Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Nearly all buyers recommend the Adidas Explosive Bounce.
  • The shoes are really comfortable to play in, many wearers say.
  • The fit is nearly perfect according to many wearers.
  • A good number of reviewers say that these Adidas shoes have great traction. Like the first Kobe Protro, very minimal wiping is required on dusty courts.
  • Several users really love the feel of Bounce on their feet. This is the same cushioning technolgy featured in the Adidas Dame 5.
  • Some note that the shoes provide good ankle support and secure the foot pretty well.
  • These Adidas basketball shoes look nice and feel light according to a few.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester say that the Explosive Bounce has minimal midfoot support. He does not recommend the shoes for people suffering from plantar fasciitis.
  • One user says that these Adidas shoes are heavy and uncomfortable. Said user suffers from blisters after every practice.
  • These really look like team shoes, a handful remark.

Bottom line

Despite its plain appearance, the Adidas Explosive Bounce is an excellent basketball shoe that suits all types of players. Great cushioning, traction, fit, and support; the Explosive Bounce performs really well without any hype.

For those looking for an affordable hoop shoe and love Bounce cushioning, the Explosive Bounce is the perfect fit.

Tip: see the best basketball shoes.

Good to know

Explode to the basket with the Adidas Explosive Bounce. The shoes feature a breathable mesh upper and molded heel piece that keep the foot stable while driving and cutting to the hoop. The energy return of Bounce cushioning helps you push the pace while the clock winds down.

Cushion. Featuring full-length Bounce cushioning, which is one of Adidas’ versatile foams, the Adidas Explosive Bounce brings all-day energized comfort to any sport.

Bounce provides enhanced comfort and flexibility. It offers a good balance between impact protection and court feel.

At the midfoot, Bounce cushioning is raised for torsional support. This setup provides a seamless heel-to-toe transition.

Traction. A very organic coral-like traction pattern covers the Explosive Bounce’s rubber outsole. The rubber is non-marking, and the traction pattern is soft and pliable; ensuring excellent grip on the hardwood.

Length and Width. The Adidas Explosive Bounce runs a bit long. Wide-footers can stay true to size; narrow and normal footers may need to go down half a size. It is still best to try them out before purchase.

Lockdown. The Adidas Explosive Bounce’s lacing setup is similar to the Crazy Explosive’s. They have similarly positioned eyelets: three at the midfoot, and two at the top of the TPU heel wrap.

The three midfoot eyelets are anchored to the base of the shoe; keeping the foot contained during sharp cuts and lateral movements.

A molded heel piece wraps around the ankle; pulling it back and locking it in place.

Adidas utilizes a mesh upper for the Explosive Bounce. This material is soft and flexible, providing maximum breathability and a comfortable fit. The shoe’s lacing system is also reinforced by TPU for added durability.

Even with a mid-top design, the ankle collar of the Adidas Explosive Bounce is flexible enough to allow a full range of motion. Ankle support and stability is maintained by the shoe’s sturdy heel counter.

This team model is available in several team-inspired hues.

  • Black/ Metallic Silver/White
  • Black/White/Capital Blue
  • Black/White/Scarlet
  • Capital Blue-Sld/Silver Metallic
  • Collegiate Navy/Metallic Silver/Blue Night
  • Collegiate Royal/Metallic Silver/Blue
  • Core Black/Night Metallic/Utility Black
  • Core Black/Silver Metallic/Grey Five
  • Dark Navy/Silver Metallic
  • Grey/Blue
  • FTWR White/Silver Metallic/LGH Solid Grey
  • Scarlet/Metallic Silver/Core Red


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.