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Kobe Bryant’s shoe line with Adidas was short lived, but it was a profitable one nonetheless. Adidas Crazy 1 was Kobe’s first signature shoe, and it was called the “Kobe 1” back in the 2000s. It featured a molded-shell upper, Adiprene midsole, and a herringbone outsole. For the retro-ed releases, however, the cushioning was changed to EVA. The shoe’s look is deemed very futuristic, and it earns the attention of the public for its unique shape.
Cushion. Older versions of the Adidas Crazy 1 used Adiprene to provide cushion. The recent releases now use an EVA midsole. This cushion gives adequate padding while remaining firm for a responsive bounce-back.
Traction. The shoe’s outsole features a non-marking, full-length herringbone pattern; providing that reliable traction on the court. Since it’s made of thick rubber, the shoe can be used outdoors, as well as indoors. For other colorways, however, translucent outsoles are being used and it is best to limit them to indoor use.
Length and Width. The Crazy 1’s run a little wide in the forefoot. If you have narrow feet and don’t mind feeling the toe box, it is suggested that you go half a size smaller.
Lockdown. Rather than being mainly dependent on the shoe’s lacing system, Adidas Crazy 1’s lockdown power is attributed to its heavily padded upper and double foam collar. Making sure that the wearer’s foot will stay in place within the shoe during use. The padded collar along with the stiff heel counter gives ankle support. While the Adidas Torsion System found in the midfoot, also add to the arch support to the foot.
The shoe’s material varies with every release. But most of the colorways feature a semi-stiff vinyl-type synthetic upper that covers the thickly padded insides of the shoe. Additionally, the shoe’s insides are lined with mesh fabric. The midsole is solely made out of injected EVA cushioning. For the heel counter and the Adidas Torsion System, a sturdy plastic is used to give that needed foot support.
The Adidas Crazy 1’s has more than 10 colorways since its release in 2000. Popularly, many refer to it as the “space cleats”. Its unique physical appearance, however, was actually inspired by the German automobile, the Audi TT Roadster.
On the sides of the shoe, the signature adidas stripes are embossed; complementing the clean lines of the silhouette. On the tongue of the shoe, is an adidas callout and logo. The shoe is great for casual wear as its clean colors are easy to pair clothes with.