Who should buy the Adidas Trae Young 1

Big men and quick guards are expected to enjoy the Trae Young 1 because it offers both impact protection and court feel. 

Those who loved Damian Lillard's shoes may also find this shoe satisfactory. It's said that the Adidas Trae Young 1 is similar to the Adidas Dames in terms of performance.

Who should NOT buy the Trae Young 1

If you fit the following descriptions, then this shoe is not for you.

Someone who:

  • Loves to play outdoors. The Adidas Trae Young 1, no matter how great, is made of materials that seem to be meant for indoor play. Frequent outdoor usage will shorten this shoe's shelf life. The Adidas Dame 7 is a good alternative.
  • Has narrow feet. Even with its streamlined structure and appearance, the first Trae Young basketball shoe still has more space in it. Adidas fans are urged to go half a size to a full size down. If that's too much of a hassle, the Adidas Hardens are good alternatives.

Plushness and response in one

Lightstrike is better implemented in the Adidas Trae Young 1 than in the previous models, such as the Adidas Harden Vol. 5. The Adidas TY1 offers both impact protection and court feel, making both big men and guards happy.

One-with-the-foot feel and containment

This shoe has a one-piece upper that offers a one-to-one fit. It also has a heel counter and Boost midsole that sort of comes up the sides. All these features lock the foot down, giving the player one-of-a-kind stability and support.

Grip with multidirectional coverage

Its rubber outsole features good old herringbone for a grip that got you covered in all directions. 

The Adidas Trae Young 1 provides cushioning at its finest

What most players love most about this pair is it has cushioning that consists of a combination of Lightstrike throughout with Boost in the heel for extreme comfort and a low to the ground feel.

The materials used to provide the structure provide a sturdy feel around the foot, which allows athletes to run around the court without any worries about it being too delicate for Basketball.

Good traction? Check!

Whether hoopers are playing in clean or dusty courts, this pair has shown how good its traction is. Its herringbone pattern on the rubber outsole responds extremely well to the multidirectional footwork and the maximum grip intended to prevent slippage needed for the sport.

Tricky fit, consider sizing up

The ideal fit for a Basketball shoe is tight enough to provide support but loose enough to give your feet a little bit of breathing room. If athletes can get the size right for this pair, then there shouldn't be a problem.

However, take note that the Adidas Trae Young 1 doesn't have many lace loops so it's a bit hard to customize the fit. Also, it is not an ideal pair for wide-footed players, so it's recommended to go one size up if you wish to own this shoe.

Out-of-the-box comfort? The Adidas Trae Young 1 won't disappoint.

For sports enthusiasts who are looking for a basketball pair that offers a comfortable fit and feels with little to no heel slippage at all, this pair is the best bet. Trae Young turned a lot of heads with his play during the 2020-2021 NBA playoffs while wearing this signature shoe during the whole playoffs run.

Hoopers who own this find the Adidas Trae Young 1 a solid footwear that is perfect for point guard positions.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 13.9oz
Top: Low
Signature: Trae Young
Lockdown: Slip-On, Lace-Up
Collection: Adidas Trae Young
Colorways: Blue / White / Black
SKUs: GY0289 / GY0295 / GY0302 / GY3772 / GZ4627 / H68997 / H68999 / H69000

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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.