The most famous adidas‘ performance sneaker line gets an update – a long waited D Rose 8.
Yeah… These doesn‘t look anything like past D Rose shoes. It seems like adidas gave up on Rose after hearing him signing that $2.1 million contract with CAVS.
What a journey Rose is having right now. From MVP to $2.1 million player. It makes me sad, but I hope that CAVS is the best place for Rose to finally get a chance to compete for a championship and get back on an elite level as an individual player.
But damn man… They do look like those adidas Explosive Bounce shoes to me. Maybe this will be the next sleeper? Let‘s find out!
WEIGHT: 423 g. / 14.92 oz
TECH: BOOST, GEOFIT
TYPE: MID TOP
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $140
BD RATING: 9.7/10
BEST PLACE TO BUY: FINISH LINE
LOOKS CHEAP BUT WAIT…
So the upper is the main factor (besides sloppy silhouette) why the shoe does look like a budget model. At least for me.
We have a super basic Foam backed Mesh upper which doesn‘t look so promising by just looking at it. BUT… Don’t judge a book by its cover. This quote is so damn right this time.
The upper does feel so freaking light, although the shoe itself isn‘t the lightest one in the business. But I would rank them in TOP 5 lightest D Rose‘s sneakers of all time.
For better ventilation, there‘re these cut outs throughout the whole upper that keep your feet dry & fresh, as well as improves flexibility for more natural movement. Of course, you’re not getting all of that Primeknit goodness from them, which isn’t a bad thing since it still sits nicely on your foot. And on top of that, Mesh with TPU overlays creates really solid containment in pretty much all areas.
PERFECT AS ALWAYS
BOOST. That‘s all you need to know man. I could skip cushion section whenever BOOST is in the house since it always brings us top- of- the- line performance. All day, every day baby!
Compering with the D Rose 7, the 8 does perform pretty much identical, except improved responsiveness. It’s like adidas D Rose 7 (1.5 version) as far as the cushion setup goes. We have that BOOST “famous” bouncy ride & ton of impact protection for our big mans out there.
Now increased responsiveness is what makes this setup even more beastly and more versatile than ever. Due to caged BOOST laterally in the forefoot/midfoot areas for direct BOOST energy kick directly to your foot. This trick makes forefoot incredibly responsive which is perfect scenario for guards since they do use forefoot a lot. While the back of the BOOST cushion is wide open, letting you to receive A1 impact protection.
JUST READ IT
The traction was bananas, I’m telling you. This is the first time of my life seeing a traction pattern this massive on a basketball shoe. That’s incredible. You just look at it… It looks to me like those winter boots with massive outsoles.
So on the court I did feel like a boss – instant stopping power (sometimes even to scary), PERFECT move coverage for your crazy, Kyrie like moves and that super squeaky noise to notify everyone on the court that you have some heat on your feet.
What about dusty courts then? Just forget about it. Not even a small slip. This zipper style pattern is so freaking vast that dust can’t do shit. It feels like you could play ball on snow.
And yes. You can easily throw them outdoors, they gonna last you forever.
GEOFIT doing his business in the D Rose 8 by creating one hell of a comfort experience. Again, this isn’t a Primeknit upper but this stuff lives up to it from the inside.
Massive padding & soft Foam backing do feel like massage chairs for your feet. While non-stretchy Mesh creates enough support to feel secure & contained. So you’re getting best of both worlds.
However, the lacing system does look a little bit weak, mainly because this integrated lace cord is thinner than laces itself. So I don’t know… It seems like you can easily rip it off at any given time. Maybe it’s just a piece of my mind. But quality aside, they do their job properly.
As far as the actual fit goes – they do fit true to size, unless you have a pretty narrow foot. If that’s the case, go half a size down.
NOT TOO MUCH, NOT TOO LITTLE
Let’s chill out little bit with this one. Nothing too crazy in this category, just pure lockdown in pretty much every area you can think of. No heel slippage. No back and forth action. Non- stretchy Mesh & a small rubber works tandem to secure your foot from rolling over the footbed. I mean, whatever you need to feel protective on-court is here and it works perfectly fine.
Maybe the D Rose 8 is a tad bit less supportive than previous two models (6 and 7). But for me, personally, I do enjoy more having that, sweet spot between great lockdown and lightness, weather to have rock solid lockdown & feel too contained.
Love them or hate them, the D Rose 8 is a true sleeper. Poor- looking from the outside but one hell of an impressive performer from the inside.
Yes, they do look like adidas run out of ideas creating another mad silhouette for D Rose. But man… They’re so beastly on-court. Mad Performance in all areas. Hands down, the TOP 5 sneaker to hoop in this season.
Now if you already waiting for me to give you a green light to press that add to bag button, just wait for a Primeknit version show up. And then pull the trigger for one or another.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the ADIDAS D ROSE 8. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below!