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Adidas Basketball Unveils Jesse Owens Black History Month Sneakers (Photos)

With Nike and Jordan Brand getting most of the attention, we forgot that Adidas celebrated Christmas and Black History Month.

The apparel giant Adidas just unveiled their collection in advance of Black History Month for the D Lillard 2, D Rose 6 and the Crazylight Boost 2.5 honoring the great Jesse Owens.

From Adidas:

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.

Harden, Lillard, Rose and Andrew Wiggins are just some of the adidas brand players that will be wearing the shoes during all the MLK Day games, and throughout Black History Month in February.

The D Rose 6 ($140) and D Lillard 2 ($105) come out in January on adidas.com.

-- Glenn Erby

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