Who should buy the 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. This is the perfect option for you if:

  • You're a Derrick Rose fan and you would not want to miss having this new model.
  • You're excited about the improved midsole technology to bring out your A-game.

Adidas D Rose 8 logo ankle

Adidas D Rose 8's midsole setup

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.

Adidas D Rose 8 midsole

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 effective impact protection.

Adidas D Rose 8 midsole side

Thick outsole structure of Adidas D Rose 8

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.

Adidas D Rose 8 outsole

Innovative lockdown technology

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.

Adidas D Rose 8 lockdown

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.

Adidas D Rose 8 lace

D Rose's upper construction

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.

Adidas D Rose 8 upper

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.

Adidas D Rose 8 collar

Derrick Rose's signature style

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.

Adidas D Rose 8 ankle top

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.

Adidas D Rose 8 forefoot

Facts / Specs

Weight: 427g
Top: High
Signature: Derrick Rose
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Adidas D Rose
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / White / Grey / Red / Blue

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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.