adidas D Rose 5 Boost Review

A couple of months ago I was fortunate to receive a pair of the adidas Crazylight Boost from the good folks at adidas, well once again the powers that be at the German sporting giant have blessed me with a pair of the recently released Rose 5 Boosts.

With the Bulls being my favourite team and D Rose back in action this season wearing his signature kicks, I couldn’t be more excited to crack the box open to check these puppies out.

So let me break it down for you…


Stealth bomber. Yep, after opening the box revealed that I had been given the black away colour way (much to my delight), my initial thought was of the US made strategic bomber. The all black upper sitting atop the near full length Boost midsole that runs from the heel to the forefoot had me conjuring thoughts of the fearsome military aircraft soaring above the clouds. Fitting really, considering the speed at which Derrick can travel, his aerial displays of superiority, ability to penetrate defences and (new found) penchant for the long range bomb.



Besides the Rose logo on the heel which replaces the traditional three stripes that were located there previously in his signature line and the point guard’s jersey number near the toe box, the first thing that caught my eye was the small text on the ankle support which was absent in the Rose 5 ‘The Lake’ I had unboxed prior to receiving this colour way. A closer look revealed that the words pay homage to some of the ‘monumental’ aspects of Derrick’s life and the people most closest to him.

“1.7%” – Going into the 2008 NBA Draft, the Bulls had a 1.7% chance of landing the number 1 pick, they defied the odds and won, selecting Derrick first overall. The rest as they say, is history.

“Everybody Eats” – Words that Derrick and seven of his closest friends live by and have tattooed on them. Translation: Everybody’s on the same page, nobody misses out.

“Not supposed to be here” – 2:40 mark of this video

“No Freshman” /”R.A.D” – These two had me puzzled at first, but thankfully this is why we have google .  At Simeon Career Academy where Rose played high school ball, due to a long-standing tradition that head Coach Bob Hambric had implemented, “No Freshman” were allowed on the varsity team.

As for R.A.D, really it’s quite obvious that I’m surprised I didn’t figure it out sooner. The acronym reflects the first initial of each of his older brother’s names, Reggie, Allen and Dwayne.

Two other important family members also feature on the shoes.  His Mother’s name (Brenda) adorns the front right tip of the right shoe, while his son Derrick Jr. has the initials of his nickname ‘Pooh Junior’ embedded on the left tip of the opposite shoe. Derrick’s signature is weaved into the waved traction under foot and once again “Everybody Eats” appears, this time in the form of a banner located near the X-bar in the midsection of the sole.  The number of the shoe and the 2014-2015 season is reflected in Roman numerals on the inside of the tongue and both heels.


When laced fully they were quite a snug fit around the ankles and bridges of my feet, in saying that I haven’t balled in them yet, so some breaking in is definitely required.  I’m a size 13 and they did fit true to size length wise (In saying that, I haven’t had a problem with sizing in the past with the Rose line), of course everybody’s feet are different, so keep that in mind before making a purchase.


Actually a little heavier than Lillard’s Crazylights (which weighed in at just under 330 grams), but that is also to be expected considering the higher cut of the shoes and added ankle support. Regardless, still a light sneaker perfect for guards and also forwards.


Boost, say no more.  Ok I will, after putting on the Crazylight Boost for the first time and knowing that the Rose 5’s were going to feature near full length Boost, I was a tad excited to try these on and see how they had improved on that first release and previous editions of Rose’s signature kicks. The improvement was vast in that department, the cushioning under foot is ridiculously good and responsiveness from the energy return is noticeable. One of the other first things I noticed is how the shoes hug your ankles in a manner which I haven’t found in a variety of basketball sneakers in some time. You feel locked in, but not in a way that restricts movement. It may feel a little rigid at first but you get used to it with subsequent wears and can only work in your favour from a protective standpoint.


There is no shortage and once again it’s an improvement on previous sneakers in the Rose line. From the forefoot to the back you feel no slippage when making cuts or lateral movements and you can stop on a dime. Perfect for the hard wood, but I would be hesitant to step foot on an outdoor court as I think asphalt would most likely chew up the softer translucent areas of the soles and wouldn’t be too kind on the exposed Boost underneath. Proceed to hoop outdoors at own risk.


All in all, the Rose 5 have met all my expectations that I had prior to release and in my opinion have shot to the top of the list as far as his best shoes yet.  They are versatile and comfortable enough that it can easily make the transition from the court to the street. Seeing how I rarely ball these days, I actually wear mine casually with my adidas Rose Chisel pants .Besides the addition of the Boost tech, comfort and playability factors, I think it’s the details that do it for me most. The designers really went all out to personalize the shoe for him and the attention to detail is second to none. Adidas has come a long way with the Rose series and I’m excited at the prospect of what the Rose 6 will bring.

One thing’s for certain, the 5’s will be a tough act to follow.

Derrick Rose 5 launch

Having the Boost cushioning in my new signature shoe makes it the most favourite of mine that we’ve ever done,” said Rose. “I’ve played in them for a couple months, but every time I put them on it feels like a new shoe and it’s the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn. Now, I can’t imagine playing without Boost in my shoes.” – Derrick Rose.

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  1. Andrew Palozzo

    December 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Great write up. Bought a pair whilst i was in the US love the style. But didn’t even notice the finer details about some of the markings on the shoe.

    • @howsito


      December 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Cheers mate, glad you got something out of it.

  2. @Stehny

    December 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Without question, the finest D. Rose release to this point. I con side my all white pair to be in the top 2-3 colourways ever made of Derricks signature shoe.
    Also without question, a very accurate description of the shoes place in the Rose line.

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