Facts

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High-Top

Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.

Mid-Top

Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.

Low-Top

Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

Signature

Good to know

Some basketball shoes embody the athleticism and symbolize the life of certain on-court legends. Hooping will surely be fine when you get kicks from their signature lines.

Lockdown
Lace-Up

Strap

Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.

Lace-Up

Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.

Slip-On

Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

Good to know

Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

Price
$130
Weight
12.7oz

Good to know

Basketball shoes usually weigh between 300g and 400g for speed and agility. Write your on-court tale with basketball shoes that barely tip the scales.

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A lot of testers feel that the traction on the Crazy 97 holds them to the ground really well regardless of what maneuvers they do on-court.
  • Many users like the material of the outsole rubber, saying that the shoe is great for playing outdoor basketball because it feels durable.
  • Because of the unique shape of the midsole, majority of the reviewers comment that the Adidas Crazy 97 feels very stable.
  • The shoe is based on the Feet You Wear technology where the midsole molds to the natural shape of the foot, and many testers find this set-up to be very comfortable.
  • Because the Crazy 97’s midsole is rounded, a lot of wearers say that it helps them change directions quickly.
  • Some of the players think that the shoe feels very lightweight in spite of it looking bulky.
  • One tester appreciates the construction of the heel area, saying that it will conform to a lot of ankle shapes.
  • Many of the reviewers comment that the lockdown from forefoot to midfoot is perfect, as long as you tighten your laces really well.
  • A lot of users also love the look of the shoe, saying that they are a pair of gorgeous sneakers.
  • Some reviewers comment that the shoe is actually very low-to-the-ground.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Majority of the users say that the shoe is not very well-ventilated.
  • One tester mentions that the shoe will need to be re-tightened after break-in since it uses a leather upper, and the material usually expands due to the heat and moisture build-up.
  • A few reviewers comment that they feel some heel slippage due to the elastic bands behind the ankle.
  • Some users do not feel much impact protection on the shoe since it has light cushioning.
  • There were a couple of commenters who do not like the shoe’s look.

Bottom line

Despite the shoe’s unusual shape and design, many users are delighted with the shoe’s performance on-court. It has high ratings in terms of traction, material, support, and fit; and this ultimately tells us not to judge a shoe by its upper.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 13 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are basketball players, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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75 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    I still say that the Crazy 8 is their best model in terms of Retro performance but the Crazy 97 isn’t too far behind.

  • 85 / 100 by CrazyBlackman108 • CrazyBlackman108 • Level 1 expert

    Adidas did a good job with this shoe.

  • 70 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    I still say that the Crazy 8 is their best model in terms of Retro performance but the Crazy 97 isn’t too far behind.

  • 85 / 100 by BlackLotus9 • Mishra • Level 4 expert

    Just as all Feet You Wear based performers the Crazy 97 brings amazing court feel and responsiveness.

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Profile of Adidas Crazy 97

Adidas Crazy 97’s unique silhouette draws inspiration from the Feet You Wear technology; integrating a functional yet distinctly-shaped midsole into a flashy design. This shoe used to be called the Adidas EQT Elevation and was first worn on court in a 1997 Slam Dunk Contest by Kobe Bryant who was fresh out of high school. Re-released in 2017, its performance still proves true on-court even 20 years after its debut.

Performance

Cushion. The Adidas Crazy 97 has a very light yet comfortable cushioning. The shoe’s design is inspired by the Feet You Wear technology; and although Adidas no longer has the license to use it, the Crazy 97 was still able to retain its midsole shape. Despite the bulky look of the shoe, it keeps one’s feet low to the ground to give an excellent court-feel. The grooves on the shoe make the foot flex naturally; and the rounded edges also bring about stability to the ankle, reducing foot injuries.

Traction. The shoe’s outsole is segmented into three rounded, protruding sections. Not including the midfoot arch support, the double herringbone pattern is molded all over the pods. The outsole uses a solid, durable rubber, so it is very safe to use in both outdoors or indoors, clean or dusty surfaces. For added traction, the forefoot pattern also extends to the sides of the midfoot.

Fit

Length and Width. The Crazy 97 fits true to size lengthwise. However, after breaking in, the shoe’s upper will expand quite a bit, and you will have to tighten the laces a little bit more. Thus, if you would like a tighter fit on the upper, it is recommended to go half a size lower.   

Lockdown. The shoe features a cage-like midsole that extends to the upper. When the laces are tightened, the midsole clamps the foot down, ensuring a solid lockdown.

Material

Adidas Crazy 97 uses a mix of materials for its upper–high-quality synthetic leather in the main areas of the upper, and a combination of patent leather and nylon fabric on the lateral side and tongue. The shoe uses molded EVA foam in its midsole and a durable non-marking solid rubber on the outsole.

Style

Striking colors and bold zigzag lines are the first things to get noticed on the Adidas Crazy 97. The shoe has come in different colorways since its release; however, the most famous colorway is the Lakers-inspired Purple and Black colorway which Kobe Bryant wore to the 1997 Dunk Contest in Philadelphia.

From the top, the laces are tucked into the tongue area, so as not to take away from the shoe’s flashy design. Holographic logos that interchange with the number 8–the jersey number that Kobe Bryant played in when he was playing for Lakers–and the Adidas Equipment logo can be found on the tongue and on the lateral side of the shoe. The signature three stripes can also be seen on the lateral side of the shoe, and a more subtle one is on the medial side. The Adidas Equipment logo can also be found on the pull tab of the tongue and on the tip of the forefoot.