Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas D Howard 6 has a traction system that is loved by many.
  • Plenty of users recommend for new buyers to go true to size.
  • A good number of wearers appreciate the good impact protection provided by the SprintFrame cushioning.
  • A lot of wearers commend these all-black basketball sneakers for its thick and solid outsole, which is good for outdoor plays.
  • Multiple users love to wear the shoe casually because of its unique design.
  • Many acknowledge that the shoe model has a soft landing because of its good cushion.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe runs too narrow say a few buyers.
  • A number of wearers mention that the shoe needs time for breaking in.
  • Some shoe owners leave comments on how the shoe easily falls apart.
  • A handful claim the shoe is not breathable enough even with the surrounding perforations in the leather upper. It is as hot as the 12th basketball shoe from Air Jordan.

Bottom line

The Adidas D Howard 6 is a performer despite its size and ventilation issues. The non-scuffing outsole can stand wear and tear from either playing or casual use. The athlete can rely on the SprintFrame and Adiprene technologies to deliver support and responsiveness during gameplay.

If you are one who love to play hoops outdoors, the Adidas D Howard 6 is a great pair to own. You will enjoy the comfort and support so much that you forget that you still have shoes on, especially after breaking it in. This shoe is just like the HOVR Havoc from Under Armour.

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Good to know

The D Howard 6 was the last signature model designed by Adidas for basketball player Dwight Howard before his contract of over a decade ended. It was released in 2015 in a number of colorways. Selling below $100, this shoe model can prove more than its cost. It has SprintFrame technology in the midfoot, which delivers great impact protection. As for the cushion, the Adiprene technology delivers great cushioning. The outsole has the Adiwear technology that makes the shoe resistant to abrasion.

Cushion. The performance of the Adidas D Howard 6 is from the SprintFrame technology in the midsole. It is lightweight and makes the feet feel closer to the ground. It gives support and proportion to the entire foot without affecting the multidirectional footwork of the player.

The Adiprene technology in the midfoot helps with the player’s running efficiency. It is also a resilient cushioning that protects the forefoot from injuries.

Traction. The Adidas D Howard 6 has a thick solid rubber outsole. With the help of the Adiwear technology, this non-scuffing rubber compound provides durability and flexibility to the shoe. It also has high resistance to abrasion. The multidirectional herringbone pattern in the traction delivers a good drip on the court.

Length and Width. Though the Adidas D Howard 6 is claimed to be made in the standard width and length, but some shoe owners still recommend going a half size up. The shoe might be tight and narrow even to users with normal feet.

Lockdown. The Adidas D Howard 6 uses a traditional lacing system. With the help of the standard oval shoelaces and lace up closure, a snug fit can be achieved. The thick padding in the inner collar and the tongue gives a comfortable fit to the ankles.

The upper of the Adidas D Howard 6 is made of smooth and textured leather. The perforations in the synthetic leather and the mesh tongue ensure breathability. As for the insole of the shoe, it has a silhouette of Dwight Howard on it. The shoe is also well-padded.

This mid-top Adidas Howard 6 shoe model comes in a few colorways. There is a Dwight Howard logo in the tongue of the shoe, while in the middle is his signature. There is an adidas callout and logo on the outsole, heel counter, and toe area.


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