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The Light Em Up 2 of Adidas was released in March 2016. It is a well-cushioned shoe that weighs only 13.75 ounces. Sold for only $80, it is considered a budget shoe under the basketball category. The midsole is packed with Bounce. The outsole has herringbone, which is an approved go-to tread pattern by Adidas.

Cushion. The responsiveness of the shoe comes from the Bounce technology in the midsole. For a budget shoe, this technology is considered a treat. It is a cushion that is designed to absorb impact. It also provides stability and balance to the foot without affecting the player’s speed. The foam is thick in the heel area and thin in the forefoot area, resulting in a good heel-to -toe transition for most athletes.

Traction. The multidirectional herringbone pattern of the Adidas Light Em Up 2 delivers excellent traction. It is soft and pliable, making a good job with court grip and feel. The rubber outsole is designed not to attract dust, making the athlete’s court moves unstoppable.

Length and Width. The Adidas Light Em Up 2 is said to be longer and wider than most shoe models currently in the market. A good number of testers suggest going half a size down to achieve a more comfortable fit. Some users prefer to stick to their size and wear double socks for a snug fit.

Lockdown. The oval laces of the shoe can be adjusted to achieve the desired fit of the user. The wrap-around collar of the shoe secures the ankle well.

The upper of the Adidas Light Em Up 2 is made of engineered mesh. Aside from keeping the feet well-ventilated, the material is soft enough to conform to the shape of the foot. The material is perforated for better ventilation.

The collar has a thick padding to provide moderate ankle support.

The insole for the shoe is quite thin compared to other shoe models. If more cushion is desired, it is recommended to add a sockliner. If court feel is preferred, the existing insole will be fine.

The Adidas Light Em Up 2 is a mid-top shoe with a one-bootie construction. The design of each shoe is asymmetrical to each other. Instead of a typical movable tongue, the midfoot features a wraparound material. The shoelaces are looped in protruding eyelets. They come in different colors. The shoe model also comes in many different colorways.

The famous Adidas stripes are located on the heel counter. The company callout and logo are located on top of the tongue and the lateral side of the shoe.

The Adidas Light Em Up 2 excels both on and off the court with its on-point aesthetics and effective performance features. These Adidas basketball shoes come in the following basic colorways:

  • Black/White/Scarlet
  • Light Onix/Collegiate Navy/Cloud White
  • White/]Black/Onix
  • White/Black/Onix Gray


How Adidas Light Em Up 2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 41% basketball shoes
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Top 35% Adidas basketball shoes
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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.