With so many kicks on the market, finding the best of the best calls for a little bit more than just strolling into the shoe store with some spare change. To help you isolate the best of the bunch, our Sneaker of the Week is a chance for us to highlight some shoes that you need to add to your rotation. Thanks to some help from our partner Finish Line, we’re calling out the best sneakers on shelves today.
With pro basketball season fully upon us, it’s hard not to think about the action on the hardcourt when you’re running through shelves of sneakers. Naturally, we’re always gunning for our favorite five-man squad to take home the title come June. But don’t get it twisted: once the season begins, basketball players show their allegiances like models on a runway—except they’re showcasing the latest sneaker styles, and the runway is swapped for polished hard wood. While other brands have taken their shots at dominating American basketball, it’s hard to ignore the efforts of German giant adidas. More than just the official jersey outfitters, the Three Stripes have been pumping out prime gametime footwear for plenty of the game’s biggest athletes. The team’s latest—the adidas Crazy Explosive—is just the next chapter on their road to basketball dominance.
Starting from the ground up, the full-length Boost sole means that bounding to basket for rebounds will be a breeze. The TPU wrapped sole gives a tinted touch to the block of Boost, making everything from sprints down court to snappy sharp turns a stylish statement. The Three Stripes’ Coral Power traction pattern on the outsole means that going for that flashy crossover isn’t as risky as your coach wants you to believe, and the hyper lightweight upper leaves you feeling uncontained as you dash back for that game-changing dunk.
But even basketball’s most uniformed fan knows that the pros care about their style as they do their end-of-game stat sheet, and the Crazy Explosive doesn’t disappoint. A variety of colorways mixed with a high top fit and boldly exposed Boost sole means that you won’t just be breaking ankles in the Crazy Explosive—you’ll be breaking necks too. Besides, with plenty of adidas’ pro roster rocking this silhouette in the 2016-2017 season, you can rest assured that you’re rocking some kicks that feature some truly world-class company. Dominating the hardwood or running things courtside—who says you can’t have it all?