Verdict from 3 experts and 70 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Some reviewers say that the shoe has nice traction on outdoor courts, and they are happy about it. Its rubber is as sturdy as the ones used on the soles of the LeBron James 16th basketball shoes.
  • Even with the bulky look, most wearers still feel that the Adidas Crazy II, or also known as the KB8 II, runs fluid.
  • Most of the buyers are impressed with the shoe's quality.
  • Some users like how the shoe looks with its unique shape.
  • Due to the KB8 II’s molded tongue and internal padding, the shoe is said to be incredibly supportive and comfortable.
  • The shoe’s fit is said to be the highlight of the shoe as the Crazy II is snug and the midsole does its job in clamping down the foot.
  • For the price of $125, buyers feel that the shoe is a bang for the buck.
  • Majority of the reviewers are happy that the shoe features the Feet You Wear form.
  • Although the Crazy II looks bulky, most players who used the shoe agree that it doesn’t really feel that way and that the transition is actually pretty smooth.
  • Many users feel that foot stability was a priority when these athletic shoes from Adidas was designed.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers experience that the shoe’s traction does not work well on wet or indoor courts.
  • The shoes run small, says many of the purchasers of the basketball shoes of the Black Mamba.
  • Many buyers who have tried playing with the original KB8 II like the old model better. One is disappointed about the changes Adidas made to the shoe, saying that the material looks cheap and that the shoe doesn't feel the same.
  • Most of the reviewers say that although the shoe uses mesh on its upper, ventilation is still minimal. The 2018 Kobe AD from Nike wins the breathability contest against the Crazy II.

Bottom line

Except for its inconsistent traction, all the Crazy II’s other aspects prove true on-court. The shoe’s cushion sits low and comfortable, the upper is supportive and flexible, and the fit hugs the foot tightly and securely locks the foot down.

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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.

How Crazy II compares

This shoe: 79
All shoes average: 82
55 95
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £130
£40 £470
This shoe: 400g
All shoes average: 393g
256g 812g
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.