Adidas will soon introduce Boost with knit for the first time in a hardwood sneaker.
Since launching in 2011, the Adidas Crazylight has led the brand’s non-signature basketball sneaker lines. The 2015 version of the shoe—set for release on July 1—will now do so with more Boost and be the first Adidas basketball sneaker to add Primeknit.
The engineered knitted upper helps with Adidas’ effort to keep the shoe lightweight, but still offers support where needed. The combination of new materials has the 2015 sneaker coming in at 12.2 ounces, the lightest in its class. The knit construction can open the weave for ventilation and stretch easily for comfort and flexibility, while creating a tight fit in areas allows designers to target for support.
Since adding the company’s Boost cushioning technology—a polyurethane foam built from hat-steaming 2,000 individual pea-size capsules—into basketball for the first time in 2014, the 2015 Crazylight Boost will increase the Boost content 13 percent.
The July release will debut in red, yellow, and blue and place the oversized Adidas logo—a la Damian Lillard’s signature—on the back of the shoe, leaving the Primeknit unadorned on the sides.
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