Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Due to its solid rubber outsole that many say will last a long time, many users consider the Adidas Crazy Team 2017 a good outdoor shoe.
  • Similar to James Harden’s 3rd signature sneaker, these Adidas shoes have great traction regardless of the court’s condition according to most users.
  • Many say that the responsive midsole also provides great impact protection.
  • Majority of the reviewers do not experience any heel slippage because of the shoe’s secure lockdown.
  • One tester mentions that the fifth lace hole is helpful in clasping the midfoot.
  • Majority of the buyers comment that the Crazy Team 2017 is very budget friendly.
  • Some testers appreciate how the adiPRENE+ cushion molds to the shape of the foot after just a few wears.
  • One reviewer likes how the midsole extends up to half of his heel, providing a supportive ankle base.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One of the testers mentions that the outsole’s tendency to collect dust is an issue for him. He had to do a light wipe every so often.
  • Some users notice that these Adidas basketball shoes are difficult to put on.
  • Most of the testers remark that the shoe's material does not feel premium, and that they’ve seen better-looking budget shoes.
  • Some say that the mesh upper does not feel very durable.

Bottom line

The Crazy Team 2017 is an imperfect offering from the basketball division of the Three Stripes. However, what the Adidas Crazy Team 2017 lacks in looks and materials are made up for by its consistent traction, responsive cushioning, and bang-for-your-buck price.

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Good to know

The Adidas Crazy Team 2017 is a budget shoe model that features a wave herringbone traction pattern, an adiPRENE+ midsole, and a mix of mesh and synthetic leather in the upper. Although the shoe goes crazy cheap, this shoe gets the job done and is a great option for outdoor basketball.

Cushion. The Adidas Crazy Team 2017 has a full-length adiPRENE+ in the midsole. This technology is basically a responsive rubber that caters to the needs of the moving foot, especially during take-off. The cushion gives a slight bounce and protects the foot during impact. The shoe also features a wide outrigger that provides a stable base to move in.

Traction. The shoe uses a multidirectional wave herringbone pattern on the outsole. The pattern alternates thin and thick wavy lines. Dust may get clogged in between the thin lines; however, a light wipe is all you need to reactivate the grip. Since the outsole is made of solid rubber, it’s OK to use the shoe outdoors.

Length and Width. The Crazy Team 2017 runs long. It is advised to go half to a full size lower in order to achieve a snug fit. However, it is best to fit the shoe personally in your local store before purchasing.

Lockdown. Given the right size, the shoe’s mesh upper provides a tight fit and conforms to the foot after a few wears. A peak on the lateral side of the midsole gives support to the foot and clamps it down when the laces are tightened.

The shoe has a full-length lacing system that helps lock the foot in place. The padded tongue ensures comfort during lockdown. One of the lace loops extends to the center of the tongue and tightens the fit on the midfoot. Additionally, the midsole cups up to half of the user’s heel in order to give support to the foot.

Adidas Crazy Team 2017 uses a combination of mesh fabric and synthetic leather overlays. The mesh is soft and pliable, and it conforms to the shape of the foot. It also provides breathability and flexibility. The rigid leather, on the other hand, is placed in high-wear areas of the shoe such as the toe cap and the side panels.

On the heel is an internal TPU counter that keeps the foot from slipping out of the adiPRENE+ midsole. Lastly, the shoe has an outsole that is made of solid and durable rubber.

The  Crazy Team 2017’s contrasting textures of the mesh and leather give the shoe a balanced look, while the striking leather detail on the side panels bring character to the shoe’s upper.

The three-stripe branding can be found on the lateral side of the forefoot, whereas the Adidas Equipment logo is on the outsole and the tongue’s pull-tab.

The Crazy Team 2017 is available in the following color combinations:

  • Black/Blue-Grey
  • Core Black/Running White Ftw/Core Black
  • Footwear White/Mgh Solid Grey/Mystery Blue
  • Mgh Solid Grey/Core Black/Footwear White
  • Scarlet/Black-White
  • White/Core Black-Solid Grey

Adidas Consortium Crazy Team ‘Day One’ Pack

Adidas Consortium released two colorways of the Crazy Team 2017 as part of their ‘Day One’ collection. Constructed of luxury materials, the Adidas Consortium Crazy Team ‘Day One’ Pack arrives in Black/White and Brown/Black-White.


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