Price:Rp 360,000.00




Rp 360.000


When it came to their two marquee athletes, adidas took two very different approaches to their second-half-of-season signature shoes. While the Dwight Howard-worn Beast and Super Beast had similar names, that’s where the similarities begin and end. The Super Beast was an entirely new shoe, top to bottom. And while I felt the Beast was a good shoe, I didn’t love it, and was excited about how much of an improvement I found the Super Beast to be. The adiZero Rose, on the other hand, I felt was already an excellent shoe, and only a few tweaks away from being even better – at least for its intended audience of point guards. “We were really happy with the adiZero Rose 1. It was lighter, faster for Derrick and had Pure Motion technology. The shoe played great and got great reviews,” explains the shoe’s designer, Robbie Fuller. With the team at adidas recognizing that they had a hit in the original, they opted for more of an update, rather than a full reworking, of the shoe. The result is the appropriately namedadiZero Rose 1.5.

I say “appropriately named” because it’s basically half the same shoe. The Sprint Frame-based tooling of the adiZero Rose has been carried over to the 1.5. While I didn’t love everything about the tooling in the original shoe, its drawbacks had more to do with my size, and cushioning preferences, rather than it’s lack of performance. So, what that means is, if you liked the original, you’ll still like the 1.5. The shoe once again plays and feels even lighter than it is, thanks in major part to the excellent design of the tooling. The TPU chassis utilized by its Sprint Frame construction begins as an external heel counter, then wraps underfoot to become a midfoot shank. It not only stabilizes the heel and midfoot, but even gives a level of responsiveness and tactile feedback, similar to a track spike. Under the Sprint Frame is a large oval-shaped pod in the heel, and a detached Puremotion area in the forefoot. The transition is exceptionally smooth, and makes the shoe feel very light, with perfectly placed flex points. The shoe just feels fast, is low to the ground, and stable. The Cilia Traction Surface is once again present, and this tooling has been my preferred use of it. It’s not my favorite traction out there, but it’s very solid. It requires more swiping than I like to do, but it’s reassuring when it’s clean.