adidas adiPower Howard 3 Gold Medal Olympics USA G56413 (1)

words // Brandon Richard

Like Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard was sidelined for the Olympics due to suffering a season-ending injury earlier this year. Also like Rose, Howard was a lock to make the team and would have debuted his new adiPower Howard 3 signature shoe this summer. In addition to a white-based Olympic game shoe, adidas had a special "Gold Medal" edition ready to roll out. 

The "Gold Medal" Howard 3 sports a navy leather upper with a red contrast stitch along the side panels and eyestay. Metallic Gold works the tongue detail, heel counter and mesh underlay that lies beneath transparent 3-Stripe branding. Navy continues down to the midsole and sits atop a white and gold rubber outsole.

Though not officially released stateside at the moment, the "Gold Medal" adiPower Howard 3 has started hitting shelves abroad.

08/2012 adidas adiPower Howard 3
G56413 Collegiate Navy/Metallic Gold/Light Scarlet

adidas adiPower Howard 3 Gold Medal Olympics USA G56413 (2)

adidas adiPower Howard 3 Gold Medal Olympics USA G56413 (3)

adidas adiPower Howard 3 Gold Medal Olympics USA G56413 (4)

adidas adiPower Howard 3 Gold Medal Olympics USA G56413 (5)

via Sole Movement