Recently Adidas unveiled some images of the D. Rose in a “Boardwalk” colorway, however the first think that comes to mind when we see the images has to be “South Beach” Lebron coloway.  The history of the South Beach Lebron colorway has some significant value to lebron and his career moves to Miami.  D. Rose said the following about the Boardwalk colorway:

“It’s important for me to work on my game every day during the off-season,” said Rose. “I chose southern California as my summer home because it’s a place where I can focus on training and getting ready for the season. I love this colorway of the shoe because it tells the other side of the story about where I spend my time.”

Do you think this shoe is a prime example of a company trying to theme colors after another brands success?  Adidas isn’t the only one that looks to be borrowing inspiration from other sneaker companies.  At what point do we care and want sneakers to have a more original feel?  Or do we like these new colorways because “Imitation is the sincerest for of flattery”.

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We recently have seen a “Cement” styled Reebok colorway that draws parallels to the Jordan 4 Cements also.



Here are images of the Lebron “South Beach” and “Miami Vice” inspired Lebron sneakers that started the craze of these colors:

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Sources: Adidas Reebok Nike