Facts

Top
Lockdown
Lace-Up
Price
$150
Weight
17.5oz

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

11 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the users give the Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit high overall satisfaction ratings.
  • Almost all users just love the bouncy feel of the full-length Boost cushioning.
  • Step-in comfort is amazing, according to many.
  • The shoes break in easily, several reported.
  • Almost everyone loves the softness of the Primeknit upper.
  • Many wearers noted that the shoes fit true to size.
  • Most reviewers observed that the shoe has excellent traction.
  • The shoes have good ankle support, many reported.
  • Some mentioned that the shoe feels lightweight and is breathable.
  • The sneakers have cool colors, several said.
  • Almost all testers rank the Crazy Explosive Primeknit as one of their Top 5 picks for 2016.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Several reported that some eyelets broke after a few months.
  • The shoe’s fit got mixed reviews. Some say the shoes run small and narrow, while others say they run large and wide.
  • A good number of users observed that the outsole started to peel off just after a few weeks.
  • A handful of wearers experienced some heel slippage during play.
  • Most testers mentioned that the shoes look ugly.
  • A few complained that the top eyelet doesn’t tighten well and the laces come undone.

Bottom line

The Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit has everything one could want in a performance sneaker, and it excels in every category. Unrivalled comfort, almost perfect cushioning, amazing Primeknit upper, glove-like fit, solid traction, and subtle but effective support.

The shoe is suitable for any type of player and position. Whether you’re quick or explosive, the Crazy Explosive has something for everyone.


Rankings

Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit compared to 268 basketball shoes:

Ratings

4.8 / 5 based on 32 ratings

5 star
88%
4 star
9%
3 star
3%
2 star
0%
1 star
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My Rating

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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96 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

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

    This is adidas’ Hyperdunk — only way better.

  • 95 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 5 expert

    These are the best hoop shoes that I have worn ever since I started reviewing sneakers

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

    This is adidas’ Hyperdunk — only way better.

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

    The Crazy Explosive is definitely on the list of top shoes of 2016 (which is coming soon), and to ruin the list, it is top 5.

  • 95 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    So the Crazy Explosive Primeknit was a unique shoe to me. And it’s awesome in pretty much every aspect.

  • 86 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    I think it's one of the best performing Adidas shoes right now and one of the best performing shoes out right now, out of every company.

  • 85 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    Crazy Looking and Crazy Comfortable to wear but I’m not Crazy in Love with the Crazy Explosive

  • 100 / 100 by WearTesters • Jarron Ramos • Level 4 expert

    It may just be novelty bias but this might just be the bust basketball sneaker ever becuase the Crazy Explosive just kills it in every category.

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

    The Crazy Expolsive gets the KickGenius stamp of approval.

  • 98 / 100 by Zak Kerr • Zak Kerr • Level 4 expert

    This shoe is probably the best shoe I have ever played in. No doubt about it.

  • 95 / 100 by Richee Kim • Richee Kim • Level 4 expert

    These shoes are beasts.

  • 100 / 100 by Stanley T • Stanley Tse • Level 3 expert

    The adidas Crazy Explosive is definitely a great shoe and exceeded expectations.

  • 100 / 100 by WearTesters • Stanley Tse • Level 3 expert

    The adidas Crazy Explosive is definitely a great shoe and exceeded expectations.

  • 100 / 100 by JAHRONMON • Jarron • Level 1 expert

    It may just be novelty bias but this might just be the bust basketball sneaker ever becuase the Crazy Explosive just kills it in every category.

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Profile of Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit

The playing style of Timberwolves' rising star Andrew Wiggins was the inspiration for the shoe's design. The shoe features full-length Boost cushioning and a newly designed Power Traction.

Aside from Wiggins, the shoes are also worn on-court by Harrison Barnes, Iman Shumpert, Marcus Smart, and Justice Winslow.

Performance

Cushion. Adidas introduced full-length Boost in the Crazy Explosive Primeknit.  Boost cushioning provides maximum energy return, responsiveness, and comfort.

TPU cages Boost in the heel area, unleashing its capability. An infinity-shaped outsole shank provides stability around the midfoot.

Traction. The Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit has a rubber outsole with a ‘Coral’ Power Traction pattern that is responsive and adjusts with player movement, providing more traction where needed.

Fit

Length and Width. The Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit gets mixed reviews about its size. Buyers are recommended to try the shoes out at a local store before purchasing.

Lockdown. The Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit features a GeoFit bootie that provides a glove-like fit and an anatomical lace system that wraps the entire foot, relieving pressure. It also includes a molded heel lace system that helps with heel lockdown.

Material

The Adidas Crazy Explosive features a full Primeknit upper engineered to provide world-class fit, comfort, and breathability. Primeknit promotes free movement and circulation to keep the foot cool and comfortable. It also includes a GeoFit bootie that enhances breathability and foot stability.

Style

Wrapping the ankle collar is a GeoFit foam that provides support without restricting ankle mobility. Despite its mid-top design, the foam is soft enough to accommodate an ankle brace for added support.

There are several colorways to look out for, including an Andrew Wiggins player exclusive.