the foot. He warns that the shoe will need some time to break in.
  • One tester was not impressed with the traction. He says, “..the bite on the two previous models were better than the D Rose 8.”

Bottom line

In summary, many regard the Adidas D Rose 8 as a sleeper hit. Although not much-hyped during its release, the shoe performs superbly on-court. Its cushioning maintains a balance of impact protection and responsiveness through its Boost foam. The traction is effective despite not ideal court conditions. Lastly, the shoe’s fit and support are exceptional. The cherry on top is the upper’s breathable material.

As for the infamous laces, a simple lace replacement is all that is needed to perfect a phenomenal shoe.



4.7 / 5 based on 9 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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91 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    If you guys wasnt a pair of very very good performance basketball shoes, then get the D Rose 8.

  • 85 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    The adidas D Rose 8 is a very solid shoe. I just don’t think it was as solid as the 6 or 7 in the Primeknit options.

  • 100 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    I think this is the most versatile and well-rounded D Rose we got. Seriously, I think every single player could rock these and be impressed.

  • 97 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    Love them or hate them, the D Rose 8 is a true sleeper. Poor- looking from the outside but one hell of an impressive performer from the inside.

  • 95 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    Since the 5, we’ve gotten great cushioning, traction, support and stability, and a reliable fit year over year and the D Rose 8 is no different. Materials aren’t always the best but that’s always been a non issue for me.

  • 88 / 100 by WearTesters • Bryan Hinkle • Level 5 expert

    The adidas Rose 8 has no weak spots. It is a shoe that does everything well, and if you don’t like the white mesh, wait for more colorways and builds to appear.

  • 85 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    The adidas D Rose 8 is a very solid shoe. I just don’t think it was as solid as the 6 or 7 in the Primeknit options.

  • 89 / 100 by Richee Kim • Richee Kim • Level 4 expert

    Overall, it is a very nice shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Pure Kicks • Timi Tinubu & Flo Damptey • Level 2 expert

    This shoe definitely gets the job done.

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Profile of Adidas D Rose 8

Coming as the eighth iteration of Derrick Rose’s shoe, the D Rose 8 comes off as a surprise to some. The no nonsense shoe applies Boost on the midsole, foam-backed mesh on the upper, and Geofit technology on the shoe’s ankle collar.

The shoe was worn by Derrick Rose on-court when he played as an opening-night starter in his first game as a newly minted Cleveland Cavaliers member. The athlete scored 14 points as the Cavaliers won against the Boston Celtics in a 102-99 battle.


Cushion. The shoe’s Boost cushioning is identical to the previous D Rose model’s, only with some improvements to the foam’s responsiveness at the forefoot. This enhancement is made possible by the midsole cage on the lateral side of the shoe. Since the cushion does not have room to compress, it remains firm and springy. The uncaged heel compresses and spreads out when pressure is applied, providing an effective impact protection.

Traction. The pattern for the D Rose 8’s traction looks like a coiled zipper. The rubber used on the outsole is both thick and hard, making the shoe a safe and durable option for outdoor balling.


Length and Width. For majority of the wearers, the D Rose 8 runs long. It is advised that new buyers go half a size down. They are also advised to visit their local shoe stores to fit the shoe personally.

Lockdown. The D Rose 8 employs the Adidas Geofit technology on its ankle collar. This construction involves placing foam in strategic areas around the ankle. After a few wears, the padding starts to conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot, complementing its anatomy and giving a one to one fit that does not leave room for slippage.

An added lockdown feature is a lacing system that is held by a lace cord that runs along the edges of the tongue opening. Tightening the laces ensures that the upper is pulled towards the center of the of the foot, clasping it securely.


The D Rose 8’s upper is made of foam with mesh overlays. In high-wear areas, the material is fused with TPU for added rigidity and support. Die-cut slits can be found all over the upper for breathability and foot flexibility. The Geofit ankle collar is also heavily padded with foam to hug the foot’s ankle.

The shoe’s midsole features Adidas’ Boost cushioning while the midsole cages are made of TPU.


Not much can be said about the D Rose 8’s aesthetics. The shoe’s silhouette is consistent with the other Adidas D Rose models. The shoe was originally released with the Black and Gold colorway. It also comes in a Green and Teal combination and a Blue and Black model that uses Jacquard knit instead of the foam-backed mesh material.  

The All-Star player’s signature is embossed into the lateral side of the forefoot’s midsole, while the D Rose logo is molded on the tongue. Finally, the Adidas logo is stamped just above the heel.