33 users: 4.1 / 5
Base model: Adidas Crazy BYW
Style: Sportstyle , Retro
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Basketball

Verdict from 8.5 hours of research from the internet

10 reasons to buy

  • A small number of reviewers state that the materials used on the Adidas 98 x Crazy BYW are premium.
  • One of the commenters mentions that it delivers better support compared to the Adidas BYW X.
  • An Adidas 98 x Crazy BYW review affirms that it is a massive upgrade from the Crazy KBII.
  • Based on a couple of users, Kobe and Boost is the best combination of Adidas Originals sneakers.
  • Its traction is an excellent feature, according to a significant amount of purchasers.
  • A small percentage of buyers have noted that this is the best Adidas sneaker that they have owned.
  • A small number of testers love its low-maintenance upper as it can be easily cleaned by wiping.
  • Even though it needs time to break in, the cushioning system and the upper softens up and molds into the feet, others noted.
  • It provides adequate impact protection and court feel, said one of the reviewers.
  • The Boost is always an excellent addition to any sneaker, as mentioned by a tester.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A commenter says that its breathability is less than stellar.
  • The laces are a bit long according to a buyer.

Bottom line

Proof that there is no stopping Adidas from resurrecting its cataloged product, they unearthed some of the classics and tinkered around its silhouette. Going back to the drawing board, it shows that the brand is having a lot of fun playing with its cataloged products with its release of the Never Made collection. Much like its predecessors, the Adidas 98 x Crazy BYW is packed with style and features that cannot be missed.


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Following the silhouette of the KB8 2, expect that because of its mid-top silhouette, it will provide the ankle protection and support that the previous basketball trainer also offered. The Adidas Originals 98 x Crazy BYW is a men’s sneaker that is available in US sizing. The ladies can also avail of the same model by going 1 to 1.5 sizes down.

When it was initially released in the ‘90s, its design was so eccentric that the seemingly suitable name for it was Crazy.  A hybrid of two sneakers, both Kobe sneakers, you could see the semblance of continuing to push its boundaries as it continues to exude an offbeat vibe. But unlike its predecessors, it is more muted but accentuated with the chunkiness of the Boost. It is best to pair these with joggers to highlight the details of the shoe and the Crazy silhouette.

Though it draws much of its looks at its history, its modern update is something to look forward to for this shoe. From a Feet You Wear technology, these sneakers traveled a different route being included in the Boost You Wear collection. Sporting what is dubbed as the most innovative cushioning system, the Boost delivers maximum energy return. Moreover, because of its material, it provides unbeatable energy return and at the same time, returns into its shape in an instant.

The Adidas 98 x Crazy BYW shoes are a fusion of two Kobe sneakers, the KB8 and the more recently released and patterned over KB8 1, Crazy BYW. Contrary to what most people think, legend Kobe Bryant was not connected with the Swoosh throughout his entire career. Fresh out of high school, Adidas quickly signed the athlete to a Three Stripes contract and made him the fresh face to represent its new release, a technology that is patterned after the contours of the feet called FYW or Feet You Wear.

Because of its colorful history, the blend of the two iconics easily makes it a stand out from the rest of its contemporaries from the Never Made pack. Other sneakers included in the collection are also a unification of the ‘70s, ‘80’s and ‘90s sneakers inserted with a dose of modern tweaks. The line, being highly inspired by the design process, lets the consumers peek through how ideas come to life.

  • The 98 x Crazy BYW is available in three colorways-- core black, stark white and silver metallic.
  • Other models that are part of the Never Made collection are the Marathon x 5923, Rising Star x R1, Country x Kamanda, Boston Super x R1, EQT_ZX, and Micropacer x R1.


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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.