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First Impression: adidas Crazy 8

adidas continues to impress with high quality products with retail prices set well below to competition.




Traction – Herringbone, enough said. Seriously though, herringbone isn’t always perfect as far as implementation goes. So, we will have to wait and see if these do well on-court… if not, there is always Court Grip… right? Stay tuned for that btw.



Cushion – adidas uses their EVA midsole, just as they did when these originally released and as they continue to do with most of their current performance products. The Torision System, while I’m still not too familiar with it, seems to hold up well from what I’ve experienced thus far.  I still feel the need to research the tech a bit more in order to fully understand what its function is so I can properly critique it, if needed.

They have placed the same PU insole inside the shoe, previously seen in the adiZero Rose 2.

Material – Quality, straight up. For $99.99, adidas could easily justify using cheaper materials, yet they don’t. They could also increase the price on their products due to them being made overseas, you know… with the “increased cost of oil” and all as some other bigger name brands have done. Another note, these retailed originally for $99.99 back in ’98 and today they will run you… wait for it… $99.99! Go ahead; they deserve a round of applause.

I will say this though, there is going to be very little, if any, ventilation with the Crazy 8. This is typical for a ‘90s shoe so I expected it.


Fit – So far they fit decent. I couldn’t get the collar to lockdown perfectly when trying them on but I will play in them that way first and if it doesn’t end up working out I will try something to make them work… overall, I’m not worried about the fit at all after putting them on.



That’s pretty much it for the First Impression. I have to review quite a few products right now so please be patient with me and I will get them all reviewed as soon as possible.

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