Something that I find interesting is seeing new models being unveiled by the now numerous brands in the off season. The single moment the new models leak on Instagram it immediately impacts a brands outlook for what to expect in the future. Adidas following suite has released their semi new model the Crazy Explosive that started when boost expanded into other categories. My instant reaction is the direct comparison to NIKE’s Hyperdunk. Allow me to translate the key features that Adidas pushes with the shoe
- The adidas Crazy Explosive 17 introduces Forged Primeknit – a single-piece upper designed with areas of unique dimension that create structured support and reinforced stability in key target zones. In other words, this is the same as Nike’s flyknit with flywire or mega wire on the lace loops.
- That is then paired up with ankle and tongue cushioning for lightweight comfort, and a sock-like collar that ensures natural movement and enhances on-court support.\ This is the same upper that is used in the Hyperdunk. The collar mimics the feeling of a sock. It was not well adopted until most hit the clearance price (which was a matter of a month or 2) because of the high starting point. It will be interesting to see how these fair with the lower starting price point.
With all being said, I think the history of Adidas Basketball has been to catch the shadow of Nike’s latest shoe as the foundation for inspiration. After that they generally touch it up to their appeal but it the NIKE DNA is usually noticeable.
Thank you to Kicks On Fire for the images