Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is entering the 2015-16 NBA season with newfound resolve after getting tested yet again with adversity. After suffering back-to-back season-ending injuries, the youngest MVP in league history experienced another setback—a left orbital fracture that caused him to miss all of the preseason (and possibly a couple of early regular season) games.
Some reports state that Rose might return as early as next week while others say that the Bulls organization is taking baby steps to ensure that the superstar guard is fully recovered before he plays again.
In other words, there's still no definite date for the three-time All-Star's return to action. One thing is for sure, though: when he does, he'll sport the latest edition of his signature kicks from adidas, the D Rose 6!
The shoe was officially released here last October 15 with its first colorway, "Home." A second colorway, "Road," will drop on November 5. According to adidas, they'll unveil five more designs throughout the remainder of the year.
As for benefits, the D Rose 6 was engineered to boost D-Rose's type of play. Drawing inspiration from the former MVP's undying will to never break, the shoe's silhouette is designed to elevate his aggressive game and compliment his drive to win.
And guess what, fellow sneakerheads! We actually got hold of both the D Rose 6 "Home" and "Road" colorways, and we're sharing our unboxing photos with you below because we know you also want to see it outside of boring press photos!
First, let's take a look at the "Home" edition:
Here's the box that contains the newest pair of basketball wonders from the brand with three stripes. On top of it is the D Rose logo.
Protecting the shoe from dust and other outside forces (read: maduduming mga kamay) is a sleek thin sheet of black paper.
The "Home" colorway features a neat combination of grey and white tones, giving the shoe a classy look. It's pretty sharp for a basketball shoe.
The shoe features a diamond-pattern mesh that symbolizes Chicago's architecture. It's also reminiscent of the Crazylight's design, only way meaner.
At the back of the shoe, you can see the bold and rugged FitFrame heel cage topped with a huge D Rose logo.
The straps and heel cage are designed to deliver an adaptive fit and optimum grip.
The D Rose 6 also comes with adidas' BOOST technology, which, in theory, delivers energy return to add more oomph to your hops. The shoe's forefoot and heel are engineered to ensure comfort on the playing court. In case you're curious what it looks like, it's that white thing that resembles Styrofoam.
The shoe's exterior also comes with StableFrame tech to provide more balanced and secure movements.
In terms of facade, the D Rose 6 has a lot of details that pay homage to the Windy City. For example, the six-point star below represents the six-point star of Chicago's flag.
The outer sole is made of non-marking rubber and is finished with a camouflage pattern.
Oh, look! D-Rose's name and signature!
Now, let's take a closer look at the D Rose 6 "Road" edition.
In terms of aesthetics, the black-and-red "Road" colorway definitely means business. You can instantly feel the "playoffs" vibe thanks to its mean color play.
Unlike the "Home" edition, the "Road" colorway doesn't sport mesh material on its exterior. It still has the diamond pattern, though.
It also features red dots on both sides (kinda like a constellation, if you ask us).
They also customized the six-point star to match the shoe's colors.
The fabric inside has a slightly rough texture. Maybe it's for holding your socks better?
Overall, the "Road" edition definitely screams major game when you get to see all the details. Hey, doesn't that remind you of D-Rose himself?
So which D Rose 6 do you prefer more: The sharp-looking "Home" or the no BS "Road"?
The D Rose 6 "Home" colorway is now available for P8,995 at all adidas stores nationwide. "Road" will be officially available on November 5, 2015.