As we are officially celebrating Black History Month this February, adidas Basketball recently released a trio of pairs commemorating the triumphs of key figures over the course of the last century. Last year, adidas paid homage to Kareem Adbul-Jabbar and his historic and illustrious basketball career. This season, they celebrate one of the most famous track stars of all time, Jesse Owens.
In 1950, the Associated Press conducted a poll to determine the greatest track and field athlete of the first half of the 20th– century, the results didn’t even come close – Owens by a landslide. To put things in perspective, Owens broke three world records and tied a fourth during one tournament in 1935 — a feat that is rarely matched or surpassed.
One year later, at the 1936 Berlin summer games, Owens became a groundbreaking athlete and symbol for social justice and equality after a historic performance where he became the first American track & field athlete to win four gold medals in a single games, all while under tremendous global tension.
Owens accomplished the feat in track spikes hand-crafted by adidas founder Adi Dassler, who carried the glove leather spikes from his workshop in Herzogenaurach, a Bavarian village just 300 miles to the South. Owens’ athletic performance, wearing the spikes of adidas, marked one of the most significant sports and cultural moments of the 20th century.
“The Owens family is pleased to partner with adidas for Black History Month with a commemorative basketball shoe. On the feet of athletes who compete in the spirit of Jesse’s historic accomplishments, these shoes encompass the significance of one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen.”
James Harden, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose, among others, will debut the exclusive collection during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day games and continue to wear the commemorative editions in select games throughout February to celebrate Black History Month and honor African-American role models like Jesse.
Each model features cream tones, dark brown contrasts, gold accents and signature details including Owens’ 733 bib number treated with gold foil on the tongue and a 1936 graphic-print in the sockliner. All three pairs – the D Rose 6, D Lillard 2, and the J Wall 2 – are now available at Titan (Fort/Alabang/Shang/UPTC).
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. The D Rose 6 ‘BHM’ retails for Php 8,995.
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. The D Lillard 2 ‘BHM’ retails for Php 6,495.
*not seen here is the J Wall 2 BHM pairs that are also available at Titan. The J Wall 2 ‘BHM’ retails for Php 6,995.