Verdict from 7.2 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • Many buyers say that the Adidas First Step is a nice product.
  • The shoes are a good buy for its price, several purchasers say.
  • Many remark that the shoes look good.
  • Just like the UA HOVR Havoc, a lot of wearers are saying that these shoes are comfortable.
  • The fit is almost perfect, many say.
  • The shoes have a good grip according to some. Players have the same praise for Kobe’s first Protro.
  • A lot of purchasers just love the First Step.
  • The shoes are very light according to one user.
  • The shoes are stable and provide good heel support, a few write.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Adidas First Step is a bit uncomfortable, a few complain.
  • Several say that the shoes run long and narrow.
  • One user says that the shoe’s outsole wears out before it can be broken in.
  • A reviewer observes that the First Step feels stiff and heavy.

Bottom line

For a budget model, the Adidas First Step is a quality basketball shoe. The shoes allow you to move with ease and keep you stable when cutting to the basket. Its style and comfort also make the First Step a good everyday sneaker.

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User reviews:

Ankle-breaking crossovers start with a deadly first step. Developed for aggressive plays and fights for ball control, the Adidas First Step features Adiprene+ cushioning to absorb impact, midfoot overlays to lock the foot down, and an opponent-distracting upper design.

Cushion. The Adidas First Step’s midsole features Adiprene+ cushioning that provides game-long comfort.

Adiprene+ in the forefoot maintains propulsion and efficiency while Adiprene under the heel provides high impact absorption.

Traction. The Adidas First Step has a non-marking rubber outsole. This grippy rubber outsole delivers dependable traction on any type of surface.

Length and Width. The Adidas First Step fits true to size but is a bit long and narrow. Wide-footers may need to go up half a size.

Lockdown. Featuring GeoFit foam construction, the Adidas First Step provides superior anatomical fit and comfort. The lace-up system can be customized while overlays at the midfoot provide exceptional lockdown.

The First Step’s upper features a durable combination of synthetic leather and textile materials. The air mesh and textile upper provides lightweight comfort and breathability while perforated areas improve ventilation.

The Adidas First Step has a well-padded ankle collar for added support and comfort; the shoe’s mid-top design allows you to move freely ensuring a killer first step.

How First Step compares

This shoe: 82
All shoes average: 87
51 99
This shoe: $58
All shoes average: $132
$40 $500
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.