Back when Russell Westbrook’s Nike contract was running out, but still before he signed with Jordan Brand, I remember people saying he should sign with adidas because they’d hook him up with some bananas Jeremy Scott gear, who you might remember is the guy who ruffled David Stern’s feathers with his “My Pet Monster”-inspired shackle shoes. That Russell Westbrook stuff obviously never happened, but Scott finally got his hands on a pair of basketball signature shoes and this limited edition version of the adidas D-Rose 3.5 is the result.
Quoth the designer:
“I really wanted to meld my world and Derrick’s world,” said Jeremy Scott. “I used his shoes as a canvas and created the coolest cherubs in the world for this shoe.”
Well, Derrick Rose never actually wore these, what with the torn ACL and the year-long rehabilitation and all that, but still — these are plain white shoes with crazy-looking cherubs on them, so mission accomplished. I joke, but it seems like this vision was definitely carried out as planned.
And I almost hate to say it, but I kind of like these a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think a pair of angel-covered white shoes are the most practical footwear choice, but I can’t help but enjoy the very early-2000s-y look of these. More specifically, they remind me of Pharrell Williams’ pre-Reebok run of Ice Creams, only in a basketball shoe. Maybe you disagree and think these are silly, but I think they’re pretty fun for the summer.
Of course, if you agree with me that these are A-OK, good luck getting them. They’re going to retail for $225, which is right in line with the rest of the Jeremy Scott line, but the tricky part is that they’ll only be releasing at a handful of shops — they are: Bait, Kith, Leaders 1354, Millennium Shoes, Oneness Boutique and Packer Shoes — around the world. That’s the price you have to pay for a pair of designer shoes, I guess. There aren’t a lot of NBA signature shoes that get updated by actual fashion designers, so there’s not much frame of reference, but that certainly seems logical.
That being said, if all of this somehow leads to Derrick Rose being spotted in full cherub tracksuit along the lines of this number, I’m out. No one needs to see that.
More shots after the jump. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.