adidas Men’s Crazy Explosive 2017 Basketball Shoe

Last updated: December 10, 2019

adidas Men’s Crazy Explosive 2017 Basketball Shoe

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We looked at the top Men's Basketball Shoe and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Basketball Shoe you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 46 expert reviews, the adidas Men's Crazy Explosive 2017 Basketball Shoe placed 11th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Designed for the bigger, better, faster, and stronger, you wouldn’t want to be caught dead without your adidas® Crazy Explosive 2017. Dual mesh and synthetic upper provide a comfortable and breathable environment. Lace-up construction. High-top silhouette provides optimal ankle support. Brand hits throughout including the iconic, welded, three-strip logo. Classic boost cushioning allows for optimal comfort and energy return for a top-notch performance on the court. Rubber outsole provides durable traction to prevent slipping. Imported. Measurements: Weight: 1 lb 2 oz Shaft: 4 1⁄2 in Product measurements were taken using size 12, width D – Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size. Weight of footwear is based on a single item, not a pair.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

Overall fit is amazing, according to most. There are no empty spaces in the shoe.
These shoes come in 11 fashion-forward colors that match almost any team jersey. The lacing system has been updated to reduce pressure on laces and eliminate breakage.
Again, exactly the same outsole so as the performance. You should be completely covered on whatever court you‘re playing – grip all day babe.
The Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 features Full-Length Boost just like the year before. Like we have previously mentioned, even if there is a cage, the Boost’s benefits can be fully felt.

What experts didn't like

A good number of buyers find the shoes a little stiff and hard to put on.
With this narrow construction and stiff Fused Mesh upper, your foot just simply don‘t have any other choice to just stay in one place.
Once again, the outsole of the Crazy Explosive 2017 is not durable and will not be recommended for outdoors at all.

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

Overview

Using the right tool for the job always helps us do the job better and more efficiently. In the case of playing a sport like basketball, the shoes are the tool and the same philosophy applies. If you have the right shoes for the sport you’re playing and, even more specifically, the right shoe for your body and the position you play, you will be set up well to have healthier feet and the proper mobility to play well. The technology behind basketball shoes has grown tremendously over the past couple of decades and now you can find shoes that not only look cool but fit you and your style of play perfectly.

Basketball shoes can come with high-reaching uppers that lace all the way up to the lower part of the ankle. This style of high-top basketball shoe is less common than it used to be because it limits the mobility of your ankle which can hinder players who are quick and agile like a point guard. However, this high-top basketball shoe is usually ideal for a center or large power-forward who needs the added stability for when he steps on another player’s foot, or even when he does a simple lateral cut but with a lot more bodyweight than most guards. The extra lacing and height of this shoe will keep your ankles healthy so you can keep playing and continuing to grow in other areas instead of constantly nursing twisted or sprained ankles.

“The benefits of purchasing basketball shoes are increased support and stability on the court,” says expert  Stephanie Mansour, a personal trainer. “Basketball shoes are designed for maximum cushion, mobility and ankle support since there’s many forward/backward/side-to-side motions and jumping in basketball.”

A lower shoe offers more ankle mobility and caters nicely to a more agile player in either of the guard positions. The lack of ankle support from the shoe is less of an issue in these players and you can see by watching basketball on TV that it’s now common practice for a lot of players to opt for these lower-topped shoes. If a player is mostly on the wing and does a lot of lateral back-and-forth movements, then a shoe somewhere in the middle might be best so it gives some ankle support but still allows a lot of mobility for the quicker movements.

In addition to the height of the shoe, there are some important parts of the sole to focus on when you’re shopping around. A cushioned mid-sole of the shoe, which is the area around the center of the foot where the arch is, is helpful to players that are doing a lot of jumping. Every time you land a jump, you have a significant force compressing down on the bottoms of your feet. With proper cushioning and arch support, this wear-and-tear from jumping so much will be less noticeable as your shoe is doing a lot of work to absorb that shock before it goes into your feet and knees.

The outsole on a basketball shoe is also an important factor when looking at the overall effectiveness of a shoe. The outsole refers to the hard rubber at the bottom of the shoe and you will want to look at how wide the forefoot is, as the width of these can vary a lot from one brand to another. A wider toe box lets your toes naturally splay out a little bit and gives you a better sense of balance and stability. This helps with general stability of your foot and lets you avoid rolling the front of your foot over, eventually leading to another ankle issue. Having too much room in this wide part of the shoe can also be something to watch out for since you want your foot to be held snugly in place without sliding back and forth inside the shoe.

It’s important to get the right shoe for yourself so you can focus on training and improving other parts of your game. A proper pair of shoes can help you be quicker and healthier or have a more stable footing so you can ultimately have the confidence to play at your highest level.

“If the shoes are more comfortable, you might be able to play longer and even move better because you’ve got the right support,” says Mansour.

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