Verdict from 5 experts and 9 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The traction of the D Rose 1.5 works really well, nearly all reviewers report. It sticks to the floor well; providing great stopping power.
  • Several players love the Sprintframe and Puremotion combination of the Adidas D Rose 1.5. According to them, the combination provides a natural and responsive feel.
  • According to most, the low-to-the-ground cushioning is very responsive. It has no lag and offers a lot of court feel.
  • The leather feels really nice, a few owners comment.
  • Nearly all testers are amazed at how light these basketball shoes feel. They claim that it is even lighter than the first D Rose.
  • The Sprintskin material provides a lot of breathability, many wearers are reporting.
  • A lot of users are saying that these mid-top basketball shoes are comfortable to wear. They claim that the shoes provide a sock-like feel.
  • Moving around in the shoe is a breeze, a good number of players claim. According to them, the D Rose 1.5 is one of the fastest basketball shoes in the market.
  • The support and lockdown are just amazing, several players remark. They claim that everything feels stable and contained, even when making explosive movements.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of wearers are complaining that the Adidas D Rose 1.5 is not well cushioned. According to them, the cushioning is very stiff and provides little or no protection against impact.
  • A few testers note that the Cilia traction picks up quite a bit of dust and needs frequent wiping to maintain its bite on the hardwood.
  • The D Rose 1.5 needs some time to break in fully, a tester observes.
  • According to a few reviewers, these Adidas basketball shoes run slightly long and wide.

Bottom line

Derrick Rose is known for being fast and explosive—he always finds a way to beat the defense and finish at the rim.

The D Rose 1.5 perfectly compliments Derrick’s fast-paced style on the court. These Adidas basketball shoes are very light, supportive, and responsive. Add to the mix excellent traction and what you have is one of the fastest shoes available.

Just like the Nike Kyrie 5, the Adidas D Rose 1.5 is made specifically for guards. The shoe’s cushioning, or lack thereof, may be a deal breaker for bigger and even older players.

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In 2011, 22-year old Derrick Rose made history by becoming the youngest NBA player ever to receive the league MVP award. “Back in training camp when I said I wanted to be MVP, I wasn’t trying to be cocky at all,” Derrick said. “I knew that I put a lot of hard work in over the summer in the offseason, and I just wanted to push myself.”

With a resurgence in popularity, Adidas basketball announced in late 2018 that they would be bringing back Derrick’s old basketball sneakers. The Three stripes will start with the shoe Derrick wore during his MVP campaign—the Adidas D Rose 1.5.

An updated version of the first D Rose, the D Rose 1.5 features the same technologies as the original. “We were really happy with the adiZero Rose 1. It was lighter, faster for Derrick and had Pure Motion technology. The shoe played great and got great reviews,” Designer Robbie Fuller explains.

Crafted to match the former MVP’s speed, the Adidas D Rose 1.5 boasts a Sprintskin upper for support and breathability. Underneath, the Adidas Sprintframe technology provides lightweight support while the Puremotion rubber outsole with Cilia traction delivers unparalleled grip on the hardwood.

Cushion. The Adidas D Rose 1.5 is equipped with an EVA midsole that provides a soft and cushioned feel underfoot.

Traction. These Adidas basketball shoes boast a Puremotion rubber outsole covered with a Cilia traction surface that provides exceptional grip on the hardwood.

Length and Width. Owners are reporting that the D Rose 1.5 runs slightly long and wide. Regular and wide-footers may get their exact size. However, players with narrow feet may want to try the shoes first for a better fit. If not, they may go down half a size.

Lockdown. As requested by  Derrick, the Adidas D Rose 1.5 features a mid-to-high-top cut collar for heightened support. “Derrick likes to lock down the ankle, so the Speedwrap ankle braces he wears are a must, but going into the back half of the season and playoffs he wanted even more comfort and protection, and we obviously did our best to give it to him,” Fuller explained.

These Adidas basketball sneakers also boast a lightweight Sprtinframe for increased lockdown. The Sprintframe also acts as a midfoot shank for added stability and responsiveness.

The D Rose 1.5 boasts a basketball-specific Sprintskin upper constructed of a combination of mesh and rubber. According to Fuller, “The micro molded skin is directionally engineered to provide optimum reinforcement during hard lateral movements.”

This upper is designed to provide increased airflow and durability. “It is seamlessly applied to a mesh base for superior breathability and is made of a rubber-based material that adds increased durability for continuous wear. It also doesn’t have the wrinkling issues that synthetics typically have,” Fuller explains.

Derrick was heavily involved during the design phase of the D Rose 1.5. “Derrick’s getting more involved each project and shoe we launch,” Fuller said. “We meet and show him designs and get feedback on a regular basis. The raised collar height is a great example of his feedback incorporated into the final product.”

These Derrick Rose basketball shoes come in the following hues:

  • Black/Blue/White ‘All-Star’
  • Black/Red
  • Black/University Red
  • Black/White/Red
  • Blue/White/Orange ‘Chicago Bears’
  • Cool Grey/Red
  • Core Black/Scarlet/Grey One
  • Green/White ‘St. Patrick’s Day’

How D Rose 1.5 compares

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All shoes average: 82
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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.