Adidas unveils Jesse Owens-inspired shoes for Black History Month

The D Rose 6 BHM.
The D Rose 2 BHM. (Adidas)

In honor of Black History Month, Adidas unveiled new colorways of the D Rose 6 and D Lillard 2. Both sneakers and the Crazylight Boost 2.5, which is worn by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, pays homage to one of the most famous track and field athletes of all time, Jesse Owens. 

Harden, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will debut the shoes on Monday January 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The 2016 Adidas BHM collection.
A look at the Adidas BHM collection. (Adidas)

From Adidas here is a closer look at the signature detail on each shoe:

Each model features cream tones, dark brown contrasts, gold accents and signature details including Owen’s 733 bib number treated with gold foil on the tongue and a 1936 graphic-print in the sockliner.

D Rose 6

The D Rose 6 features an aged, tumbled leather upper that pays homage to the medal-winning cleats worn by Owens, contrasted by off-white hits and a clear outsole with gold flecks. He was the first American to claim four medals at the games and gold accents on the D Rose logo, heel straps, tongue detailing, lace lock and faceted eyelets celebrate the groundbreaking feat. The sneaker also features a subtle tribute to the crowd in attendance with a black-and-white photo printed on the collar lining and back of the tongue.


D Lillard 2

Inspired by Owens’ track uniform at the games, the D Lillard 2 is designed with an off-white color palette, while the upper’s cracked, gold foil texture and accents echo the medals won. The upper is also color blocked with cream suede and mesh paneling for clean, comfortable style on and off the court. The silhouette pairs Oak Print hits with a fresh coat of vintage-white at the midsole, eyelets and heel cap that seamlessly blend with a clear outsole.


Crazylight Boost 2.5

The Crazylight Boost 2.5, worn by James Harden and Andrew Wiggins, features a mix of materials in the upper including off-white, gradient Primeknit and genuine leather with gold foil treatment. The 2.5 also includes a ‘Jesse Owens’ graphic print lace jewel and the elite sprinter’s name embroidered on the inside of the tongue. Gold accents on the silhouette’s lace tips and signature details deliver a true gold metal tribute.   

The D Lillard 2 BHM.
The D Lillard 2 BHM. (Adidas)

This is a very unique and cool idea by Adidas that will help honor the memory of Owens.

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