The Adidas Crazy 8, a sneaker with a rich history in basketball culture, is set to make a triumphant return in its 1998 All-Star Game rendition, a colorway that carries with it the legacy of Kobe Bryant. This iconic sneaker, originally released as part of Bryant's signature line with Adidas and known then as the KB8, is revered for its classic design and its connection to a pivotal moment in NBA history – the 1998 All-Star Game, where a young Kobe Bryant faced off against Michael Jordan.
This 2024 reissue of the Adidas Crazy 8 1998 All-Star Game pays meticulous attention to recreating the original's essence with some subtle yet significant updates. The sneaker features a robust construction of black tumbled leather, complemented by sleek black patent leather and breathable mesh. This combination not only offers durability but also provides a timeless aesthetic appeal.
The colorway is a direct homage to Bryant's tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, with purple and gold accents prominently featured. These classic Lakers colors are tastefully incorporated on the adidas branding at the tongue, the collar, and the heel, celebrating the legacy of both the player and the team.
In a nod to the historic year, "98" is embroidered on the toe, replacing the original "8" that referenced Bryant's jersey number. This detail is a thoughtful recognition of the specific All-Star Game that the sneaker commemorates. Another update includes the pull tabs on the tongue and heel, now designed in black and silver with 3M accents, providing a contemporary twist to the original gold and purple tabs.
The design has a supportive black and white foam midsole incorporating EVA cushioning for comfort and performance. The sneaker is anchored by a striking black and purple rubber outsole, ensuring a strong grip and completing the look of this iconic silhouette.
Slated for release on Adidas.com on February 1st, 2024, — and select retailers on February 15 — the Adidas Crazy 8 "1998 All-Star Game" is more than just a sneaker; it's a piece of basketball history. It's a tribute to one of the game's greatest players and a reminder of a legendary on-court duel.
Pairs will be released at the retailers listed in our "Buy Now" drop-down menu at the top of the page; pairs will be released in both adult and grade school sizing.