The adidas Crazy 97 EQT – Kobe Bryant's 1997 Dunk Contest Shoe – Is Coming Back
Before Kobe Bryant was one of Nike's longest-tenured basketball athletes, even before he was a sneaker free agent who rocked special Air Jordan 3 and Reebok Question PEs, he was a member of team adidas in the earliest days of his career. One of Kobe's most notable moments with the Three Stripes? The 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, during which he wore a special Lakers-themed Crazy 97 EQT. Now, that special sneaker is set to return in 2022 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
The Crazy 97 EQT is a tale of two halves, one loud and one much more subtle. The loud half is the lateral side, which features zig-zagging overlays, a special Three Stripe graphic and a medallion that shifts between standard adidas branding and a FYW logo. The subtle half is the medial side, one that combines leather and neoprene. A gold tongue badge and signature zig-zagging EVA outsole complete the look.
You can check out the shoes themselves and see an 18-year-old (!) Kobe Bryant in action in 'em directly above. Early reports place this special Crazy 97 EQT's release in February – likely around the 2022 NBA All-Star Game – but that bit of news has yet to be officially confirmed by adidas.
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