Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 1:53 pm  |  17 responses

Kicks: Rose’s and Howard’s adidas for 2012

by Chris O’Leary/@olearychris

adidas has given us a look at what we can expect from them in the coming basketball season (or whenever the lockout allows the next season to get here).

Should the NBA’s players and owners be able to sit in the sandbox together in time to avoid a work stoppage in the fall, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard will rock signature sneaks. Rose will get the MVP treatment from adidas and will follow a game plan similar to this season, which saw him wear a fall shoe, then change it up for All-Star and wear a modified version of his signature in the second half of the season. His adiZero Rose 2 will come in a high and a low cut that will be in stores throughout 2011-2012.

CounterKicks explains it further:

“adiZero Rose 2 centers on a “Flight” storyline, best exemplified by its sockliner graphic which mimics destinations on an airport monitor with NBA city names like Los Angeles, Boston, and New York, all reading “CANCELLED”. The only city highlighted is Chicago, which reads “CLEARED FOR FLIGHT”. In effect, Rose let people know he could be MVP this last season, and he’s raising the stakes for the next run making his competition aware in advance that their plans, their flights, their aspirations to win against Rose are all being cancelled.”

The second half of the season will see Rose in the lighter Dominate, which CK breaks down:

“adidas adiZero Rose Dominate continues the Rose 2 “Flight” story, shaving off 2 ounces from Derrick’s first half shoe for a lighter run into the post season. The Rose Dominate is built on a similar performance platform as the adiZero Crazy Light and incorporates the first usage of adidas miCoach into the three stripes basketball footwear lineup. Look for the adiZero Rose Dominate to begin impacting at retail in February 2012, with new styles releasing through Spring and another Bulls run for an NBA championship.

Lagging behind his NBA superstar counterparts like Kobe, LeBron and Carmelo in a signature sneaker series, Dwight will attempt to gain some ground with the adiPower Howard.

CK notes that there will be some similarities to adidas’ Beast and Superbeast sneaks that Dwight’s worn in years past.

“The shoe carries over many of the signature details of the previous Superbeast model including a SprintSkin upper, Z-TORSION midfoot bar, and ALIVE cushioning.”

Dwight will jump to the adiPower Howard 2 for the second half of the season.

“adiPower Howard 2 returns on an ALIVE cushioning based platform and marks the first appearance of miCoach functionality into adidas’ performance basketball line,” CK says.

Also of note for adidas hoops fans is the Pilrahna 5, which has a cool and securing look. Finally, an old favorite for adi hoops peeps, the TMac 2, will hit stores again. Both the TMac 2 and the Pilrahna 5 will be available this summer.

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  • Flight

    Long live the Tmac 2. Brings me back to elementary school.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    Flight, you just made me feel real, real old.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I was a senior in high school when the TMac 2′s came out.

  • shuref00t

    I like the Pilrahna’s for some odd reason. They make the Crazy 8′s look subtle.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I saw the Rose 2′s and the Dominates yesterday. I didn’t see the Dwight Howard joints, which I actually like. But I’ve never worn a center’s shoes, and I don’t intend to start.
    And the Pilrhana’s look like a Zig Tech ripoff.

  • young dojia

    definitely swoopn some tmacs 2 if they in fact come out

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 DFrance21

    Sneaker companies are making a killing with this whole second half of the season/playoff edition sneaker thing. Lebron dropped 3 different variations to his sig shoe last year. Rose had 2.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    The Rose 2 Dominates look pretty good. And @Flight & Chris. the T-Mac 2′s were nice, but my favs were still the first T-mac’s!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Roses low-cut shoes look nice, especially those lime, gray and powdered blue adizero’s

  • ripslam

    @DFrance: I don’t buy into it. How they can release multiple versions of essentially the same shoe each year, and then somehow feel justified in raising prices across the board is beyond me. $160 for a pair of LeBrons that’ll go for $90 six months later? Nah.
    On a somewhat related note, adidas cannot design shoes for sh*t. Only ones that look decent are Dwight’s kicks, and I don’t plan on wearing those bricks anytime soon.

  • rob stewart

    Love the black/purple piranhas

  • rob stewart

    I hear you. As soon as the new joints come out the old ones go on a heck of a sale. I hate when the exact same shoe is like $50 more just because it’s a newer color. Once you get old and broke like me you just wear last years version

  • http://slamonline.com Jukai

    DRose’ kicks are pretty cool. Dwights are typical awful adidas. I ate some crap flavored testes for breakfast.

  • mytiman

    Releasing shoes for the second half is stupid and a ripoff.

  • PDG

    a.)I had the white/blue TMAC2 with the white magic jersey in 2002 or 03.
    b.)I’ll be glad when Nike calls DROSE but he is probably too loyal to switch
    c.)DWIGHTS look like a Nike Hyperdunk

  • PDG

    And they better have a giant picture of a rose on them

  • http://twitter.com/kidprince22 Devonte

    The Bulls can trade Bogut,Watson, & Korver to Memphis for O.J. Mayo. They also sign Ronnie Price for the Point Guard spot off the bench for D-Rose. Get Center Kwame Brown their for 3years 8million.