Breaking Down New Derrick Rose 'Nightmare' Shoes

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2012

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The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose has yet to make his return from an ACL tear, but that isn't stopping the folks at Adidas from rolling out yet another version of his signature shoe.

This particular release is called the "Nightmare" edition, and it will hit stores on Dec. 24. Or, as I know it, "panic shopping day."

This particular design was named Nightmare because it's meant to signify what happens to defenders the night before guarding Rose. As any astute NBA observer can attest, "nightmare" may be putting it mildly. 

Nevertheless, with a purple-and-black base and intricate design, these shoes are definitely spastic enough to denote the Nightmare name. 

How do the kicks grade out? Here is a complete breakdown and grades for the new Derrick Rose Nightmare shoes. 


"Wow" Factor: 9.5/10

Even if the design ultimately isn't what you are looking for, it's undeniable that the Nightmare release is the most eye-popping of the Rose collection.

Adorned with a deep-purple-and-black base, the colorway alone would be enough to catch most observers' eyes. However, simplicity was obviously frowned upon in the design of the Nightmares. That's a fact that will ultimately make them beloved by some and mocked by others.

Inside the purple upper, there is an intricate design that gradually becomes more predominant and leads to a capturing, speckled midsole. Even down to the striped laces, this is a release meant to stand out on and off the floor.

The design even incorporates a standard Adidas backing to the heel portion of the shoe. It's an interesting choice because it sticks out like a sore thumb, but it's just part of what makes these shoes wow-worthy.

Still, the coup de grace isn't something seen by the naked eye. Even though the shoes are dark-colored, they stand out most in the dark. Why, you ask? Because the outsole of these kicks is glow-in-the-dark.

Once again, you may use a ton of adjectives to describe these kicks, but "boring" certainly won't be one. 


Design: 8.5/10

We've already broken down what went into the design. Now it's time to answer whether the design actually works in terms of aesthetic appeal.

For the most part, the answer is a resounding yes. Though not used in tandem often enough, purple and black have always been a colorway that works in perfect accordance. Here is no different, as the intricacies of the purple upper mesh well with the speckled midsole, and the black leather also works as well.

One also has to appreciate the details in the design. When you name something the "Nightmare" edition, it has to stick out while also adhering to the brand. Designers can't call something a nightmare and then come out with a flashy, baby-blue-and-yellow colorway.

That seems like an obvious statement, but based on what we've seen in the past, it's nice to see the designers fully aware of the concept. 

The one major design flaw comes at the heel. I understand the reasoning behind putting the standard Adidas stripes on the back. However, it simply doesn't work here. It looks unbelievably clunky and is impossible to ignore on a shoe full of things that were supposed to stick out. 

Overall, though, this design works, with the heel just being one unfortunate misstep. 


Overall: 9/10

One design flaw aside, the Nightmares are a welcomed case of a shoe company taking a massive risk and nailing it. The design is both inspired and unique, giving the kicks a standout quality that's tough to pull off around the holiday season.

For fans of Rose and collectors of his shoes, these are an obvious buy. The Rose collection certainly doesn't quite have the following of the Jordan brand, but the relationship between the brand and player will only grow. 

If you're just getting started with collecting, this iteration might be a good first pair to purchase.

Casual buyers have a tougher call. The design intricacies are what make the Nightmares great, but what also make them a matching nightmare (see what I did there?) off the court. If you're in line for a new pair of basketball kicks, definitely give these some consideration.

However, for those of you looking for an everyday shoe, it may be best to look elsewhere.