Kicks and Colors spotlights the variety of colorways—and the stories that go with—that brands’ unveil in key basketball sneakers.
Sneaker: Crazylight Boost 2.5
Signature athlete: N/A (these designs are considered “player editions”)
Colorway: Marita, North Star and Home Away From Home
Story: The popular Adidas Crazylight Boost 2.5 received three new colorways, all “player editions” for Minnesota star Andrew Wiggins. The Marita is dedicated to Wiggins’ mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, an Olympic medalist for Canada. The silver-to-red gradient upper ties in her silver medals with her country, Canada. The Primeknit threads get accented with silver on the midsole, heel cap, collar and laces. The North Star, in team colors, features a black and blue upper with metallic and silver detailing, a nod to Minnesota. Designed in tribute to Wiggins’ journey from Canada to the NBA, the Home Away From Home has cascading maple leaves from the midsole to a clear outsole with green and blue accents. White and gray Primeknit threads pair with dark blue mesh details and a silver-blue fade heel cap, all in an effort to merge Canada with Minnesota.
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and sneakers for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.