The Crazy 8 is one of the best pair of Kobe Bryant kicks that have ever been released. Although Bryant left for Nike in 2003, Adidas has continued to capitalize on the popularity of Bryant by releasing the shoes he endorsed while he was with them.
On the eve of All-Star Weekend, Adidas decided to honor one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Adidas has decided to pay homage to Abdul-Jabbar by releasing an exclusive colorway of the Crazy 8, “The Blueprint”.
According to Kicksologists.com, Abdul-Jabbar will be in New Orleans for All-Star weekend at the Adidas In the Quarter store, where 33 pairs will be available:
Direct from Adidas:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, will be in store Friday February 14, 2014 from 2pm-3pm to celebrate the launch of “The Blueprint” Jabbar Hi together with adidas Originals.
The first 50 people to purchase the “The Blueprint” Jabbar Hi will get priority for the meet and greet with Kareem.
Specifically, the shoe’s colorway will honor Abdul-Jabbar’s time at UCLA, which explains why the kicks are dominated by blue. Some of Adidas’ younger NBA stars consider Abdul-Jabbar the blueprint of success in the game of basketball, which is why Adidas created this colorway. A single piece of synthetic suede covers the upper part of the shoe and the white molding has blue stripes that make it look like an actual blue print.
The “Blueprint” colorway will still have the stitching and moldings to honor the original Crazy 8. The shoe will have the number 33 stitched on the heel and also a tongue patch that shows Abdul-Jabbar’s unstoppable sky hook as well as his autograph.
The UCLA Bruins will debut “The Blueprint” tonight at Pauley Pavilion when they face the University of Colorado in a nationally televised game. The shoes will officially go on sale on Valentine’s Day and they will retail for $133. There will be a limited amount of pairs sold, but they will be available at Adidas.com and at the Adidas in a Quarter store in New Orleans.
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