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Adidas Crazy Hustle - Not exactly what I expected

/100 by Aidan Shaw, posted on .
This is a review from one expert, and reflects personal opinions. Learn what 6 other basketball players think of this shoe and see colorways at the Adidas Crazy Hustle main page.

After growing accustomed to the Adidas Crazy Explosive '17 I had the chance to play in the Adidas Crazy Hustle. To be honest I did not think it would be equal at this price point. However, it was far less than what I expected.



Not as "grippy" as the Crazy counterpart that Adidas offers - the Crazy Explosive, this shoe is only average with its traction.

The composition is mostly rubber with herringbone and mixed pattern that does provide the control I like to feel when playing. These shoes were played with on an indoor court and while the traction was more than acceptable, it exposed other flaws with the shoe, namely how they fit.



Immediately upon opening the box for these shoes, I was in awe by the size of the shoe. So much that I had to look at the box and double check it was my size. And further looking inside the shoe to triple check. This shoe is HUGE. 

I can recall when I was a little younger putting on my dad's shoes and that recollection, in this case, is not good.

I think the excess amount of space in this shoe would only satisfy someone with enormous full pledged gigantic feet. Every instant of running around, in my mind I was distracted by how loosely it fit and I had to take them off.  My heel and forefoot just moved too much.



Along with the excess in how this shoe fits, is its clunky feel. I felt a step slower and with my foot constantly going side to side like cargo on a ship, it was distracting.

The sole is where most the weight can be attributed as the footprint seems like 1.5 sizes larger than my size. It is possible that buying this shoe a size smaller may compensate but I would suggest in a store trying on several sizes before checking out.


The midsole and upper are actually made of durable materials that visually make this shoe look like a performance shoe competitor. The rubber mesh comprises most of the shoe with uniform distribution.



Nothing fancy is apparent as far as targeted areas for performance enhancements in the heel or toe. I think this material is superior to most other shoes with the mesh design because the rubber mesh won't tear like the fabric composition of competing shoes.


The Adidas Crazy Hustle and most of the newer Adidas shoes have Boost. By design, the Boost foam is thinner which keeps your foot lower to the ground and otherwise ready for faster movement.

The forefoot of the shoe, especially with the excessive width, felt like it had a minimal cushion when I planted. My forefoot also started to have that burning sensation from sliding around.  I can say it was the cushion or lack thereof because I always play in the same type of socks when trying shoes for the first time.


The Adidas Crazy Hustle is a classic high top performance basketball shoe with a traditional lace design and upper that ends right above the ankle. 



When fully laced my ankle definitely felt locked in to an extent but my heel still slipped.  So I did have the ankle support I depend on. The rest of my foot had "CRAZY" sliding going on.


  • Sufficient support
  • Quality materials


  • Oversized fit
  • Has clunky feel to it

Final thoughts

My overall opinion of the Adidas Crazy Hustle is not that impressive. Someone looking for a shoe with good traction for just shooting around would have no problem with the Adidas Crazy Hustle.

More competitive players or anyone who will put more than 10 hours a week into playtime would probably not be satisfied. In my opinion, this is a recreational shoe and not suitable for extended playtime. 

Aidan Shaw | Level 3 expert Verified
Basketball is part of my daily life. I pretty much hoop 6 days a week, sometimes 7 days. I'm 6'6 so all of my reviews are based on a size 14 shoe, its weight, traction, durability. I play positions 1 through 4, so performance-wise I really put shoes to the test. As of 10/25/2018, my current rotation is between Jordan XX9 Low and Lebron Soldier XII Zoom SFG.

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