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Adidas Trae Young 1

Released 9/2021, Low Top, Trae Young, 
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8.2
EXPERT RATING
7 reviews
8.9
USER RATING
16 ratings
Trae Young's first signature shoe provides some of Adidas's best cushioning.

Best Suitable For:

Fans of Trae Young that are looking for a comfortable cushion setup.

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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings
User Ratings
Traction
7.7
Cushion
8.9
Materials
8.3
Support
8.0
Fit
7.9
Outdoor
40%

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Weight:
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Sizing:
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Width:
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Core White / Core Black / Solar Red
Core White / Core Black / Solar Red
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Light Solid Grey / Crystal White / Core Black
Light Solid Grey / Crystal White / Core Black
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$129.99
$140
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Core Black / Team Colleg Purple / Team Solar Orange
Core Black / Team Colleg Purple / Team Solar Orange
in 5 shops
$130.00
$140
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Core Black / Core Black / Sky Rush
Core Black / Core Black / Sky Rush
in 6 shops
$130.00
$140
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Vivid Red / Team Colleg Gold / Core Black
Vivid Red / Team Colleg Gold / Core Black
in 5 shops
$130.00
$140
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Core White / Mint Rush / Core White
Core White / Mint Rush / Core White
in 4 shops
$130.00
$140
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Core Black / Solar Red / Core Black
Core Black / Solar Red / Core Black
from StockX
$78.00
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Semi Screaming Green / Vivid Red / Cloud White
Semi Screaming Green / Vivid Red / Cloud White
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$96.00
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Acid Orange / Acid Orange / Team Green
Acid Orange / Acid Orange / Team Green
from StockX
$135.00
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Bahia Light Blue / Vivid Red / Cloud White
Bahia Light Blue / Vivid Red / Cloud White
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$137.00
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Clear Pink / Clear Pink / Core White
Clear Pink / Clear Pink / Core White
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$166.00

Adidas Trae Young 1 Review

Pros:
One of Adidas's better cushion setups
The materials are sturdy and comfortable
Cons:
Lack of lace loops
Inconsistent traction on dusty courts

Performance of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

Trae Young turned a lot of heads with his play during the 2020-2021 NBA playoffs. He also happened to debut his first signature shoe during this playoff run. Now that the shoe is available to the public, reviewers agree that the traction is inconsistent. One mentions that the shoe picks up a lot of dust on dirtier courts. All reviewers agree that cushioning is the best part of the shoe. The combination of Lightstrike throughout with Boost in the heel keeps the shoe low to the ground and comfortable. The materials used provide structure and help the shoe feel sturdy around your foot. If you can get a pair in the right size, there shouldn't be a problem with the fit. One thing to note is that there aren't many lace loops on the shoe; this makes it hard to customize the fit. Support and lockdown get the job done when it comes to Trae's first shoe with Adidas. Overall, the Adidas Trae Young 1 is a fun shoe to play in as long as you stick to playing on cleaner courts.
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

Expert Rating: 8.2 (ranks #143 of 205)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
6
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
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5 - Poor
0
9.1
January 22, 2022
The Adidas Trae Young 1 might be the best shoe available in its price range. I consider this pair to be the best Adidas shoe for 2021.
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8.2
January 22, 2022
The Trae Young 1 offers extremely nice cushioning. The traction plays a little worse than expected, and the support isn't ideal with only two lacing holes, but it's still a solid performer with some premium touches for materials.
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8.2
March 6, 2022
The Adidas Trae Young 1 is excellent for players that like to stay low to the ground and play fast in confined spaces. Just make sure to break them in beforehand.
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8.0
September 29, 2021
The Adidas Trae Young 1 is a stable sneaker. It feels low to the ground, which works well with the Lightstrike cushion in the forefoot. Just make sure to get the right size.
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8.0
October 23, 2021
Overall, the Adidas Trae Young 1 feels great on foot. When playing on clean courts, the shoe feels low to the ground, responsive, and comfortable.
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7.8
September 30, 2021
The Adidas Trae Young 1 is awesome in every way but the traction. I really like the materials, the fit and support are good, and the cushion shined.
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7.8
February 22, 2022
For the Adidas Trae Young 1, the traction works, the cushion offers impact protection and court feel, and the upper feels good for the most part.
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User Reviews of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

User Rating: 8.9 (ranks #52 of 205)
10 - Amazing
4
9 - Great
9
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
7.6
October 26, 2021
Traction works on a clean court, but will pick up a lot of dust easily making it very slippery. Cushion is by far the best aspect about this shoe imo. Support and fit were fine for me. Nothing outstanding nothing bad. It is worth noting that this shoe has a bigger toebox compared to other shoes and that there is no tongue. Personally, I like the no tongue feature as they hug my foot more like a sock. This shoe is worth if you play on a clean court, need lots of cushioning, and can get a good fit
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8.4
April 21, 2022
The Trae Young 1 is decent, but overpriced. $125 at most. Has average materials but not a lot of ventilation and traction, and average lateral support, despite the lack of eyelets. Traction is only good on clean: picks up dust pretty quickly. Looks nice, with a bunch of different colorways. Good cushioning, Boost and Lightstrike are nice. Fit very nicely, also comes with spare laces, which is nice.
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8.6
November 22, 2021
I liked the way they looked. looked clean and got compliments on the court while playing. Really plays to my playing style as it helps with traction while dribbling so I don’t slip and mess my dribbles but stay in position
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9.2
March 8, 2022
Amazing. I have heard people say traction is bad but Idk what they smoking. These shoes work awesome on dusty and clean courts with amazing cushion definitely recommend
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8.4
October 28, 2021
The shoe had an amazing cushion and court feel and the materials provided a snug and supportive feel.
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Traction of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

Expert Traction Rating: 7.7 (ranks #169 of 205)
User Traction Rating: 8.3 (ranks #129 of 205)
10 - Amazing
4
9 - Great
4
8 - Good
8
7 - Average
4
6 - Subpar
3
5 - Poor
0
9.0
January 22, 2022
I initially thought the traction would perform well, but they outperformed my expectation. The bite and grip are superb.
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8.0
January 22, 2022
The traction pattern uses both herringbone and radial patterns to offer multi-directional coverage.
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8.0
March 6, 2022
The grip of the outsole has no slippage whatsoever. The only downside is that it took quite a bit of time for the rubber to break in.
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8.0
September 29, 2021
The traction was good on a clean court. But, in dusty conditions, I've played in better shoes.
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7.0
October 23, 2021
I had a lot of trouble with the shoe picking up a lot of dust on dirtier courts. On cleaner courts, the traction performed nicely.
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6.0
September 30, 2021
The traction performed decently on a clean court, but it was poor on dustier courts.
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8.0
February 22, 2022
The traction was solid. The shoe didn't perform well on dusty courts, but they work on most other surfaces.
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Cushion of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.9 (ranks #66 of 205)
User Cushion Rating: 9.3 (ranks #30 of 205)
10 - Amazing
8
9 - Great
11
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
January 22, 2022
The Lightstrike midsole and the Boost in the heel felt amazing on the court. It's the perfect guard setup. The shoe is low to the ground while still providing impact protection.
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9.0
January 22, 2022
The cushion is great for a first signature shoe. The combination of Lightstrike and Boost makes for a comfortable setup.
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9.0
March 6, 2022
In my opinion, the cushioning on the shoe is the ideal setup for an Adidas shoe. The Lightstrike in the forefoot allows for nimble movement, and the Boost in the heel offers shock absorption.
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9.0
September 29, 2021
The Trae Young 1 is made of Lightstrike in the forefoot and Boost in the heel. The impact protection feels nice in the back, and the forefoot feels low to the ground; very responsive.
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9.0
October 23, 2021
The cushioning setup is my favourite part of the shoe. There is a full-length Lightstrike with Boost in the heel. It feels low to the ground, and the step-in comfort has a decent amount of soft compression.
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9.0
September 30, 2021
There is a full-length Lightstrike midsole with Boost in the heel. It is the Lightstrike that we all want to experience. The combination works well together and provides an ample amount of impact protection and responsiveness.
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8.0
February 22, 2022
The shoe offers a very good court feel, and the cushion setup works for it.
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Materials of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.3 (ranks #87 of 205)
User Materials Rating: 9.1 (ranks #30 of 205)
10 - Amazing
8
9 - Great
6
8 - Good
7
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
January 22, 2022
The full textile upper isn't the most premium, but it performs well. It also feels comfortable and is durable.
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9.0
January 22, 2022
The materials provide solid performance. It felt comfortable, and my foot felt locked in.
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8.0
March 6, 2022
The upper is wide and minimalist. It performs well, but the comfort takes some time to break in.
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8.0
September 29, 2021
The upper is sturdy. It doesn't stretch much, and it has a good structure.
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8.0
October 23, 2021
There is a textile mesh-like material that starts stiff but becomes softer the more you play in them.
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8.0
September 30, 2021
Mesh is what primarily makes up the upper of the shoe. It has a good structure, and the materials don't feel cheap.
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8.0
February 22, 2022
The materials play well, but they aren't the most effective in the forefoot area.
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Support of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

Expert Support Rating: 8.0 (ranks #150 of 205)
User Support Rating: 8.9 (ranks #72 of 205)
10 - Amazing
6
9 - Great
6
8 - Good
7
7 - Average
4
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
January 22, 2022
None of the support features blow you away, but the shoe includes all the support standards.
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7.0
January 22, 2022
The support could have been much better if the shoe had more lace hole options.
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8.0
March 6, 2022
Because of the materials and lack of lacing, the shoe doesn't feel secure on the mid part of your foot. However, the foot is actually quite secure.
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8.0
September 29, 2021
The support is solid due to the structure of the upper. However, if the shoe had a better lacing system, the lockdown would be better.
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8.0
October 23, 2021
There are no issues with lateral containment and support.
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8.0
September 30, 2021
I had no issues with the support in this shoe. There's everything you want and nothing that you don't.
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8.0
February 22, 2022
Stability is not an issue in the Trae Young 1. The upper provides support right up to the midfoot, and I was not impressed with the forefoot.
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Fit of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

Expert Fit Rating: 7.9 (ranks #167 of 205)
User Fit Rating: 8.7 (ranks #81 of 205)
10 - Amazing
6
9 - Great
4
8 - Good
9
7 - Average
3
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0
9.5
January 22, 2022
The laces don't do much for the shoe, but the one-piece upper felt good on foot.
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8.0
January 22, 2022
The fit isn't snug, so you do have wiggle room.
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8.0
March 6, 2022
The fit is not for everybody. The forefoot is boxy, and this can sometimes make movements feel awkward. This shoe is likely best for medium and wide-footers.
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7.0
September 29, 2021
Make sure to get the right size because the shoe is fit is only adjustable from the midfoot area up.
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8.0
October 23, 2021
The fit was good for me. I had no issues. The only downside is that it isn't customizable with the lack of holes in the lacing system.
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8.0
September 30, 2021
There is some extra space in the toe box area, but the shoe doesn't stretch much. So, the shoe fits decently.
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7.0
February 22, 2022
The laces don't do anything for fit and support. Overall, the fit was weird on the shoe.
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Durability of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

User Durability Rating: 9.0 (ranks #37 of 205)
10 - Amazing
5
9 - Great
6
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 40.0 (ranks #104 of 205)
User Outdoor Rating: 50.0 (ranks #90 of 205)
Good (100%)
1
Fair (50%)
13
Bad (0%)
2
no
January 22, 2022
The rubber is soft, so I think the outdoor play will wear away at it quickly.
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fair
January 22, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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fair
March 6, 2022
The rubber held up well during my tests.
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fair
September 29, 2021
The outsole is thick rubber. It looks like it will perform decent outdoors.
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fair
October 23, 2021
The grooves are deep, and there is a lot of rubber. They should be alright when using them outdoors.
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Width of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
4
regular
13
slightly wide
3
very wide
1
regularly wide
January 22, 2022
Go up half a size if you have a wide foot.
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regularly wide
January 22, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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slightly wide
March 6, 2022
The shoe accommodates wide-footers well.
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regularly wide
October 23, 2021
I'd say the shoe has a regular width.
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slightly narrow
September 30, 2021
The shoe can be tough to get on for people with wider feet.
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Size of the Adidas Trae Young 1:

very small
0
slightly small
1
true to size
15
slightly long
6
very long
1
true to size
January 22, 2022
Surprisingly, the shoe fits true to size.
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true to size
January 22, 2022
Going true to size worked well for me.
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½ size large
March 6, 2022
Narrow and medium foot shapes should go down half a size. Wide-footers go true to size.
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½ size large
September 29, 2021
I had to go down half a size because the lacing system is short, making it hard to customize the fit.
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true to size
October 23, 2021
I went true to size, and there is only a bit of space in the toe area lengthwise.
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true to size
September 30, 2021
I would go true to size.
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runs large
February 22, 2022
I had to go down a full size for this shoe.
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