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We Reviewed 4 adidas Basketball Shoes At Once To Settle The Performance Debate Between Them

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Once upon a time, adidas had an idea so far ahead of the rest of the industry it was completely misunderstood. They researched, developed and eventually produced footwear around that idea, a setup called Feet You Wear. The concept was so simple — make a shoe like a foot. No hard angles, no flat platforms, no mechanical assistance. Just an organically-shaped sole coupled with a free-flowing upper, allowing the foot to react and support itself naturally. The ads were crazy. How many of you remember the line “Kobe’s feet work, so we copied them,” or Antoine Walker and Jermaine O’Neal in 3-Stripes?

Since 1996, FYW has been through many different shapes and phases, even disappearing altogether for 10 years before being revitalized in the Crazy 8 retro (the original KB8 was considered the perfection of the early concept, though I disagree). adidas then developed ForMotion, PureMotion, and now the “new” PureMotion found on the Crazyquick, Rose 773 2, D Howard 4, and multiple team shoes coming this fall. So I have a question about all of this adidas technology – which one plays best?

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First off, here are the shoes I picked for this comparison and why. The Top Ten 2000 retro from 2008, original color, original Feet You Wear concept. Next is T-Mac VI with 5-pod ForMotion. Then we get to my favorite adidas shoe ever, the Supernatural Creator “East All-Star” edition with the first PureMotion. Finally, the Crazyquick “John Wall” with new PureMotion. Why these? Real simple. They were in my collection. The testing was conducted with a 1 through 4 ranking system in the areas of fit, cushioning, traction and transition, accompanied by my reasoning for each pick. I welcome any arguments here so sound off in the comments and we’ll continue the discussion. To the comparison…

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Awesome review, I miss OG PureMotion :cry: it had so much development left in it, plus I loved the decoupled sole, and 5-pods.

New PureMotion doesn’t agree with me, since it’s basically a flex-shoe(and it tries to force me to pronate), rather than a barefoot. :(

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One thing that should be discussed when reviewing these kicks, something that the other site seems to refuse to do in their reviews, is durability. Each one of the shoes in this article are built like tanks. This alone should have Adidas at the top of the heap in regard to overall value, and then quality build. Even the Crazy Light series is well put together, then can take a good ass kickin’ during outdoor runs, unlike many other lightweight offerings from other companies, a huge flaw that strangely gets a pass from the other “reviewers” in their final tally.

Speaking of which, the Adidas thread on that site is a complete shit show and untrustworthy due to some of the participants, and nothing more needs to be said.

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Speaking of durability, Mede, the Tmac has been worn consistently for 6 years indoors. The TT2000 a little less but it is the first edition retro, not the recents. And I wore the SNC everywhere for a year. Look at them – still wearable and still in great shape.

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Great! Its 2:02am here in Manila and this is my bed time story. Thanks Duke!!! I love the SNC and how I wish I had more pairs.

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great read duke. needless to say that FYW is still tops in stability and support all these years.

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duke – very very informative.. and like a scientist, i didn’t see a bias in the beginning so the conclusion is solid (as i see it). i would really love to see adidas bring back the puremotion of old (although i did stock a lot :P)

nene – well said, for the new puremotion.. i can only think of a couple of set-ups.. and visually are too similar to each other.. while the puremotion of “old” man, they look different + play different and you can betcha theres a lot of possible stuff to do

mede – good point on the durability and value for their money :up: although the thread comment, if you don’t like it, it doesn’t mean it sucks, you just don’t like it.

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An exellent read, as always from Duke :) really loved the “Kobe’ Feet Works” ad reference; I forgot totally about it, and that was IMHO the golden age of Adidas in terms of marketing (the original CL ad notwithstanding; that’s on another cutting level, hehe).

Nothing, absolutely nothing (and that includes my current fav the Superfly 2) touches the PM in terms of feel, durability, and of course as Mede mentioned, value.

Adidas, if you’re reading these, give us an updated OG PM, so that you can have new PM AND OG PM to target different consumers with different lines, instead of almost similar outsole set-ups cross your entire basketball lines.

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The TMacs by Adidas were one of the most comfortable bball shoes that I’ve ever worn.

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My dream shoes:
Upper : crazyquick (with techfit)
Midsole : boost with CL3 sprintframe
outsole : original puremotion

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DP28 – heel –> bounce :3 hehe

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FYW – still one of my favorite technologies.

Adidas Real Deal was my favorite shoe to ball in back in the day. And the retros still felt great when I got them.

I literally came down on the side of my foot from a rebound in my Real Deal’s and was able to able to ‘catch’ myself from rolling my ankle. If that were a normal shoe I would have landed on the sharp corner of the midsole/outsole and definitely would have sprained it.

LOVE LOVE LOVE FYW – was sad when it went away – was excited when the Crazy 8′s, Real Deals, retro’d – would love more – has the EQT Elevation come out yet? I’ve only seen it in one place online.

Also a big fan of the Bromiums more specifically the Bromium 2.

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OTM – the Bromiums were, IMO, the most underrated series ever. Adiprene+, FYW, and that leather, ooohhhhh.

Also had a pair of EQT Forums that I loved, and a pair of the FYW runners, along with playing softball in the Eddie George FYW Turfs. Now I am getting all misty-eyed…

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great discussion here.
adidas actually have a FW design role open in their basketball team – someone will be lucky enough to create their own footwear legacy.
http://careers.adidas-group.com/search-jobs-description.aspx?refnum=US+-9689ADI13

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DUKE!!! AWESOME READ MAN!

I miss PureMotion. ADIDAS, if you’re reading this, PLEASE BRING THE PODS BACK!!!!

Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.

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