Kobe Bryant entered the league in the season of ‘96, although he truly stepped into the limelight during the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, OH. He was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets but was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would begin an incredible 20-year career with the franchise. That same year, Kobe would become the youngest player to debut in the NBA – the first accolade on a list that would soon grow to be one of the best in the sport’s history.
The Crazy 97 EQT 1997 “All-Star” releases in the official colours of the 1997 All-Star game, 25 years after Kobe’s famous Dunk Contest victory during that iconic weekend. The signature Three-Stripe marking is found on the side walls in different patterns on the lateral vs medial side, while zig-zag detailing is added to the midsole. The “1997” text on the tongue pull-tab and an All-Star pattern of Feet You Wear (FYW) logos on the heel add a special touch to this nostalgic retro.
The “Stormtrooper” was the first signature shoe by Kobe Bryant during his time with adidas. Designed by Eirik Lund Nielsen, the shoe strives to represent a new era in design. Inspired by the Audi TT, the shoes are like nothing else on the market. A sleek white, black and grey are the commanding colours on the sneakers. They feature signature moulded uppers and the coveted three stripes are found on the sidewalls.
Re-released back in 2017, the adidas Crazy 97 remains a good performance shoe and still proves true on-court 20 years after its debut. Despite its bulky look and feel, it keeps one’s feet low to the ground for on-court comfort. The grooves on the upper make the foot flex naturally while the rounded edges ensure ankle stability thereby reducing the likelihood of foot injuries. Down below, the sneaker features a solid, durable rubber outsole that is segmented into three rounded, protruding sections that provided unmatched traction. The upper is constructed from a mix of materials ranging from high-quality synthetic leather as well as a combination of patent leather and nylon fabric on the lateral side and tongue. Holographic adidas logos in Los Angeles Lakers’ colours can be found on the tongue and on the lateral side of the shoe while the signature Three Stripes can be seen on the lateral side of the shoe with a more subtle one on the medial side. Finishing off the look is the adidas Equipment logo appearing on the pull tab of the tongue as well as on the tip of the forefoot.
All three sneakers release FCFS online and in-store, Friday 22nd July at 10am.
- adidas Crazy 97 “Matte Silver” – GY9125 – UK7.5 to UK11.5 – AED599
- adidas Crazy 97 “White/Black” – GX9658 – UK7.5 to UK11.5 – AED599
- adidas Crazy 1 “White/Black” – GY3810 – UK8 to UK11.5 – AED649