Following the debut of the Crazy IIInfinity last year, Adidas is following up with another riff on one of the most polarizing basketball sneakers of all-time.
The Mad IIInfinity takes inspiration from the Crazy 1, the sneaker formerly known as the Kobe 1 that was modeled after the Audi TT Roadster and served as Kobe Bryant’s fourth signature model. Like its two predecessors, it features a a bulbous-shaped upper with a glossy synthetic leather consuming most of the real estate.
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Gone are the three inset stripes from the other two sneakers, however, as a mesh underlay swoops from heel to toe. There’s also an entirely new midfoot shank that’s much more complex — helping to bring new life to a franchise that’s simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic.
The Mad IIInfity will make its debut in an almost entirely black colorway, save for sparse accents of silver and blue — which also helps set it apart from the other two sneakers, which tend to favor two-tone color schemes.
Over the last year, Adidas has been pushing the Crazy 1 and the equally odd Crazy 2 with more gusto than ever. Aside from new and returning colorways for the two models, both the Crazy IIInfinity and Mad IIInfinity put forth two different ideas of what a third sneaker in the series would have looked like had Bryant not famously left for Nike in 2003 (hence the “III” in “IIInfinity”).
The Mad IIInfinity “Core Black” will release Feb. 15 through Adidas’ website and select third-party retailers. Pricing is set at $180.
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Ian Servantes is a Senior Trending News Editor for Footwear News specializing in sneaker coverage. He’s previously reported on streetwear and sneakers at Input and Highsnobiety after beginning his career on the pop culture beat. He subscribes to the idea that “ball is life” and doesn’t fuss over his kicks getting dirty.
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