Facts

  • Top

    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.

  • 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
    $150
  • Weight
    17.5oz

    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.

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Summary

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

11 reasons to buy

  • The majority of 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.
  • These Adidas basketball shoes have good ankle support, many reported.
  • Some mention 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 report that some eyelets broke after a few months.
  • The shoe’s fit get mixed reviews. Some say the shoes run small and narrow, while others say they run large and wide.
  • A good number of users observe that the outsole started to peel off just after a few weeks.
  • A handful of wearers experience some heel slippage during play.
  • Most testers mention that these Adidas basketball shoes look ugly.
  • A few complain 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

Expert Reviews

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96 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | WearTesters

    This is adidas’ Hyperdunk — only way better.

  • 100 / 100 | JAHRONMON

    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.

  • 100 / 100 | WearTesters

    This is adidas’ Hyperdunk — only way better.

  • 100 / 100 | WearTesters

    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.

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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.

Special Colorways of the Adidas Crazy Explosive Primeknit

Listed below are just some of the colorways of these Adidas basketball shoes:

  • Black
  • Black/Bright Blue/Pink Swaggy P PE
  • Collegiate Navy/Medium Grey/Green Andrew Wiggins PE ‘Away’
  • Core Black/Gold Metallic/Grey ‘Gauntlet’
  • Evergreen/Cloud White/Collegiate Green
  • ‘Heather Grey’
  • Running White/Running White Swaggy P PE
  • Solid Red/Scarlet/Core Black
  • White/Collegiate Navy/Mgh Solid Grey Andrew Wiggins ‘Home’