New city, new team, new contract and, yes, new sneakers. Rockets center Dwight Howard, who landed in Houston after spurning the Lakers in free agency, will have a new signature shoe by Adidas for the 2013-14 season.
Adidas unveiled Tuesday the "D Howard 4," the latest signature for the seven-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Here are a few notes from the release.
Built for speed and power, the D Howard 4 features a comfortable and supportive upper combined with Crazyquick technology elements in the outsole.
The spiral wave design on the shoe’s upper is inspired by Dwight’s playing style and how he circles the paint protecting the rim by blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. The bright color palette of this Yellow-Gold-Blue colorway was selected to match Dwight’s personality while the tongue and three-stripes branding both feature a chrome treatment to stand out on the court.
Howard will sport the yellow/gold/blue version of the sneakers during an upcoming tour through South Korea, Taiwan and China. He has already worn the D Howard 4 on multiple occasions: he sported a Lakers-themed colorway during the 2013 playoffs against the Spurs and he wore this Rockets red/white version during his introductory photo shoot after inking his new deal in July.
Dwight Howard wears the D Howard 4 during his introductory photo shoot with the Rockets. (Bill Baptist/Getty Images)
Adidas will release three colorways of the D Howard 4 on Nov. 1; two additional colorways will be released in December.
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Below, find a gallery of D Howard 4 images, including detail shots, concept sketches, and the Lakers' version.
Hat tip on the images of the Rockets and Lakers versions to SoleCollector.com