Adidas adiPower Howard 2 and adiZero™ Rose 2.5 - Lei Feng

The Adidas adiPower Howard 2 and adiZero™ Rose 2.5 - Lei Feng

The month of March marks a hectic month for basketball and the sneaker world, from St Patrick’s Day to upcoming Easter releases to the always exciting March Madness.  For Adidas Basketball, the Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose signature models have been two of the top performers of the season.  And as a special tribute, two special color schemes have been released this month to commemorate Lei Fang, a fallen Chinese soldier.  As a soldier for the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China during the 1950’s, Feng would fall in battle and would become an icon after his death.  The Chinese people revere him as a selfless and modest figure, dedicating a day in March where activities to better communities around the country are held.  This Spotlight Special looks at the military themed, Lei Fang versions of the Adidas adiPower Howard 2 and adiZero™ Rose 2.5.

Adidas adiPower Howard 2 - Lei Feng

The Adidas adiPower Howard 2 - Lei Feng

During the second half of the 2012 All-Start game, Dwight Howard would swap out of the High Energy adiPower Howard 2 to debut the Lei Fang version to the world.  The Strong Olive coloring engulfs the upper, accented with gold and the Orlando Magic blue.  Below, an off-white outsole is complimented with a black midsole and blue TORSION® plate.  Olive nubuck covers the toe box, eyestay, and heel counter, with the sides containing a Chinese circle & cross all over graphic.  Touches of gold complete this special adiPower Howard 2 on the eyelets, three stripe logo on the sides, Dwight Howard logo on the tongue, and with the Chinese characters along the lateral heel.  The powerful look of the Howard 2 definetly carries the military theme appropriately.

Adidas adiZero™ Rose 2.5 - Lei Feng

The Adidas adiZero™ Rose 2.5 - Lei Feng

Derrick Rose has taken the Adidas crown inking one of the most lucrative sneaker contracts in recent memory.  Only two years in, the adiZero™ Rose line has been a blessing for Adidas Basketball.  Of the many themed releases for the 2.5, the Lei Fang version is undoubtedly the most luxurious.  Like the Howard 2 version, Strong Olive covers the entire upper.  Solid black makes up the outsole, with off-white complimenting on the midsole.  The Sprint Frame is also done in all black given a style touch through red Adidas logo stripes, which have the circle and cross graphic nicely placed.  Nubuck is found on the toe box and collar, with the leather sides embossed with the Chinese graphic through out.  The gold touches are placed on the collar eyelets, adiZero logo, and Chinese characters located on the back heel area.  A fleece lining completes the Rose 2.5, representing the cold winter battles an army may face.

Adidas adiZero™ Rose 2.5 - Lei FengAs we have seen though the years, including this season, paying homage to the country that produces the bulk of the basketball performers today is only fitting.  Both Lei Fang versions of the Howard 2 and Rose 2.5 do an exceptionally great job in portraying the fallen soldier.  The past couple of seasons has not seen Adidas release too many themed color schemes, aside from the expected All-Star specials, so it is a welcomed surprise that both signature models get the special treatment.  In the long run this hopefully means that sneaker fans have a lot to look forward to with Adidas and themed specials for the future.  Released in time for Learn from Lei Feng Day, the Adidas adiPower Howard 2 and adiZero™ Rose 2.5 Lei Fang tributes were released in limited numbers this month.

Adidas adiPower Howard 2 - Lei Feng