A speed boot might have all the technologies to propel your speed. But it’s not enough in today’s times. It must also have a look that backs up that performance benefit you’ll get when your sprint with your feet in them. So with adidas releasing the special edition X Crazylight, you have a boot that can make you feel fast and look fast!
Ribbed arrow patterns proliferate the entirety of the upper, pressing against a translucent grey base. Combined with the said design appearing as yellowish on the lateral side and reddish on the medial, the overall visual presentation of the boot signifies a football footwear that is based on quickness and acceleration. The white adidas stripes complement the performance-oriented basis of the boots’ aesthetics. ‘CRAZYFAST’ reads through the black tongue in white to complete the adidas branding.
Making the boots look even more stunning is that the above-mentioned colours flow down to the outsole and produce a multicolour chrome effect. Arguably, though, the accents mirror their position on the soleplate relative to their occupied space on the upper.
Now if that colourful arrow-shaped pattern looks familiar, not to mention the title ringing a bell, that is because the boot pays direct homage to the 2014 F50 adiZero Crazylight. It might had been smashed by the 99 gram boot in terms of weight, but its impact and legacy not just on the adidas F50 but speed boots in general can not be underestimated. This 2023 Crazylight debuts in the UCL Finals, specifically to be worn by Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez.
But as an introductory special edition boot, it gives the first real glimpse of the X Crazyfast technologies. AEROPACITY SPEEDSKIN+ and AEROCAGE+ make up the upper, the former being a single monomesh layer thinly filmed with low-opacity TPU and the latter being the actual internal liner with cutouts. All in all, the aim of adidas is to give us an upper that is lightweight, second-skin fitting and well-balanced in terms of pliability and structure. With a SPEEDFRAME outsole, that familiar responsive springback is expected to be delivered by the latest adidas speed boot.