adidas Basketball Black History Month Collection (KICKS)

Jesse Owens rewrote the track record books in the mid-30s. He demolished the competition in track spikes that were handmade by adidas founder Adi Dassler. To honor Owens, adidas will have James Harden, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard and other Three-Stripe athletes in special Black History Month colorways starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and during select games in February.

The D. Rose 6, D. Lillard 2 and Crazylight Boost 2.5 complete the collection—all feature cream tones, dark brown contrasts, gold accents and signature details including Owens’ 733 bib number treated with gold foil on the tongue and a 1936 graphic-print in the sockliner.

More details from adidas:

The D. Rose 6 features an aged, tumbled leather upper that pays homage to the medal-winning cleats worn by Owens, contrasted by off-white hits and a clear outsole with gold flecks. The sneaker also features a subtle tribute to the crowd in attendance with a black-and-white photo printed on the collar lining and back of the tongue.



Inspired by Owens’ track uniform at the games, the D. Lillard 2 is designed with an off-white color palette, while the upper’s cracked, gold foil texture and accents echo the medals won. The upper is also color blocked with cream suede and mesh paneling for clean, comfortable style on and off the court. The silhouette pairs Oak Print hits with a fresh coat of vintage-white at the midsole, eyelets and heel cap that seamlessly blend with a clear outsole.



The Crazylight Boost 2.5  features a mix of materials in the upper including off-white, gradient Primeknit and genuine leather with gold foil treatment. The 2.5 also includes a ‘Jesse Owens’ graphic print lace jewel and the elite sprinter’s name embroidered on the inside of the tongue. 

The D. Rose 6 ($140) and D. Lillard 2 ($105) will be released before February. Keep it locked on for more info.

Photos courtesy of adidas