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8 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers love the futuristic design of the Adidas Crazy 1 ADV.
  • The colorways available are great according to several users.
  • One user noted that these sneakers are more comfortable than the Boost.
  • An online reviewer noted that these shoes could be worn for running and jogging.
  • Fans of the Adidas Crazy 1 series love this new look of the Adidas Crazy 1 ADV.
  • The material used on these sneakers are premium, especially the leather upper.
  • One tester appreciates that these sneakers are a combination of a basketball shoe and a tubular shoe.
  • Followers of the Tubular series note that this is a great alternative to Tubulars, a better model even. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • These sneakers are quite pricey.
  • Some users feel disappointed in terms of Adidas’ lack of creativity because it is quite similar to the Tubular’s silhouette.

Bottom line

As one of the comeback sneakers from the KOBE series, the Crazy 1’s and the Adidas Crazy 1 ADV do not disappoint. The sleek, minimalist, and futuristic silhouette captivate those who are on the hunt for a great everyday sneaker.

The premium materials used and exquisite comfort it brings make it a great choice. Although it is an underdog compared to Boost-infused models like the NMDs, these are at par with the best sneakers on the market in terms of style and comfort.



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The successful return of this retro-basketball shoe from Adidas comes in men’s sizes running from 4-13. Half sizes are available as well. Women who wish to get their hands on a pair may need to go 1.5 sizes down for a better fit. Aside from its lace-up closure that allows a snug fit, the neoprene cleatie construction contributes to its optimal and sock-like fit.

Coming from the KOBE series that received extreme love and hate during its initial launch, the Crazy 1 ADV gets revamped and veers away from its big, bulky, and car-looking silhouette. The Adidas Crazy 1 ADV debuts in a sleeker and more luxurious profile, somewhat similar to the Adidas Tubular’s without the Tubular technology. These sneakers stay consistent with its ethos as it features a nubuck upper with leather overlays. It plays with a mix of materials through the use of a neoprene cleatie and a soft leather lining. It sits on a dual-density polyurethane midsole with a “pinched-on-the-side” detailing.

As this sneaker looks futuristic and trendy, any outfit can easily be taken to another level without too much styling. It is ideal to pair these with casual or sporty outfits to match the style of the sneakers.

The Adidas Crazy 1 ADV comes as a lifestyle sneaker, different from its roots of being a performance sneaker. Although it retains the mid-top silhouette that the KOBE has, it brings new features to make it more adaptable for everyday wear. It offers a premier look and feel with its nubuck upper and leather overlays to ensure long-lasting comfort. The dual density polyurethane outsole brings enhanced comfort to the shoe and quick break-in time.

The Crazy 1 series was initially made famous by NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Originally dubbed as “The KOBE” during its release in 2000, the shoe was revolutionary because it retained not a single element of its previous collection. Instead, it featured a whole new silhouette. Adidas decided to partner with its fellow German company, Audi, in creating a revamped Kobe line. The design looks quite similar to the Audi TT Roadster. The KOBE carried a design and innovations that were provocative, controversial, and unique. Similar to the Nike Foamposite One, the construction method of The KOBE was molded then sewn to create a firm shell that molds on the contours of the foot. However, Audi placed different elements on its construction making it unique.

What contributed to the success of the shoe was the simultaneous success of Kobe Bryant. The basketball player made an average of 28 points during this season, earning his team a slot in the finals against Indiana Pacers. Despite having an ankle injury during one game, it didn’t keep Kobe away from earning a championship ring. It was his first out of the five championships that he had won.

As Kobe parted ways with Adidas after the KOBE II, the brand decided to shelf the shoe. It made its resurgence in 2013 and named it as the Crazy 1.

  • Primarily designed as a lifestyle sneaker, this shoe can also work as a basketball or a workout companion.
  • Rapper Young Thug wore the unreleased sneaker during the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors championship game.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.