In early December, you were given a sneak peek at a St. Patrick’s Day-themed shoe via Eastbay’s Photo of the Week. The picture showed a clover-designed insole that displayed four different numbers on each leaf. Understanding the importance of those numbers was the key to figuring out exactly whose St. Patrick’s Day shoe we were looking at.
Each number on the insole represented part of one of the most important dates in recent NBA history: June 26, 2008 – the day Derrick Martell Rose was selected #1 overall by his hometown Chicago Bulls in the NBA Draft. Since being chosen, Rose has launched an all-out assault on opposing point guards. Using his blinding speed and springboard hops, he’s a highlight waiting to happen on a nightly basis.
Don’t peg Rose as just a web clip sensation; he’s legitimately one of the best and most poised players in the NBA. Despite major injuries suffered by Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, Rose has led the Bulls to their best 40-game start since the Jordan Era. His MVP level of play has his friends over at adidas Basketball rolling out multiple Rose signature shoes this year, the latest being the upcoming adiZero Rose 1.5.
Slated to be Rose’s go-to shoe for the second half of the season, here’s a look at the adiZero Rose 1.5 that Derrick will wear against the New Jersey Nets on St. Patrick’s Day. The shoe features a dark green SprintSkin-based upper with a white leather toebox. A brighter shade of green, identified as “Intense,” offers color pop with a contrast stitch and markings on the tongue and heel. The shoe is finished with a PureMotion podded white rubber outsole.
The special St. Patrick’s Day markings are what truly put the shoe over the top. The tongue sports an intense green ‘Magic Eye’ graphic, inspired by Derrick’s “Poohdini” nickname, with a 4-leaf clover and Rose’s signature blended into the design. The previously mentioned draft year clover is visible on the insole, while his signature is also lasered into the heel.
Derrick is expected to debut the adiZero Rose 1.5 during the second half of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. The St. Patrick’s Day colorway will be available at Eastbay on March 15th.