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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. The D Rose 8 is true to size. Buyers are 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. Some colorways of the shoe use Jacquard knit instead of the foam-backed mesh material. In high-wear areas, the material is fused with TPU for additional rigidity and support. Die-cut slits can be found all over the upper for breathability and flexibility.
The Geofit ankle collar is also heavily padded with foam to hug the foot’s ankle. The shoe’s midsole features Adidas’s Boost cushioning while the midsole cages are made of TPU.
Not much can be said about the D Rose 8’s aesthetics as the shoe’s silhouette is consistent with the other Adidas D Rose models. The All-Star player’s signature is embossed on the lateral side of the forefoot while the D Rose logo is molded on the tongue. The Adidas logo is stamped just above the heel.
The Adidas D Rose 8 is originally released in Black and Gold colorway in 2017. Below are some of the available colorways and special colorways of these D Rose basketball shoes:
- Black/Gold - White
- Light Gray/Wine Red/Gold
Adidas D Rose 8 Knicks
Although Derrick Rose only stayed in the Big Apple for the 2016-2017 NBA season, Adidas is quick to honor his second team the New York Knicks with a Royal Blue and Orange colorway. Many fans also call this the “Cavs” colorway as the team used to sport a Blue and Orange uniform.
Adidas D Rose 8 Mastiff
The 2018 Chinese New Year ushered in the Year of the Dog. Adidas joined the celebration by releasing a special “Chinese New Year” collection that features the Adidas D Lillard 4, the Adidas Harden Vol. 1, and the Adidas D Rose 8. Derrick Rose’s basketball shoes come with a black knitted upper and Boost midsole. Its outsole is dark metallic blue with hits of pink.