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Released within the same year as the Adizero Crazyquick and D Rose 3.5, the Adidas D Rose 773 II takes cues from these two shoes. The midsole and outsole is from the former; the upper’s design is from the latter. Because of the shoe’s affordability and the lack of SprintFrame, it’s not only easy on your pockets but also easy on your feet.
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Cushion. The cushion is made of EVA and is molded into segmented pods, akin to the setup of the Adizero Crazyquick. This technology is called Puremotion+, and it provides controlled flexibility to the foot.
Cushioning is minimal; but because of the PU insoles, some shock is absorbed and comfort is kept close. A Torsion plate is embedded in the midfoot.
Traction. A multi-directional herringbone pattern can be found on the outsole of the D Rose 773 II. The direction of the pattern differs by area. The toe-tip's patterns are vertical while the ones on the midfoot are horizontal; this setup helps in making quick lateral stops.
Length and Width. The shoe is true to size but runs narrow from the midfoot to the toe box. It is advised that you fit the shoe before purchasing at your local shoe store.
Lockdown. The D Rose 773 II’s fit is attributed to the shoe’s narrow shape, the SprintWeb material on the upper, and its external TPU heel counter that binds the shoe to the feet when laces are tightened.
A ribbed synthetic material is used on the forefoot; SprintWeb is used on the midfoot to the heel. This Adidas technology is a constructed synthetic material that is light, breathable, and durable. There are perforations all over the upper, which allows for maximum breability.
The midsole is made from an injection-molded EVA while the outsole uses a non-marking rubber compound that is safe to use indoors.
Breathability and lightness seem to be the two key points that the D Rose 773 II’s aesthetics are designed around. The synthetic upper is strewn with perforations. The lateral side panel features the D Rose logo on the ankle surrounded by the diamond-cut spiral detail. The cut continues to the medial side providing structure and ventilation.
In some models, the Three Stripes on the heel and the lines on the Puremotion+ midsole has colors that contrast the rest of the shoe, giving it a visual pop. The Adidas Equipment logo can be found on the tongue and the tip of the toe box.