words // Brandon Richard
images // Nick DePaula 

What makes Derrick Rose’s rise to stardom in Chicago unique is the fact that he was born and raised in the Windy City. Derrick grew up in the notoriously rough neighborhood of Englewood, located in the Southwest side of the city. There, he honed his craft as youngster playing on the courts of Murray Park Playground, which he credits for helping lead him to a storied prep career at Simeon Career Academy. Telling the unlikely story of D-Rose’s transition from Murray Park to the United Center hardwood, the adidas design team created this special “School of Hard Knocks” colorway of his latest signature shoe, the adidas adiZero Rose 2.5.

Representing the “bumps and bruises” incurred along the way, these adidas basketball shoes feature an eye-catching royal blue and black colorway. Patterned blue nubuck and SprintSkin are used on the shoe’s upper, while black works the tumbled leather toecap, laces and SprintFrame support chassis. Metallic Gold accents the adiZero pinline along the side panel and the “E” of the Rose logo on the tongue. The look is finished off with white hits on the heel’s 3-Stripes and herringbone traction outsole.

Below is a detailed look at the “School of Hard Knocks” adiZero Rose 2.5 and a short video clip featuring¬†adidas Basketball Category Manager Jack Gray. You can pick up your pair over at Eastbay today.

Available: adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Blue/Black/White

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adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 School of Hard Knocks Black Black Gold White G49931 (2)

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