Finally! The D Rose line is back…
Traction – adidas has been nailing it with their recent models in terms of traction, and the D Rose 6 is no different. In fact, they might be my favorite of the 2015 adidas Hoops lineup.
The pattern is tight and shallow, so longevity might be an issue for some, but it works really well so it’s hard to complain. When dust is present it will clog up the surface area rather quickly, however, a quick wipe and you’re good to go. I’ve been using them indoors and outdoors – I have two pairs so one has been my outdoor shoe while the other is my indoor pair. The only areas I’ve seen some wear on the outdoor pair is on the exterior teeth, but the main pattern is perfectly fine. It also grips really well outdoors too so they’ve become my new go-to for outdoor playing.
Traction is beast. No other way around it.
Cushion – Bruh! Boost is back, and this is Boost done right. Not only is there more Boost available, but they’ve managed to unlock the forefoot section so you’re really going to feel it this time around. This is actually the second reason why they’re my current go-to outdoor shoe. Everyone knows that playing on the blacktop makes your body feel as if it played twice as hard and twice as long. But with the Boost cushion I feel perfectly fine… it’s like I’m 15 again.
A StableFrame is the main reason why were able to experience Boost properly. It’s basically a carrier, same setup as the D Rose 5, but Boost needs to expand. With the frame in place they were able to open up the forefoot sections and allow the material to do what it does best; absorb impact and return the energy to you with an ultra responsive ride. Unlocked Zoom Air does this well, but Boost does it better.
Over the years I’ve used a lot of shoes with a lot of different cushion systems. This is the best cushion I’ve ever experienced in a basketball shoe.
Materials – Once again, materials will greatly depend on the colorway. There are two primary options along with a more premium option. Mesh and synthetic leather are the two primary performance options and select colorways – dubbed lux editions – will feature synthetic suede.
The mesh is great for those that prefer softer materials that require little to no break-in time. There is little to no stretch so you’re not losing support from the materials just because its soft and pliable.
The synthetic leather is more rugged and durable. You’ll need to break it in a bit, but it’s not a big ordeal, at least it wasn’t for me.
Between the two, I personally prefer the synthetic leather – which was not my initial choice when I first got both pairs in as I really enjoy mesh and woven/ knitted uppers.the difference, for me, came from each pairs fit/ containment.
Fit – They fit true to size for me. Perfect length and width as soon as I have them laced up. But the toe area on the mesh version has a bit of dead space above the foot that I’m not a fan of. However, the synthetic leather pair sits perfectly on the foot and I absolutely love how that pair feels.
Lockdown starts off a bit sloppy at first, but gets better with every wear. I would have liked to have seen one additional set of eyelets at the base of the forefoot so I could really lock that section in, but as stated previously, it gets better with every wear – so the more time you take with them on-court the more they’ll start to break-in and move with your foot instead of against it. Midfoot lockdown has zero issues, and like the forefoot, the heel needed some time to adjust before I was able to get a great secure fit out of them.
The heel portion was made for adidas’ SpeedWrap system – which Rose has been using every year – which is why there is a cut out on the lateral section. If you wear a brace then you’ll appreciate the cut out, and if you don’t wear a brace… just make sure you wear quarter cut socks or longer and you’ll be good to go.
Support – There are plenty of support features on the D Rose 6 that all tie in to make them one hell of a shoe. The platform is flat which promotes stability and blends beautifully with a cushion system that could be considered unstable such as Boost. To help aid in stabilizing the Boost foam adidas implemented the StableFrame along with their X-Bar system for torsional support. The fit will differ between materials so if you want the most contained fit – for the greatest amount of support – then go with the synthetic leather pairs.
Last, but not least, is the heels exaggerated lockdown/ support feature. The bottom section works great as a heel counter to aid keeping your heel attached to the footbed, while the top “strap” section creates a custom-like fit for wearers that may or may not wear a brace.
Overall – The D Rose 6 is a monster on-court. They’re definitely a little bottom heavy, but they don’t feel that way once you wear them because of the Boost. Any position will enjoy the hell out of these things so if you want to give adidas a chance, this might be the pair that makes you believe that they’re not only headed in the right direction, but they may have already reached their destination.
My current top three basketball shoes for 2015 are all amazing performers… and none of them – at the moment – feature a Swoosh or Jumpman. If you’re serious about wanting to wear the best possible shoe available while on-court then you might want to start acting like it. Brands don’t matter any longer… unless you’re just trying to look cool.