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Adidas KB8 / Crazy 8: basketball sneaker endorsed by Kobe Bryant (1997)

The Adidas KB8 is a basketball shoe that was endorsed by Kobe Bryant; the shoe was released in 1997, but was renamed to 'Crazy 8' when Kobe Bryant switched to another sportswear brand.

The KB8 in black, purple and white, and released in 1997. The rear of the crazy 8, renamed after bryant left adidas. Side profile of the crazy 8, in black, white and red.

The upper of the Adidas KB8 is made from a mix of leather and synthetic materials: that provide a supreme level of comfort and performance. The inside of the shoe is made from textile, and is implemented to provide comfort and to absorb sweat. The KB8 has a large EVA injected midsole that is a light weight polymer that provides cushioning. The midsole of the shoe also includes the Torsion System: that provides arch support and returns energy to the forefoot. The shoe is fastened with laces and is easily inserted onto a foot due to a large ankle entry.

Kobe Bryant signed a 6-year contract with Adidas that was valued at approximately $48 million over the six years. The first shoe that was endorsed by Kobe Bryant was the KB8, and was released in 1997. Further editions of the shoe were released: such as the KB8 II. Kobe Bryant switched to Nike once his contract expired with Adidas; Nike released the Kobe Bryant collection - that included the Kobe X sneakers - once Bryant's personal life settled down and he was not exposed to such a high degree of negative press attention. Adidas changed the name of the Adidas KB8 to the Adidas Crazy 8; after Bryant switched to Nike.

The Adidas Crazy 8 is still manufactured and sold by Adidas, and is for sale for around £75-£95. The shoe is released in a vast range of multi-coloured colourways; such as: Red / Black; Royal Blue / White Gum; Dark Navy Blue / Yellow . The Adidas Crazy 8 is also endorsed by NBA teams and former NBA players; such as: New York Knicks Crazy 8; Chicago Bulls Crazy 8; Los Angeles Lakers Crazy 8; and Crazy 8 Kareem Abdul Jabbar.