Who should buy the Adidas Crazy 97

Used to be called the Adidas EQT Elevation, Adidas Crazy 97 was first worn on court in a 1997 Slam Dunk Contest by Kobe Bryant who was fresh out of high school. You’d be interested in this pair if:

  • You’re a fan of the Feet You Wear technology and Kobe Bryant.
  • You’re looking for a durable and stable pair that’s best for outdoor basketball.

Adidas Crazy 97 logo

Re-released in 2017, its performance still proves true on court even 20 years after its debut.

Innovative midsole technology

The Adidas Crazy 97 has very light yet comfortable cushioning. The shoe is inspired by the Feet You Wear technology. Although Adidas no longer has the license to use it, the Crazy 97 is still able to retain its midsole shape.

Adidas Crazy 97 mid sole

Despite the bulky look of the shoe, it keeps the foot low to the ground to give an excellent court feel. The grooves on the shoe make the foot flex naturally; and the rounded edges also bring about stability to the ankle, reducing foot injuries.

Patterned, durable outsole

The shoe’s outsole is segmented into three rounded, protruding sections. Not including the midfoot arch support, the double herringbone pattern is molded all over the pods.

Adidas Crazy 97 outsole

The outsole uses a solid, durable rubber, so it is very safe to use in both outdoors or indoors, clean or dusty surfaces. For added traction, the forefoot pattern also extends to the sides of the midfoot.

Solid lockdown

The shoe features a cage-like midsole that extends to the upper. When the laces are tightened, the midsole clamps the foot down, ensuring a solid lockdown.

Adidas Crazy 97 lockdown

High-quality materials

Adidas Crazy 97 uses a mix of materials for its upper–high-quality synthetic leather in the main areas of the upper, and a combination of patent leather and nylon fabric on the lateral side and tongue.

Adidas Crazy 97 material

The shoe uses molded EVA foam in its midsole and a durable non-marking solid rubber on the outsole.

Bold colorful style of the Crazy 97

Striking colors and bold zigzag lines are the first things to get noticed on the Adidas Crazy 97. The shoe has come in different colorways since its release; however, the most famous colorway is the Lakers-inspired Purple and Black colorway which Kobe Bryant wore to the 1997 Dunk Contest in Philadelphia.

Adidas Crazy 97 color

Holographic magic

From the top, the laces are tucked into the tongue area, so as not to take away from the shoe’s flashy design.

Adidas Crazy 97 tongue

Holographic logos that interchange with the number 8–the jersey number that Kobe Bryant played in when he was playing for Lakers–and the Adidas Equipment logo can be found on the tongue and on the lateral side of the shoe.

Adidas Trademark

The signature three stripes can also be seen on the lateral side of the shoe, and a more subtle one is on the medial side. The Adidas Equipment logo can also be found on the pull tab of the tongue and on the tip of the forefoot.

Adidas Crazy 97 alogo

Facts / Specs

Weight: 12.7oz
Top: Mid
Signature: Kobe Bryant
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Adidas Crazy
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Grey / Black / Red / Green / Orange / Purple

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