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These Crazy New Basketball Shoes Will Be All Over The NBA Next Season

Weird new kicks for Wiggins, Barnes, Shumpert, and Ibaka
by Miguel Escobar | Aug 15, 2016
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Say hello to adidas Basketball's new line of kicks: the Crazy Explosive

We know what you're thinking: They look weird, but, like, in a good way. You could say the same about the adidas Crazy 8s or the Nike Foamposites—and they do in fact seem to have a similar appeal: curves and shapes and textures creeping all over a mid-top basketball sneaker. They're loud, they're different-looking, and in the right colorways, we think they’re an incredible style statement. The three stripes' basketball division hasn’t had a head-turner like this for years.

Jesse Rademacher, design director at adidas says that was the point. “We designed Crazy Explosive to stand out from every other basketball shoe ever released, so when I saw the initial response on social media by fans and media, I knew that we accomplished our goal,” he says. This is especially true for the Solar Red colorway: a bold, in-your-face jab at the Red October trend that Kanye West started with the Nike Air Yeezy 2, before he signed with adidas.

The other coloways don't let up, either: the "Team" pack takes the shoe's Primeknit upper to create a swirly marble-cake effect that makes the Crazy Explosive even trippier, but still somehow vaguely appealing.

But obviously, there’s function behind every aspect of the shoe’s weird form. Like the Crazylight 2016 and the D Rose 7, the Crazy Explosive has a full-length Boost sole. Its upper is almost entirely Primeknit, so the Crazy Explosive is breathable and snug, for the right balance of comfort and lockdown.

While the Crazy Explosive isn’t a signature shoe, adidas has also announced that Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins will be getting a Player Exclusive colorway. Newly-minted Dallas Maverick Harrison Barnes will also be wearing the Crazy Explosive, along with Serge Ibaka, Iman Shumpert, Marcus Smart, and Justise Winslow. So you can definitely expect to see a lot more of these weird sneakers in the coming season.