Before the Achilles injury, before the five championships, before the public spat with Shaq Fu, there was “Airballin” Kobe Bean Bryant and his first signature shoe with sdidas, the Crazy 8. With a decent amount of success, adidas did the smart thing and brought the shoe back in both OG colorways and a few player exclusives. The newest release is an exclusive for the Brooklyn Nets, and unlike that so-simple-it-looks-fake logo of theirs, the team shoe is remarkably well executed.
“Designed to pay homage to the Nets and Brooklyn, the black and white colorway features a map of the subway lines that surround Barclays Center on the sockliner and “Brooklyn” stitched into the ankle. Brooklyn Nets logos are displayed on the tongue and the heel while the herringbone pattern on the upper and laces replicates Barclays Center’s unique court pattern.
The shoe’s toe is done up in a patent leather and the upper features a premium suede for a bold off-court style while Pure Motion technology adds traction and stability in the foot for better feel during quick on-court moves.”
From an aesthetic standpoint, the ‘Brooklyn’ Crazy 8 has it all. A good backdrop on a classic retro shoe with simple colors and just the right amount of pizzazz, word to Action Bronson. The real story here is that herringbone though. The pattern is the most utilitarian for the soles of basketball shoes, and expanding its role onto a shoe’s upper is a step in the right direction from a style standpoint.
The adidas Crazy 8 ‘Brooklyn’ edition drops December 6th at Foot Locker and Finish Line. You can expect these to sell out pretty quick, considering the Nets have arguably the best colors in the league. It’s just too bad half the roster looks like an urgent care waiting room right about now.