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Adidas DON Issue 1 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$99.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
7/2019
Outdoor Rating:
100%
# of Reviews:
6
Traction
7.3
Cushion
8.7
Material
8.5
Support
8.6
Fit
8.4
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Affordable price
  • High-quality materials

CONS:

  • Inconsistent traction
  • Heavy and bulky for a low-top

Summary of 6 Expert Reviews:

Donovan Mitchell first signature sneaker is a divisive shoe among shoe critics. Some really like the traction, but others complain that they are slipping a lot - even on clean courts. The Bounce cushioning is responsive and offers a lot of court feel, but impact protection is only decent. Materials feel pretty premium in-hand and on-foot, especially considering the very affordable retail price of only $100. The shoe also provides a lot of support and stability, but this comes at the expense of added bulk and weight.
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas DON Issue 1:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I am pretty satisfied with the performance of the DON issue #1. My favorite aspects are the traction, the super-responsive cushioning and the awesome price point of $100.
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8.7
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I actually loved the D.O.N. Issue 1 with the exception of the traction.
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8.5
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
At $99, this shoe provides a ton of performance! I'd say this is the best under $100 sneaker currently on the market. The DON issue 1 is a very versatile shoe and should work for all players!
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8.2
The Sole Brothers
I didn't like the DON Issue 1 too much. It's heavy and chunky and the traction is too inconsistent.
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8.0
RicheeKim
I will keep this shoe because of the good-looking Spiderman collaboration but I think there are better performers, even at $100.
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8.0
PureKicks
The DON Issue 1 is a very comfortable and supportive shoe that works perfectly for explosive basketball players.
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Traction of the Adidas DON Issue 1:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is superb and grips the floor really, really well. It's also really squeaky!
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Even though everybody else seems to love the traction, I just had too much slipping.
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7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The web-herringbone pattern and the soft rubber should provide great traction, but the traction pattern is rather shallow and dense which led to some slipping and sliding on dustier courts. If you play on dusty courts, you will have to wipe a lot.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction is fine but a little inconsistent - even on clean courts.
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7.0
RicheeKim
The traction of the DON Issue #1 was really inconsistent. Often times, I was sliding a little when trying to stop - herringbone shouldn't do that!
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7.0
PureKicks
The traction did its thing, but the herringbone pattern will require some wiping on dustier courts.
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Cushion of the Adidas DON Issue 1:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Super bouncy, responsive and you still get court feel.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I found the D.O.N. Issue 1 to be one of the most comfortable iterations of Bounce I’ve experienced.
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10.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The full-length Bounce insole is hands-down my favorite feature of this sneaker. In my opinion, this is the most versatile cushioning on the market: it's responsive, comfortable and provides court feel and impact protection.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
Court feel is great, impact protection is good, but you don't get a lot of bounce.
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8.0
RicheeKim
A lot of court feel and responsiveness but only decent impact protection. Works best for guards looking for a responsive shoe.
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8.0
PureKicks
The thick cushioning is really plush and bouncy, but also a little bulky.
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Materials of the Adidas DON Issue 1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The materials aren't bad, but the breathability is problematic.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I found the textile and mesh build to be perfectly fine.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The materials are fine but not spectacular.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The mesh upper materials feel really premium.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Materials feel really good in-hand and on-foot, especially for this price.
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8.0
PureKicks
Breathable, flexible and lightweight Mesh.
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Support of the Adidas DON Issue 1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Very wide base provides a lot of stability and the heavily padded Achilles pillows keep your feet locked down.
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9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Support, like in many of Adidas’ current basketball line, is very good.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The base is absolutely massive and provides a lot of stability. The thick padding on the inner lining really locks your feet into place and prevents heel slippage and lateral sliding.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
Lateral containment is great but the heel slippage is pretty bad in the beginning.
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8.0
RicheeKim
The support was perfectly fine. No side-to-side movement, forefoot containment was good, but I had a little bit of heel slippage during the break-in period.
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9.0
PureKicks
The insane double outrigger, internal TPU heel counter, the lacing system, and ankle padding deliver a lot of support and stability.
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Fit of the Adidas DON Issue 1:

8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I didn't have any issues with the fit, but it wasn't extraordinarily comfortable.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The fit/lockdown is amazing.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
For me, the fit was great and easy to put on.
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8.0
RicheeKim
The materials hugged my feet nicely.
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8.0
PureKicks
The padding around the ankle is very comfortable and helps with support & lockdown.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

good
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I will say that I enjoyed the shoe a lot outdoors. No slipping or anything!
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Width of the Adidas DON Issue 1:

regularly wide
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The width was perfect in my Adidas size.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Really snug in the toe area.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
A little bit narrow in the forefoot.
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regularly wide
PureKicks
Regular
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Size of the Adidas DON Issue 1:

½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Runs a tad long.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Fits true to size
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runs large
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The fit is pretty long even if you go down half a size like I am used to from Adidas shoes.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
Go true to your Adidas size.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
I would recommend going down half a size.
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true to size
PureKicks
True to size.
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