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Review: adidas Crazy 8

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With most adidas Crazy 8 retro releases seeing amazing sales numbers, the popularity of this shoe continues to increase. But does it still measure up to today’s performance shoes? Kobe may not think so, but we shall see.

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adidas hit the jackpot, it seemed, when a certain high schooler came to his “I am going to the NBA” press conference wearing sunglasses on his head and his attitude on his sleeve, knowing they had outfitted him in high school and would do so again in the pros. To properly introduce him, the designers knew they needed to come with something revolutionary; never seen before; completely out there. Enter the Feet You Wear (FYW) sole. Based on the slogan “Kobe ’s feet work, so we copied them,” adidas introduced his first shoe, the EQT Elevation (Crazy 97), with the craziest looking outsole ever seen. Then adidas brought us the KB8, now known as the Crazy 8 — arguably still the best ever implementation of Feet You Wear.

The first thing I noticed when I put the Crazy 8 on is the high ankle cut. The shoe, from the outside, appears to be a mid cut, no higher than most shoes made then or now for basketball. However, appearances are deceiving; the collar actually covers my ankle and then some. How? Because the foot sits so low in the shoe, and the shoe in turn sits so low to the ground that the height comes up. The bottom of the foot sits just below the black midsole stripe on the heel, and the forefoot is below the peak of the forefoot pods. This may just be the lowest riding shoe I have ever had on. I didn’t measure exactly in millimeters but if a shoe sits lower, I haven’t found it.

One of the best things about adidas, in my mind, has been the continued use of only the highest grade materials and build quality, and this shoe is no different. The leather is top-notch and real, there was no out of place glue or midsole paint, and the overall outsole rubber is thick and built to last on the court. With that said, would it measure up on the court? I did my best to find out…

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Damn, Duke, you had to do this review NOW?! :)

Another in-depth, smart reading from you that had made me close to spending dough (got the HD2013 thanks to you, ha) again…

I’ve been thinking about getting the black/white nubuck retro for awhile now. I have the ASG version and its leather upper felt really heavy. Question is; do you think the black version with its nubuck upper could be lighter?

And I had the same issue with the traction as well, on the less-than-pristine court I play on.

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The nubuck is lighter but that leather is so nice. I actually did this review a while back and just got around to getting it out. Figured with the Nets version out it was a good time.

Hope you like the HD. Seriously, the last nike shoe I bought was the KD5 and before that I couldn’t say – Kobe VI? – but I love these.

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Actually the timing’s perfect, and you’re right; the Crazy 8 seems to be selling really well. Speaks volume of how far ahead this shoe was ahead of its curve when it was launched, that it’s still moving units now :)

The Nets version is doing better than the team right now, lol.

And yes, the HD2013 is a solid shoe; well-rounded, it does almost everything above average. The traction, as mentioned by everyone, is top-notch. Love it, thanks Duke! :)

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one of the best shoe…of all times.

it really makes you wonder, what if adidas and mr. ellis managed to work together? i becha they would have discovered Puremotion way earlier.. i becha they didnt abandon FYW after a couple of seasons… hay.. would have could have :(

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great review, exactly how i think they play.

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Lower-riding than the Rose line?

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Not the 1-1.5, the rest – yes.

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So I just ordered a pair of these, thanks so much for your insights!

You have the best review of this model online; openly sharing a personal preference yet very balanced, detailed yet concise. Great job man! New big fan here! Really appreciate the small details in your reviews that none of the other sites offer, i.e. The Crazy 8 being the lowest ever and the Rose 3.5 having a higher heel. (Obviously I was choosing between the two a few days ago lol)

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