adidas Basketball & Sneaker News Discuss The Crazy Light 2
SN: Style is as important as function, and basketball shoes have become a lot more popular these days – almost like a renaissance of the 90′s. How do you find balance between form and function for such a high-tech looking shoe like the Crazy Light 2?
RF: The Crazy Light 2 is laser-focused on “achieving the benefit”. The way I see it, trends come and go, but winning’s always cool! The Crazy Light 2 is different for me than when I do an adiRose, because when I sit down and do a Rose, I have to really make sure that it’s a tastemaker – having the right inspiration. For this one, I just know that “winning’s always cool” with the Crazy Light 2 being the lightest basketball shoe in the world.
SN: So what carried over from the Crazy Light 1? Seems like the best way to go about it would be to build upon rather than start from scratch.
RF: I purposely carried on the three stripes on the ankle, because the fastest things are on the back, and also by freezing them in that spot, it gives it the identity – just look at the Stan Smith and once you see the perforated stripes, you know instantly that it’s a Stan Smith. I feel with the the Crazy Light, it’s so iconic and once its there, its there, so I can stop focusing on that and start focusing on innovation and improvements in other areas.
SN: One of the bigger stories coming out of the NCAA Tournament, especially in sneaker blogs and circles, was that adidas had some serious representation in the Tournament. Seven of the Sweet Sixteen were rockin’ adidas! What was your reaction to that especially with the Crazy Light 2 so close to a release?
RF: It was big! It’s great when the plan actually works, because really the guys have to get on court and get the job done, and they did – they got deep into the final rounds. For me, with NC State (Fuller’s alma mater), in the Sweet 16, and all the other schools being able to wear the Crazy Light 2 – it was just an absolute dream come true. Last year we kicked off with the shiny blue, so this year we chose to go with Electricity, the ones that Baylor wore during the Tournament. It’s about light, and it’s about color.
Stick with the 70 era adidas SUPERSTARS or adidas PROMODELS. (if you can still find them) THEY ARE THE BEST BASKETBALL SHOES EVER WORN by 90% of the pros & amateurs worldwide!!!! ---End of discussion---
I am a Nike/Jordan fan and have been balling in them exclusively for years. Having said that, I really don't think its fair to pin Rose or Shumpert's injury on adidas footwear. that's going a little too far (I didn't see the entire Baylor or Cincinatti team go down with ankle injuries during the NCAA tourney, and they were all wearing adidas crazy lights). There are plenty of players in Nikes getting foot injuries; it's basketball, its bound to happen. Torn ACLs are more rare in basketball, and so if you really want to point the finger at someone, it should be at David Stern, for this compressed post-lockout schedule. Players like D-Rose (small, explosive, drive inside a lot) are bound to get hurt with no training camp and no rest in between games.
I played in adidas all my life, This most recent injury to Rose is a freak accident; he planted his feet where his knees were at a very acute angle placing a extreme amount of stress at a very specific point causing the tear. I have had zero issues with my pair of 2.5s on court
Why, do you play like drose or some pro athlete for that matter?? Stop comparing yourself with how the pros play just coz you run across the court every now and then theirs tend to be more brutal and can wear down on the body more than anyone else could ever claim on here and with the proper suport could have help with just a little bit to make the injuries less severe
I play 4 or 5 times a week, I play a similar style to that of drose. I never compared to myself to pro athlete nor do I have the same physical abilities, but I can say that I play usually from 2-4 hrs at a time fairly often throughout the week encountering very littles issues with my shoes. I was saying that the amount of force placed on his knee at the angle he planted his foot was most likely too high for it to reasonably handle.
They may be light but they are also TERRIBLY ugly. Why do Adidas find it so hard to make nice looking shoes? I mean some are ok, even hot. But most are just woeful. I think the problem is they restrict themselves too much by having to feature the 3 stripes. Honestly guys, it was a structural support feature, like 1920s equivalent of flywire, but you don't have to have three big stripes on every shoe now. Make them a small logo and just free yourselves from this sillyness.
One thing Rose mistake is signing with Adidas they should shoot the research team of this company how many more good players would go down, last time T'mac now D'rose . I have a crazylight but i never used it why, toe box too wide, mesh doesn't hug the whole feet, heel guard doesn't go along with cushioning. every change of direction, pace & sudden breaks make your whole legs shake. it's so light it lost every protection it should have special if your a explosive, athletic & a high jumper player. i hope rose can get back up & get out of Adidas.
Why doesn't someone do some objective research on how many injured athletes there are and which brand they are with. Jump-stops happen. Injuries happen. Nike is a great brand but quit stroking its D.
@Connoisseur are you talking about the crazy Light 2s? Rose wore his signature Adizero 2.5 with ankle wraps. I think that particular was just bad luck, I saw him took off at mid air and hyperextend and evetually tear his ACL
I like how adidas stole the idea of having a light shoe and nike's marketing strategy. Since when did adidas use their designers to explain their products.
piece of shit shoes....wait isnt derrick rose injured again... Foot?knee?ankle? Pretty sure its the shoes... How many nike atheletes have foot problems? Sucks duncan left the swoosh, but he has foot issues also..... Oh well, im go hoop in my 2k4s eat a dik yall
I can't blame Nike's Jason Petrie making realistic comments on these adidas sneakers that may have caused series of injuries to it's main endorser Derrick Rose. The design itself appears to be flawed and susceptible to ankle and knee twisting. The 'curved profile' on the heel area that supposedly molds the heel is vulnerable to injury when subjected to lateral and explosive movements. Match that with a profile 'grade break' with the outer sole makes it very unstable. Compare that with Nike basketball sneakers wherein its profile is tapering CONTINUOUSLY from the ankle/heel area all the way to the outer sole making it very stable and keeps your feet planted. Jason has the point.
Nike has pretty much the same profile, over the last couple of years, Ricky Rubio, Jeremy Lin, Steph Curry, Blake Griffin, Greg Oden, Brandon Roy. You can get hurt, and even end your career early in any shoes.
Sounds like you read a couple articles and put some big words together trying to make a believable argument to your wisdom. Oh and add the name "connoisseur" as your name, everyone should believe you then.
adidas might be shit but he's just such a douche to say that kinda thing at a very sensitive time. True winners don't talk shit about others. From the way he looks and talks in interviews, he seems like a cocky mofo and thinks hes the shit or on tinkers level cuz the lebrons are selling. i mean come on any somewhat-artistic sneakerheads can design a shoe that sells with help from the "hype" and celebs. just look at yeezy and the yeezys...anyways he represented nike and lebron in a pretty bad way.
Is there such a thing as too light? Why don't we ask Adidas top athlete, Derrick Rose? LOL And didn't we just have an article about this EXACT subject last week? Damn SN, I am so tired of you guys rehashing the SAME EXACT THING 3 or 4 times a week. Get some new material.