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Review: adidas D Rose 4

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Rose will never be the same? Never that. D Rose is back, looks as good or better than ever, and the Rose 4.0 is there to elevate his game to new heights. How will it work for you?

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I admit, I have liked (dang near loved) every shoe Derrick Rose has worn in his NBA career. TS Creator, Cut Creator, Supernatural Creator, and all of the Roses from 1.0 through 3.5. My favorite shoe ever was the Supernatural Creator. For me, being older than 99% of the NBA, I find it hard to root in an MJ hero worship style for any player now. However, Derrick Rose brings the excitement and fearlessness I can remember seeing in Jordan, especially pre-1991. Rose has embraced Chicago more than any athlete since Jordan, and the love is reciprocal. That said, I love everything about D Rose the player. Humble, aggressive, talent, major work ethic, quiet and cool. I get the split of his on- and off-court approach, the two sides, the Yin and Yang. I try to be that way myself. Off the court we are cool, on the court I am busting everyone I line up against. So I “get” the D Rose 4.

Ever since the first samples and pictures appeared last spring the hate has been constant towards the 4 – and I get that also. So when the first actual pictures of the shoe appeared, and opinions started changing, I got that, too. Reminded me of that former Chicago player and his new releases – hated until Mike wore them kicks on-court, and then the lines formed.

On to the shoe (thanks, MB, for the media pack, always appreciated). We get SPRINTFRAME, SPRINTWEB, Crazyquick outsole (I refuse to call it Puremotion until they go back to my pods), GEOFIT ankle padding and, not seen in a LONG while in the basketball line, adiprene. Sounds like a beast, and my first impressions opening the box didn’t change that thought. I had read some comments on the materials feeling cheap or “not premium” enough for Rose – face it, there is no premium today for performance. Premium is saved for Dunks and Yeezys. The Rose 3 had better upper materials, in my opinion the best upper materials seen since the age of Fly-Sprint-Fuse began, at least from Jordan, Nike and adidas. The one thing I noticed right away was the finish of the upper. In the right light it has a crushed velvet look, like a Good Times van wall. Next was the toe tape. I know why it is there, and the shape has a Taurus the bull shape, but actually being able to see the stitching under the tape takes off cool points for me. Back to the heel – GEOFIT forms the main structure and feels completely different than we have seen before, showing a nice evolution from the 1.0 to now. With molded areas to fit the ankle and heel perfectly, the comfort level is elevated from the detached collar first seen three years ago. Finally, that SPRINTFRAME heel counter. A diamond geometric pattern finishes off the heel’s aggressive appearance with subtleness. Cool stuff. Let’s play…

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Nice review! Personally, I think this is the best shoe I’ve ever tried (not that I’ve tried as many shoes as you do). My top 3 all time fav shoes is Rose 4, Gil Zero, and Kobe 4 (when the lunarlon hasn’t bottomed out yet).

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Great review duke. You say these don’t sit as low as the CQ, but blacklotus say they do @_@

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Sam – I honestly have no idea what Black lotus is talking about half the time. Every shoe seems like a copy and paste review. I don’t like to fire shots at other sites because I know all experiences are different, but really though. I had on a CQ and a Rose 4 while writing just to confirm and the Rose 4 sits higher. I laughed when BL wrote it is “slammed to the ground” and rides low but is well cushioned and based on court feel. Which is it, because comparing the 4 to the 1/1.5 would not mean well cushioned. Sorry to rant but I just read that and it was fresh.

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Also another thing I notice is that the Rose 4 sits a little bit lower than the 773 2 (but I only tried on the 773 2 in store though) would you agree with that Duke?

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Rico, honestly thought they sat about the same. Still feel CQ sit lower.

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Thanks for clearing that up duke. Just kind of sad because I was surprised and glad to hear that because it’s been really hard to find a shoe with the court feel of the Rose 1/1.5.

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great read. still waiting for a cw that would entice me

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same initial feeling i got, the splits doesn’t look good.. but then the official pics started appearing and BAM, execution could have been better but not bad. in person, i didn’t feel the “cheap” feeling like some guys..it felt like all-business.

the sizing though, i fitted a 7US and its not that bad, i might get that size once the brendas (and/or prices) drop.

great review bryan, its nice to hear that the return is official (y)

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Urriah – I have seen some questions on sizing. I like about a half inch empty past my big toe – just in case I get some movement. I could see going a half down on these and the Anatomix if you don’t want any/minimal space.

Also, I just tried these on one foot and an array of others on my other foot – Anatomix, Rose 1.5 and 2, CQ, CL3, and Super.Fly2. The 4.0 rides higher than all but the SF2 and the Rose 2. Not high enough to feel unstable, but it does feel higher. I just went on feel, not millimeters and measure.

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Great review! My question is which ones do you prefer better? These or the anatomix?

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Didn’t give the 3 much of a run, didn’t bother with the 3.5…. but hearing the wider fit of the 4 and a bit more cushion sounds intriguing. I haven’t really been out much to try shoes and always refer back to the crazy8 and SNC, but I’ll have to check these out and probably give them a run esp with your backing. Alwys great to read your reviews bryan, its refreshing to see a technology and performance review intertwined.

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Proscom – I prefer the Rose 4.0 but not by much. The cushioning in the Anatomix is better from a feedback/bounce standpoint but the Rose 4.0 is not far behind. Fit honestly is about the same on containment and structure. I do like the outsole tech from the Anatomix better from a SNC comparison. So if they are that close, why the Rose? Simple – looks. Easy and plain and probably the wrong reason but it comes down to that.

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how would you compare the sizing to the rest of the rose line and even crazy 8s? I went to adidas today to grab a pair and they didn’t have any 9.5 which I predominantly have been wearing as of late, rose 2-3.5 and crazy quick, but i wore a 10 in crazy8s and rose 1-1.5 (including SNC). The store I had a 10 so I grabbed that, love the feel of the shoe and wider opening in the forefoot, but I wasn’t able to compare to a 9.5, generally like a snugger feel for the shoe, but would you say the sizing in the 3 and 4 are the same or different? Thinking about going to the mall to try a 9.5 and decided from there if i want to return and exchange when they get more in from the headquarters or not…

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Dneou – sizing is about the same as the 1.5. The 2 is longer. The three is a little shorter feeling to me. You could go down a half and snug them up. They fit fine normally though. My 10.5 is about a half inch longer than my big toe.

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The 10.5 feels like an 11 in the crazy 8.

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Can’t wait to pick up a pair from miadidas. Just wondering if adidas is claiming to be “ALL IN”. BOOST the basketball and retro lines already Please Please Please. Or at least make some BOOSTED insoles to put “ALL IN” the classics. BOOSTED shell toes and light done right forums come to mind. Or how about BOOSTED BOOTS or BOOSTED after basketball sandals. BOOST the SAMBAS. Now imagine some BOOSTED FEET YOU WEAR !!!. adiMack

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I enjoy your reviews Duke. Yep Black lotus loves every shoe and the writing is terrible. Sounds like they are trying to make sneaker reviews eloquent.
Love the D rose line can’t wait to try these. Loved the materials on the 2 and 3. Disappointed that these aren’t as nice. Wish Adidas would drop the prices back to the 125 and under range for its own sake.

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AdiMack – Boost is coming next year in the CL4 and Rose 5, although with the lack of interest in the CL3 this year I am surprised a 4 is coming (the 3 is by far the best of the line so far so that is disappointing).

Jeff – I don’t even mind the grammatical errors – it is just the reviews all start off the same and most don’t even change the wording and phrasing (getting up to speed). I like the guys themselves but to me, there needs to be some in-game or playing details.

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If like me you already have the 1.5, and wondering if you should get these or wait for the 5, what would you do? Do you still believe the 1.5 to be better overall? Thanks

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