Reviews from around the internet
Video reviews and unboxing
First known as the Kobe 8 II and now retroed as the Crazy II, this shoe was second in Kobe Bryant’s signature line with Adidas. Still inspired by the Feet You Wear Technology, the shoe comes with the traditional herringbone traction pattern, the usual EVA midsole, and the wavy-looking upper that is similar to the popular Kobe 8.
Cushion. The shoe is inspired by the Feet You Wear technology, which makes shoes more in correspondence with the natural contours of the foot.
Models that are released recently by Adidas see changes in the shoe’s form and material. And what the shoe lacks in flexibility is made up for by its durability.
The midsole goes past the sole and forms a cage that is common to the Feet You Wear line. It provides ample support to the foot, avoiding ankle rolls. A removable Ortholite insole ensures step-in comfort.
Traction. Instead of being segmented into three main pods, the outsoles of the recent releases come in just one piece, with several bulges to give that anatomical form. The shoe uses a flat yet thick herringbone pattern, while concentric patterns are underneath the balls of the feet.
Length and Width. The shoe runs small. If planning to purchase, try the shoe out first in your local shoe stores because majority of the users comment that they had to go half a size up.
Lockdown. The Adidas KB8 II’s main highlight is its fit. The form of the midsole is meant to clamp the foot down, ensuring a steady stance. Further ensuring a good lockdown is the shoe’s lacing system.
The Crazy II’s upper is flexible and supportive. It is made of a mix of lightweight synthetics, mesh, and multiple molded layers. The tongue also uses mesh for breathability. The midsole is an injected EVA rubber. A thermoplastic arch support called the Torsion system is embedded into the midsole to decrease unnecessary flexing of the foot. The outsole is a stiff rubber compound that is fit for outdoor and rough surfaces.
Adidas Crazy II’s equally crazy shape is inspired by the Feet You Wear line that was popular in the 90’s. The wavy sides and the rounded midsole are meant to mimic the natural form of the foot. The shoe is accented by wavy lines. A feature that makes this shoe unique is the see-through window in its lateral side.
The Adidas Equipment logo is embossed on the tongue, the shoe’s lateral ankle cuff, and the tip of the toe box. Three synthetic stripes are stitched onto the lateral side of the shoe.
First known as the Kobe 8 II, the Crazy II is the second shoe in Kobe Bryant’s Adidas line. It was seen by many as an improvement from the first shoe. However, due to the 7-month lockout happening within the NBA during the 1998-99 season, the shoe did not garner much attention.