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According to the tech specs on adidas.com, the upper is textile. In hand, it feels like elastane with no stretch, and it is very similar to the first two Energy Boost running models. While this material was great on the runners, in basketball it just has too much give and very little containment. There is a fused area around the inside of the toebox to help with toe drags and durability and some additional fuse (TechFit?) around the lace holes and lateral forefoot. The heel is thickly padded with a soft foam and liner for comfort.

I am a 10.5 in my true size — 99% of my shoes all my life have been a 10.5, and I measure 10.5 on Brannock devices. Therefore, I order 10.5 in every shoe I test unless, like Reeboks, I know they run big on me. The 10.5 in the CLB18 left me with almost an inch of room between the end of my big toe and the end of the toebox. The rest of the shoe was equally roomy and the simple lacing system did very little to hold my foot down. I tried to pull the laces tight to stop movement but as soon as I let them loose to pull the next set, the previous set would expand out and loosen again. Heel slip was a huge issue in the early versions of the CLB16 (for some reason my later black/white version was better in that aspect than the first white version). In the Crazylight Boost 2018, most, not all, of the heel slip is gone, thanks to the variable lacing at the collar. Three lace holes allow you to pick and choose the set-up that works best.

However, at least on my foot, no matter how I laced or how tight I pulled, I never felt secure in the heel. Maybe a half-size down would have erased the extra space all around the shoe, but then that isn’t a proper fit. Wide-footers will love this shoe because it’s one of the few shoes today that should fit all but the widest of feet with no issues. Let’s start with the good: the midfoot of the Crazylight Boost 2018 is supported by the same TPU shank we had on the Rose 8 and it’s fantastic. Running from the middle of the heel to the middle of the forefoot, it supports the shoe and keeps the shoe from bending in on itself. The heel counter is low and non-restrictive, which would feel great on a faster, lighter shoe, but the CLB18 has a heavy midsole and soft upper materials — not exactly a lightweight (it’s something I haven’t figured out, because the Crazylight Boost hasn’t been light in a while). Couple all of that with the fact this is a lowtop, and heel slip and movement is a given, especially with the satin-slick lining in the heel area. Eventually, the heel slip was minimized but heel area is soft and flexible and never gave a sense of locked-in security. The padding is too soft to hold the foot in and lacing super-tight gave some foot-numbing lace pressure across the top of the foot. I changed the lacing pattern up to stop the pressure and got even more heel slip, so lose-lose. It wasn’t like I could take the shoe off without untying (like another shoe I am currently reviewing), but doubt crept in, and if a shoe isn’t worry-free it ain’t for me. The only thing saving the stability while playing from being completely lost was the containment of the forefoot. The cage comes up over the outside of the foot and holds the foot over the footbed in that area. If you wore and enjoyed that area of the Harden Vol. Again, the downfall of the Crazylight Boost 2018 is heel fit. Arguably the best Boost cushioning we’ve seen, durable traction that works indoors and outdoors, and a comfortable upper on-foot all have the makings of a borderline great shoe. Again, maybe a half-size down would solve the problems, but I don’t have endless funds to try out 15 different sizes and see what works. If you enjoy bouncy Boost and killer traction with a running-shoe feel in the upper, go with your Harden Vol.c1 size and give the Crazylight Boost 2018 a try. If you need lockdown and confidence-inspiring support in the heel, try the Harden Vol. Hopefully, the Crazylight Boost 2019 solves the issue and we can finally get the killer team lowtop we have been looking for from adidas. Well, if we choose to be optimistic… they could have been worse. I love playing on pristine courts, I really do… but I don’t get to do it very often. Dust is a major problem based solely on fact that the pattern is really tight.

If they would have spaced the lines out a bit then it would have made a difference, however, if you happen to play on courts that are ‘okay’ or at least have a decent coat of lacquer finish then you’ll be alright. But, they were inconsistent enough to where I don’t keep them in my gym bag as a pair of backup kicks. Cushion – I could use a multitude of one-worded ways to describe my feelings here, but I’ll keep it PG… disappointed. I love Boost, everyone knows this by now… I even wrote about it’s potential in the basketball world – HERE. This though… this is not how I would have done things. The heel is great, lets just get that part out of the way. But you put that together with a really thin & dense EVA forefoot… damn did you miss the mark.

And you missed it hard… like jumping from a plane without a parachute type of hard. I suffer from shin splints due to how much I play, but I hadn’t had a stint with shin splints in quite a while because all of the shoes I’ve been testing have been pretty flexible and really well cushioned… but not these.

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