words // Brandon Richard
Before leading John Calipari's Memphis Tigers to the NCAA Championship Game or winning the NBA League MVP in the Windy City, Derrick Rose was the leader of one of the nation's top high school basketball teams at Chicago's Simeon Career Academy. Last year, we saw adidas salute Rose's All-American years as a Wolverine with the "All-Star" adiZero Rose, draped in the school's signature yellow and blue colors. The trend of incorporating Rose's upbringing into his sneaker designs will continue this upcoming season with the introduction of the adiZero Rose 2. Here's a detailed look at the new Rose signature in a "Simeon" colorway.
Featuring a predominantly grey upper, the "Simeon" Rose 2 is accented by blue on the laces, mesh SPRINTWEB underlayer, inner liner and footbed. Taking an unorthodox approach to the Simeon theme, the yellow accents are done in adidas' vibrant "Electricity" hue, which appears on the tongue, padding, trim along the side panels and 3-Stripes wrapped around the heel. Derrick's Chicago roots are captured with digitized cityscape embossed details throughout the upper of the shoe. Finishing things off below is a white midsole and blue outsole with Splatter Traction Surface.
This colorway is currently pegged for a November release and will be the most limited pair out of the initial fall lineup.