Last January 25, 2012, the Three Stripes shoe company a.k.a. Adidas, launched the newest shoes of Derrick Rose at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Complex inside the Ateneo de Manila University. As what I expected it to be, the Launch was star studded as the famous adidas endorsers were present at the event. Chris Tiu, Jeff Chan, Josh Urbiztondo and some of the adidas sponsored members of the Ateneo Blue Eagles were there.
The newest basketball shoes of D-Rose is called the Adizero Rose 2.5. It's the 4th official shoe of Derrick Rose, who by the way signed a contract extension with adidas worth millions of dollars. He will start using the shoes in the 2012 All Star Weekend in Orlando, Florida up to the end of the NBA 2011-2012 Season.
When I saw the shoes in actual, my first impression was that it kinda looks like a hybrid shoe wherein some of the features of the Adizero Rose 1.5, the Crazy Lights and the Adizero Rose 2.0 are present in the adizero Rose 2.5.
The toe of the adizero Rose 2.5 looks like the 1.5's. It has a leather-like toe box which is quite durable and stylish at the same time. The sprint web design in the middle upper part of the shoes resembles the feature of the adizero Rose 2.0 and then the thinner corrugated outer sole (for better grip on the hard court and for a lighter out-sole because it's thinner), the mid-cut design, and the lightness of the shoes came from the adidas Crazy Lights. Oh, by the way, just like the Crazy Lights, the adizero 2.5's price is also 6,995 pesos. Combine all of those nice features and the output would be the new Adizero Rose 2.5. Take a look....
I've worn a lot of basketball shoes and I must say that this new pair of shoes is one of the best in terms of comfort, lightness and foot stability.
Some of the basketball shoes that I've worn before kinda moves sideways when I cut straight to the basket, but this new shoe is far from the usual. It provided a great side to side movement stability and comfort when I slashed to the basket and when I jumped to get the ball. My ankles didn't feel any discomfort because of the durable plastic ankle support that the shoes has at its back part. The plastic has the adidas three stripes on it.
It has the new Geo-fit memory Foam- a pillow like formation on each sides of the collars of the shoes for better support and comfort. The Foam serves as an ankle comforter when one moves. When you touch it, it's soft and flexible at the same time. Thus, it acts like a rubber padding. Much like a spandex. It expands and constricts when one moves on the basketball court.
Weighing only 11.9 ounces, this shoe is also very light. And the reason behind its lightness are the sprint frame and the sprint web designs of the shoes. The sprint frame and sprint web provide better foot movement, better foot support and weight reduction.
The Adizero Rose 2.5 has a built-in compartment underneath its inner soles for the Speed Cell Chip (The Green Colored Thing In The Picture Below) that is compatible with the Micoach Application- a downloadable app that can be used through PC's, iPhone, iTouch, and android phones. Micoach is a virtual workout assistant that collects the 360 degree data movements of a player. It measures the average speed, the number of sprints, distance covered by a player, and his/her stride rates.
Price and Color-ways
The shoes' price is 6,995 pesos. It is available in 6 colors. Here are their corresponding release dates: Orange Colorway (For All Star Weekend in Orlando- The City of Orange Fruit): February 17, 2012; Year of the Dragon (Camouflage Color): January 23, 2012; Chicago Color (Home): February 2, 2012; Away Color: February 2, 2012 and the Dear Mama Color (Red Color): February 9, 2012. All of these colors will be available in all leading adidas stores nationwide such as in Trinoma, MOA, and in Greenbelt 3.
Aside from getting the shoes for free, I also got the opportunity to play basketball with other media personalities. I enjoyed the game a lot because I was able to meet new friends from the media such as Slam Magazine, Abante, BTV, and other sports bloggers. On top of that, I felt really blessed because I was able to play with and under the watchful eyes of the legendary PBA Player, the Point Laureate Mr. Ronnie Magsanoc. His speed and his passing skills were still there. I wonder if the new shoes of D-Rose has something to do with that. *Smiling.
Overall, the experience of playing basketball using the adizero Rose 2.5 was really amazing!