adidas Crazy 1 ‘Sunshine’

adidas Crazy 1 ‘Sunshine’

adidas Crazy 1 'Sunshine' (1)

words // Brandon Richard

A throwback to 2001, adidas has brought back the ‘Sunshine’ Crazy 1, inspired by sunny Los Angeles weather.

Formerly known as the Kobe, the Crazy 1 was the signature shoe of Kobe Bryant and featured a design inspired by the Audi TT car. This pair features a bright yellow molded synthetic upper with contrasting black details.

You can pick up a pair of these retro adidas basketball shoes for $125 here today.

Available: adidas Crazy 1 ‘Sunshine’

adidas Crazy 1 'Sunshine' (3)

adidas Crazy 1 'Sunshine' (4)

adidas Crazy 1 'Sunshine' (2)

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Spring Sports 2001

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Spring Sports 2001

words // Brandon Richard

Following a 7-year hiatus, the adidas Crazy 1 made its long-awaited return in December. Next, we’ll see Kobe Bryant’s old signature shoe re-released in the popular ‘Sunshine’ colorway, which originally launched in early 2001.

The vibrant colorway, inspired by Los Angeles’ sunny weather, is highlighted by its yellow molded synthetic upper and contrasting black accents. Tomorrow, the classic releases alongside the original white-based colorway.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to our Spring Sports 2001 catalog, when the ‘Sunshine’ Crazy 1 (or Kobe) graced an adidas Basketball page along with the silver colorway. Will you be picking up a pair from the 2014 re-up tomorrow?

Available 2/7: adidas Crazy 1

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Spring Sports 2001

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Holiday 2000

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Holiday 2000

words // Brandon Richard

En route to his first NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, Kobe Bryant debuted a unique new signature shoe — the adidas Kobe.

To be perfectly honest, the Kobe was a polarizing design. You either loved it or you hated it, and that’s fine. In a way, that’s been somewhat of a microcosm of Kobe’s career. But you notice him, just like you noticed the adidas Kobe on court.

Inspired by the Audi TT, the Kobe’s curved molded build and midfoot arch were designed after the car’s grill, lights and wheel wells. The double-layered collar helped prevent ankle rolls and a 3D Torsion system balanced rearfoot and forefoot responsiveness.

In addition to Bryant, the Kobe was famously worn by teams like UCLA on the college level.

Kobe and adidas have since moved in different directions, but there will always be a following for Kobe’s ‘fro era’ signature models. For loyalists, the Kobe is on its way back soon, albeit with a new name — the Crazy 1.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane focuses on our Holiday 2000 issue, when the Kobe graced a page next to other memorable models like the Superstar 2G and the Bromium. Were any of these adidas Basketball shoes on your feet in 2000?

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Holiday 2000