Verdict from 10 experts and 16 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the users are very impressed with how much weight Adidas was able to slash off from a usually heavy performance shoe.
  • Many users think that the Crazy Light 2’s traction is great.
  • A few testers love how the midfoot is contoured to fit the foot better.
  • People who bought the Crazy Light 1 previously see a huge improvement in the Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 2’s material construction, observing that the upper’s construction was simpler and more seamless than the first.
  • A lot of the shoe owners love the vibrant colors that the shoe comes in, saying that makes the shoe standout on-court.
  • Many testers say that the initial discomfort they felt went away after breaking the shoe in. The second signature shoe of Russell Westbrook from the Jordan brand gives a cozy fit after the break-in period.

4 reasons not to buy

  • These shoes for hooping are very narrow on the forefoot. Many users complain that they experienced pinching during play, and sometimes blistering or pain after a few hours of use.
  • Some buyers experience pinching on the lace rivets of the shoe. As for the Under Armour sixth Curry signature shoe, the problem is the digging of the shoelaces against the thinly padded tongue.
  • One tester says that the lateral side of his heel got irritated because of the asymmetrical SprintFrame, and possibly because his socks were not high enough.
  • Majority of the users mention that the shoe’s breathability is lesser than the Crazy Light 1’s because of the changes in the upper’s construction.

Bottom line

Overall, the Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 2 shows an obvious improvement compared to its predecessor Crazy Light 1 in terms of traction, cushioning, support and fit. This makes it a great all-around Three Stripes basketball shoe not only for quick players but also for players in every position.

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Good to know

The Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 2 is hailed as the lightest shoe that was made right. With durability in mind, designer Robbie Fuller utilized an improved SprintWeb upper that is not just breathable but also sturdy. A redesigned SprintFrame is also used to hold the foot in place and give it better support. The shoe was meant to be worn as if there was nothing on your feet. When wearing the Crazy Light 2, nothing will hold you back from performing your best on court.

Cushion. The Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 2 has a full-length midsole made from molded EVA. The midsole is thicker on the heel in order to absorb impact and thinner on the forefoot to give a better court-feel. With the shoe are two insole options. One of which is a lightweight foam-based insole; the other is a polyurethane insole–a heavier yet more impact protective material. They are interchangeable, depending on the user’s preference.

Traction. The traction features an upgraded concentric circle pattern, with the common center being at the ball of the foot. This pattern allows multidirectional movements. The outsole is made of a solid sticky rubber that has a good grip on the floor–both indoor or outdoor. On high-wear areas, a thicker rubber is used for more durability. The Crazy Light 2, however, is best used indoors. If playing in dusty courts, be sure to wipe often in order to keep the bite in the rubber.

Length and Width. The Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 2 runs very narrow in the forefoot. It would be best if you would be able to try the shoes out first before purchasing. As for the length, it runs true to size.

Lockdown. The shoe’s lockdown design is anchored on the shoe’s tight fit and the construction of the SprintWeb upper. This is possibly the reason why some users keep mentioning the narrowness of the shoe. The Crazy Light 2’s traditional lacing system and padded ankle collar complete the shoe’s lockdown system.

Starting with the upper, the Crazy Light 2 uses a three-layer SprintWeb technology. It is a synthetic TPU-based material that is constructed to be durable, lightweight, and breathable. Ventilation is present with the four open chambers on the sides of the shoe’s midfoot.

On the midsole is the adidas SprintFrame, a sturdy and lightweight TPU that is made to mold to the shape of your foot. It provides a supportive chassis for stability. Attached to the SprintFrame is the EVA cushioning where miCoach, a performance-tracking device, is housed.

For the outsole, a non-marking rubber is used with an enhanced traction pattern. Flex grooves are also added on the forefoot for flexibility.

The Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light 2 has come in more than ten colorways since its release in 2012. The upper features subtle geometrical shapes that not only add aesthetic detail to the shoe but are also key to the shoe’s sturdy construction. Adidas’s trademark stripes accent the shoe’s ankle collar, while the adidas callout and logo are found on the shoe’s tongue and heel outsole. Featured with different vibrant colorways, the shoe answers to the need not only for a lightweight performance shoe but also for a performance shoe that looks good on-court.



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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.