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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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.

Special editions


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


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.


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.


We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Majority of users just love the full-length Boost cushioning of the Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit. It’s responsive, and it offers good impact protection.
  • A lot of buyers are pleased with how comfortable these Adidas basketball shoes feel.
  • Most testers reported that the Crazy Explosive 2017 PK has excellent traction.
  • The shoes have great ankle support, a good number say.
  • Many note that the shoes look amazing.
  • Overall fit is amazing, according to most. There are no empty spaces in the shoe.
  • Nearly all reviewers claim that so far, the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit is the best performance sneaker of 2017.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Majority of the wearers reported that the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 PK runs narrow. Wide-footers are advised going up half a size.
  • A good number of buyers find the shoes a little stiff and hard to put on.
  • The outsoles wear out quickly, some reported.
  • A few users reported that these Adidas shoes take a little time to break in.
  • These Adidas shoes are not breathable, a handful commented.

Bottom line

The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit is arguably one of the best basketball shoes of 2017. It’s versatile and highly recommended for any type of player and position. Responsive Boost cushioning, great impact protection, bouncy ride, killer traction, and solid foot containment. This is one shoe that does everything and does it well.


Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit compared to 300 basketball shoes:


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Expert Reviews

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94 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    Crazy good performer, looks dope, good price, premium materials, can't go wrong and cop a pair.

  • 94 / 100 by Richee Kim • Richee Kim • Level 5 expert

    This shoe is probably the best shoe I've ever worn.

  • 100 / 100 by WearTesters • Bryan Hinkle • Level 5 expert

    Improved fit and killer cushioning should put the Crazy Explosive 2017 PK on everyone’s radar this year if you play basketball.

  • 97 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    Looking from my perspective, the adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit 2017 will be the best performer in 2017, hands down.

  • 90 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    The 2017 made minor tweaks to the 2016 formula and the result is a better performing shoe due to a better fit and containment.

  • 90 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    If you’re NOT a complete low-profile guard who needs maximum court feel and mobility, chances are you’ll love this shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 5 expert

    For my preference, I'd choose last year's Crazy Explosive more than this year's Crazy Explosive if I had to choose one.

  • 100 / 100 by AnotherPair • Nate Levell Greer • Level 4 expert

    This is my favorite hoop shoe as of right now. In 2017, by far.

  • 98 / 100 by KickGenius • Jeremy Jones • Level 4 expert

    Overall, the Crazy Explosive Primeknit is a very nice hoop shoe in my opinion.

  • 93 / 100 by Seth Fowler • Seth Fowler • Level 4 expert

    Overall, I think the Crazy Explosive 2017 is an excellent basketball sneaker, however, I fon't know if it's that much better than last year's model

  • 93 / 100 by BBallEquips • BBallEquips • Level 4 expert

    Even if we compare the Crazy Explosive 2017 to models of this season, it is still one of the top picks.

  • 100 / 100 by WearTesters • Nate Levell Greer • Level 3 expert

    It’s number one in my rotation and I’m pretty sure it will be in many of yours as well.

  • 90 / 100 by MR FOAMER SIMPSON • MR FOAMER SIMPSON • Level 3 expert

    I actually think last year's model is a little bit better.

  • 92 / 100 by PureKicks • Flo Damptey • Level 2 expert

    This shoe is crazy comfortable and it performs really well on foot.

  • 97 / 100 by SpinPh • SpinPh • Level 1 expert

    The adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 is a home run.

  • 94 / 100 by Kickspotting • Enzo • Level 1 expert

    It took the best features from last year’s model and improved it even more.

  • 94 / 100 by Kickspotting • Enzo • Level 1 expert

    It took the best features from last year’s model and improved it even more.

  • 90 / 100 by SlamOnlinePh • Polo Bustamante • Level 1 expert

    It’s a great set-up because any kind of player, from bruising big men to athletic wings will find what they need in the cushioning.

  • 90 / 100 by 6IX Reviews • 6IX Reviews • Level 1 expert

    It is a great basketball shoe.

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Profile of Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit

Adidas does a great job of living up to the Crazy Explosive name. They were able to improve a platform that already works. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit made minor tweaks to the 2016 formula and the result is a better performing sneaker.

The forged Primeknit upper provides adaptive support and ultralight comfort. The shoes also feature an anatomical lacing system that reduces pressure on the foot, mesh inserts for added airflow, and Boost that helps harness your raw energy.


Cushion. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 PK features full-length Boost cushioning that provides enhanced comfort, responsiveness, energy return, impact protection, and court feel.

The midsole is wrapped by a lateral TPU roll cage for stability and supported by an infinity shank plate that acts like a spring. This setup provides added energy return for heightened control when taking off to the basket.

Traction. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit has a grippy rubber outsole with a Coral-inspired traction pattern. The traction delivers commanding grip specifically designed for light footwork and explosive gameplay. This also allows 360-degree grip on all court types and conditions.


Length and Width. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit fits true to size however it runs a little narrow. Wide-footers are advised going up half a size.

Lockdown. The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit features a one-piece bootie upper, internal heel counter, and an anatomical lace system. The sock-like fit of the bootie, support of the heel counter, and a fifth eyelet keep the heel in place. The wide lacing system wraps the entire foot and allows a more secure hold.


The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit features a forged TPU yarn construction.This new forged Primeknit creates an elevated wave pattern across the upper, and it adds lightweight durability while maintaining flexibility.

This build provides optimal stability for sharp moves while staying ultralight for quickness.


The high-cut design of the sock-like ankle collar provides an adaptive fit without restricting ankle movement. This also completes the silhouette of the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 PK.

This highly anticipated shoe has generated a lot of buzz thanks to its aggressive design, full-length Boost cushioning, and high-arching sock-like collar. There are several colorways to look out for, including a few player editions headlined by Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks.

Special Colorways of the Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit

The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit comes in mostly monochromatic hues. A few player edition colorways for the brand’s top stars were also sold by selected retailers.

  • Black/Gold/Scarlet
  • Black/Green Metallic/Utility Black
  • Black/Grey/Navy Andrew Wiggins PE
  • Blue/Orange Kristaps Porzingis PE
  • Capital Blue/Running White/Dark Navy Andrew Wiggins PE
  • Clear White/Collegiate Royal
  • Grey/Eqt Yellow
  • Grey Two/Hi-Res Green/Dark Navy
  • Shock Pink/White
  • Trace Khaki
  • Triple Grey
  • White
  • White/Blue/Light Grey Kristaps Prozingis PE
  • White/Collegiate Royal/Clear Onix

Adidas SM Crazy Explosive 2017 Primeknit Las Vegas

To kick off their summer championships in Las Vegas, Adidas launched a casino-themed Crazy Explosive. This carpet-inspired sneaker features a multicolored upper with gold accents. Completing the Vegas theme are card deck queens that are visible on each outsole.