adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 – Playoffs

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 – Playoffs

words // Brandon Richard
images // Nick DePaula

Currently holding onto the NBA’s best record with about 15 games left in the regular season, the Chicago Bulls are in prime position to make another deep playoff run. Led by the league’s reigning MVP Derrick Rose, the Bulls are thought to be one of the handful of serious NBA Championship contenders. With Rose’s on-court prowess and a supporting cast that has held down the fort in his absence, are the Bulls poised to bring the O’Brien Trophy back to the Windy City for the first time since the Jordan/Pippen era?

For the upcoming postseason run, adidas Basketball has created a playoff colorway of the adidas adiZero Rose 2.5. Described by adidas Basketball Category Manager Jack Gray as a style that wraps up the concept of takeoff, the “Playoffs” Rose 2.5 features a look inspired by turbulence. The shoe is served up in a mix of black nubuck and Lead Grey patent leather, accented by Scarlet Red on the adiZero pinline and 3-Stripes border on the heel. The midsole is decked out in a print synonymous with Chicago basketball heritage, while a white lower half and grey herringbone outsole wrap things up below.

Get ready for Derrick’s run toward the NBA Championship by picking up his playoff adidas basketball shoes at Eastbay today.

Available: adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 – Playoff

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Playoff G48886 (1)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Playoff G48886 (2)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Playoff G48886 (3)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Playoff G48886 (4)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Playoff G48886 (5)

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adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Playoff G48886 (7)

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adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 – St. Patrick’s Day

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 – St. Patrick’s Day

words // Brandon Richard
images // Nick DePaula 

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, select NBA teams will be wearing green versions of their uniforms for game’s on tomorrow’s schedule. One of those teams will be the Chicago Bulls, who have donned the green unis at least once a year since the NBA’s inaugural St. Patty’s observance in 2006. Some players will also be wearing green-based sneakers to match the uniforms, including point guard Derrick Rose.

Pictured here is the St. Patrick’s Day adidas adiZero Rose 2.5, which if health permits, Rose will wear tomorrow night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Decked out in Kelly Green, the shoe features a green Luckskin nubuck upper with contrasting white hits on the laces, 3-Stripes wrapped around the heel, tongue logo and outsole. Minimal hits of gold pop up on the adiZero pinline, vamp branding and stripe borders. The colorway not only salutes Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Game, but Rose’s childhood school Beasley Academy.

Pick up Derrick Rose’s St. Patrick’s Day adidas basketball shoes today at Eastbay.

Available: adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 – St. Patrick’s Day

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 St. Patrick's Day Patty's G49930 (1)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 St. Patrick's Day Patty's G49930 (2)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 St. Patrick's Day Patty's G49930 (3)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 St. Patrick's Day Patty's G49930 (5)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 St. Patrick's Day Patty's G49930 (4)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 St. Patrick's Day Patty's G49930 (6)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Lei Feng

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Lei Feng

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Lei Feng G49116 (1)

words // Brandon Richard
images // Nick DePaula

In recent years, adidas Basketball has seen tremendous growth in key Chinese markets, spearheaded by the signature sneaker lines of league MVP Derrick Rose and Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard. Each summer, the two young men not only tour China along with adidas, but also treat fans to an early launch of their respective signature shoes. As a sign of respect and appreciation for the bond formed between themselves and China, adidas has created special version of the latest Rose and Howard shoes, each paying tribute to Chinese national icon Lei Feng.

Lei Feng (1940-1962) was a solider of the People’s Liberation Army in China. He was often characterized as being extremely modest and selfless. Said to have died in the line of duty at the young age of 22, Lei continues to be a pop cultural icon in Mainland China today. The 5th of March is now officially Learn From Lei Feng Day, which involves various community and school-related events where people volunteer to clean parks, schools and other community locations. Local news outlets typically cover these events.

The “Lei Feng” adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 takes on the characteristics of Lei Feng’sfamous uniform and the principles he lived by. Military style Strong Olive nubuckand synthetic materials dominate the shoe’s upper, while a black faux fur-lined interior reflects the trademark five-pointed star hat he wore. Black also worksGeoFit ankle padding and the SprintFrame support chassis, while Derrick’s Chicago Bulls are represented with Light Scarlet red accenting on the laces and 3-Stripes. Metallic gold, a celebratory color in Chinese culture, appears on the upper lace eyelets, adiZero pinline and lettering on the heel. Lastly, screen emboss screw detailing throughout is symbolic of journal entry made by Lei in which he expressed his desire to be a “revolutionary screw that never rusts.”

These limited edition Derrick Rose adidas basketball shoes are now available at Eastbay.

Available: adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Lei Feng

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Lei Feng G49116 (3)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Lei Feng G49116 (5)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Lei Feng G49116 (4)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Lei Feng G49116 (2)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 – School of Hard Knocks

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 – School of Hard Knocks

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

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 School of Hard Knocks Black Black Gold White G49931 (1)

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

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 School of Hard Knocks Black Black Gold White G49931 (3)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 School of Hard Knocks Black Black Gold White G49931 (4)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 School of Hard Knocks Black Black Gold White G49931 (5)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Girls – Pink/Black/White

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Girls – Pink/Black/White

words // Brandon Richard

For the very first time, young ladies are being treated to an exclusive sneaker colorway from Derrick Rose’s signature line. This adiZero Rose 2.5 comes complete with noticeably feminine style, sporting a pink synthetic leather and mesh upper with black working the inner lining, adiZero pinline and SprintFrame support chassis. White fills in the 3-Stripes on the heel and outsole to finish off the look.

Performance technology includes a SprintWeb overlay mid-panel that reduces weight and enhances breathability. The SprintFrame chassis bonds the heel counter with the TORSION system and sheds additional weight, increases energy return and  improves motion control.

Young ladies and the older crowd with smaller feet can stop by Eastbay to pick up these new adidas basketball shoes today.

Interested in how the adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 will help you on the court? Check out our one-on-one interview with adidas Basketball Basketball Category Designer Robbie Fuller for the full breakdown.

Available: adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Girls

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Girls Kids Pink Black White 148739 (1)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Girls Kids Pink Black White 148739 (2)

adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 Girls Kids Pink Black White 148739 (3)

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