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Respect is earned, never given. With the help of his parents, NBA Star Zach Lavine realized that from a young age. His dad nailed a basketball hoop up in their basement and the rest was history. From that moment forward, Lavine has been in pursuit of respect. Growing up, bouncing court to court, Lavine would log and chart all the shots he’d put up. 400 shots here, 500 shots there, another 600 here. Lavine filled up five or six notebooks, each being a reminder of all the hard work he put in. Bad games, fatigue and injuries never held Lavine back either. Instead they stoked his flame and pushed him to work harder and come back better. That mindset circles back to the wise words his parents gave him as a youth: “I never told you it’d be easy, I told you it’d be worth it.”

Lavine is bringing his hard work and determination to the latest drop from adidas. The first of its kind from adi, the N3XT L3V3L (next level) is the future of basketball. Immediately you’ll notice the laceless Primeknit upper, the design allows for an engineered fit that targets support and enhances movement. On the lateral side of the shoe is a TPU banking barrier which allows you to change direction and move with fearless speed. The Lighstrike foam midsole offers soft, resilient cushioning and is paired with a Herringbone-patterned outsole.

Despite a long list of accolades (Two-time Dunk Champion, Rising Stars Game MVP, Second All-Rookie), Zach Lavine wants to be known as more than a basketball player. Knowing that the ball stops bouncing for everyone eventually, he wants to known for the type of person he is off the court. Lavine is striving to be the kind of role model that he looked up to when he was a kid. He knows he’ll never be perfect, but that doesn’t meant he can’t strive for it.

When he’s not on the court Lavine is continuing his pursuit of respect in the adidas UltraBOOST 1.0 Knit. Available exclusively at Finish Line, the standout model comes dressed in black with ‘Active Purple’ underlays and contrasting hits of ‘Shock Red’ (tongue & suede heel). The responsive black BOOST midsole completes this look.

 

Grab our exclusive adidas UltraBOOST 1.0 Knit on 2/27 at Finish Line.

By Robbie Falchi of Sneaker History 

January ushers in a fresh start each and every year, but it also affords us the opportunity to reflect and remember Dr. Martin Luther King JR. Annual basketball releases from Nike and Adidas drop in commemoration of MLK Day and Black History Month with themes dedicated to the civil activist’s teachings. Lets take a look at our top-10 favorite MLK/BHM hoops shoes in celebration of Martin Luther King Day!

10. Nike Kobe 9 Elite; 2015

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Black and white goes with everything, don’t @ us. Nike’s execution on the Kobe 9 Elite High was insane, every inch of the shoe has something going on without being too busy. Two-tone Flyknit across the upper offers a new look with every step. The shoe’s boxing inspired design was an acquired taste, but for those lucky enough to have owned a pair can attest to their unparalleled feel on the court.

This past NBA season, James Harden finally got the credit from the league that he had been deserving for years. Easily one of the league’s most gifted scorers and playmakers, the Beard took home his first NBA MVP award and was one win away from dethroning one of sport’s most dominant dynasties. The Harden Vol. 3’s massive BOOST sole unit offers incredible energy return with every stride, while herringbone was added to high-traffic areas for additional stability, giving the sharp shooter the ability to decelerate with ease. The reigning MVP’s game is centered around quick twitch movement and the ability to stop on a dime and change direction smoothly, making stability from the Harden Vol. 3 was absolutely paramount. A roman numeral “XIII” on the medial side as a nod to Harden’s jersey number and his signature across the mid-foot strap completes the design.

You can grab your pair of the adidas Hoops Harden Vol.3 on November 2nd at Finishline.com.

The basketball season is in its infancy and adi is bringing the heat to the hardwood. Expanding their popular BYW (Boost You Wear) line with new colorways and an all-new style. The BYW turned heads last year, with adidas officially unveiling the sneaker at NBA All-Star Weekend. Inspired by the 90’s FYW (Feet You Wear) basketball line, the BYW puts an updated tech-centric spin on those classic models. Collabs with recording artist Pharrell Williams have increased the hype and popularity around the shoe.

 

Continuing the momentum around the model, adidas is bringing two new colorways to shelves. The first being a light khaki option which features grey and black detailing. The outsole and podular BOOST midsole come in white and finished a gum colored hit at the top. The second option features a black and concord purple knitted concord purple upper. Suede accents and a reflective trim provide an extra pop. Like the aforementioned colorway this one features a white midsole and outsole.

 

Dubbed the Crazy BYW X, this model is inspired by the power of the vertical leap. The idea being to create a ‘pro-level basketball design that blurs the lines of sport and style.’ Marveled adidas Primeknit fabric is utilized for the upper, providing an adaptive and supportive fit. Like its predecessor the BYW X utilizes the distinct podular BOOST midsole. An extended torsion system locks your foot down, while the translucent rubber outsole provides the grip you need. The model will be debuting with a collegiate navy/clear grey/clear orange colorway and a core black/footwear white/real purple option.

 

Keep it #boosted with the adidas Crazy BYW and adidas Crazy BYW X, coming soon to Finish Line.

It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since adidas Hoops and James Harden dominated the internet for their one of a kind unveiling party of the adidas Harden Vol. 1, and now they are getting ready to drop James’ second signature sneaker. If you watched closely, you would have seen that adidas actually debuted Hardens sneaker in the brand’s epic “Calling All Creators” commercial that debuted back in December. The low-cut sneaker, features a mesh-based upper with a toe fortified by additional stitching embedded into the shell, while the heel of the sole traction wraps upwards to give Harden’s signature euro-step maneuvers some added stability.

This next pair that is set to drop boasts the thickest BOOST midsole yet while being wrapped in a heel traction pattern that should add stability on the court. Its entire upper is dressed in Black, while having Scarlet Three Stripes on the toe area. Additional details includes pops of Shock Red on the back pull tabs, heel and insoles.

You can grab your pair of the adidas Hoops Harden Vol.2 ‘Lift Off’ on April 15th at Finishline.com.

It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since adidas Hoops and James Harden dominated the internet for their one of a kind unveiling party of the adidas Harden Vol. 1, and now they are getting ready to drop James’ second signature sneaker. If you watched closely, you would have seen that adidas actually debuted Hardens sneaker in the brand’s epic “Calling All Creators” commercial that debuted back in December. The low-cut sneaker, features a mesh-based upper with a toe fortified by additional stitching embedded into the shell, while the heel of the sole traction wraps upwards to give Harden’s signature euro-step maneuvers some added stability.

This next pair that is set to drop boasts the thickest BOOST midsole yet while being wrapped in a heel traction pattern that should add stability on the court. Its entire upper is dressed in shades of Blue, while having Navy Three Stripes on the toe area. Additional details includes pops of Shock Red on the back pull tabs, heel and insoles.

You can grab your pair of the adidas Hoops Harden Vol.2 ‘Step Back’ on April 1st at Finishline.com.

It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since adidas Hoops and James Harden dominated the internet for their one of a kind unveiling party of the adidas Harden Vol. 1, and now they are getting ready to drop James’ second signature sneaker. If you watched closely, you would have seen that adidas actually debuted Hardens sneaker in the brand’s epic “Calling All Creators” commercial that debuted back in December. The low-cut sneaker, features a mesh-based upper with a toe fortified by additional stitching embedded into the shell, while the heel of the sole traction wraps upwards to give Harden’s signature euro-step maneuvers some added stability.

This next pair that is set to drop boasts the thickest BOOST midsole yet while being wrapped in a heel traction pattern that should add stability on the court. Its entire upper is dressed in shades of Grey, while having Black Three Stripes on the toe area. Additional details includes pops of Bright Green on the back pull tabs, heel and insoles. This sneaker sits atop the BOOST midsole and comes with custom lacing options that will become a signature feature of the Harden Vol. 2. It’s apparent that as Hardens game evolves, his signature sneakers will do the same.

You can grab your pair of the adidas Hoops Harden Vol. 2 ‘Concrete’ on March 10th at Finishline.com.

Making it’s first appearance back in 1997, many will remember the adidas Crazy 8 as one of the most popular trainers basketball had ever seen. Today, the ladies are getting two looks come mid February and they are sporting Black and Off White colorways.

Famous for its bold, wavy midsole, the latest women’s version updates the classic look with new materials and a women specific fit. Complete with a knit upper, bold stitching, and nubuck overlays, this basketball shoe is set to complete your style on or off the court.

The Women’s adidas Crazy 8 will be available 2/15 at finishline.com. 

Like adidas Originals did with the Crazy 8 ADV back in November, the adidas Crazy 1 is now getting a lifestyle makeover that is perfect for your off the court look. In a similar move to what they did on the Crazy 8, the Crazy 1 ADV comes in Primeknit with leather detailing or in synthetic leather with a ribbed texture and black leather contrasting.

adidas Originals is giving new life to one of its more iconic basketball sneakers, the Crazy 8. One of the brand with the 3-stripes’ most memorable basketball silhouettes, adidas Originals brings back the Crazy 8 silhouette in a striking, contemporary makeup, creating the Crazy 8 ADV PK. While this pair was once the leader of adidas Basketball, the classic court sneaker is getting updated with a unique lifestyle twist. Now, the shoe is outfitted with Primeknit construction, ultimately drawing inspiration from the world of Italian fashion. Added structure in turn comes courtesy of a premium leather heel counter, while the overall fluid design of the original Crazy 8 is still prevalent.

Make sure you grab your pairs of the adidas Originals Crazy 1 ADV and adidas Originals Crazy 8 ADV PK on February 15th at Finishline.com.