words // Brandon Richard

One of the primary requests that Derrick Rose made for his new adidas adiZero Rose 2 signature shoe is that it’d combine superior on-court performance with stylish off-court appeal, ensuring that individuals who can’t afford to buy multiple pairs to satisfy both needs get their money’s worth in one shoe. After hearing that request, the adidas Basketball design team headed by Robbie Fuller tapped into the adidas Y-3 range, a more fashion-oriented collection designed by Yohji Yamamoto. As a result, luxe textures and gore ankle bands were adopted from models like the Y-3 Kazuhiri.

When you’re looking for a durable sneaker that is also aesthetically pleasing, simple black-on-black colorways fit the criteria more than any other style. With a black shoe, you don’t spend time agonizing over whether or not your sneakers are dirty, which is especially convenient as we head into the months of poor weather conditions. Set to arrive at Eastbay in the coming weeks is this “Blackout” colorway of the adiZero Rose 2.

A true black-on-black shoe, this Rose 2 features a black synthetic leather and SPRINTWEB upper, with a black SPRINTFRAME system supporting the heel. Slightly contrasting color hits come in the form of dark grey trim and branding along the side panels, Derrick’s signature on the strap, “All Flights Cancelled” embroidery on the tongue and the number “1” above the toebox. Capping off the look below is a black midsole and volcanic traction pattern outsole.

Look for the “Blackout” adidas adiZero Rose 2 to be available at Eastbay by early November.

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