Our verdict


The Adidas Trae Young 2 is arguably better than the one that came before it, and this makes it a shoe that is definitely worth buying. Those who want to make the best out of their purchases are going to have fun with this, as well. Aside from being a performance beast on the court, this shoe also has the looks that make it suitable for casual use. When you get this, it's like getting two shoes for the price of one.


  • Amazing traction
  • Smooth heel-to-toe transition
  • Comfortable upper
  • Underfoot plushness
  • Energy return
  • Excellent support and lockdown
  • Feels light
  • Fashionable appearance


  • Seriously hard to put on
  • Not the best for outdoors
  • Not for wide-footers

Who should buy the Adidas Trae Young 2

Aside from fans of Trae Young and Adidas, this basketball shoe is also a good match for the following:

  • wearers who do not have exceptionally wide feet
  • athletes who want performance shoes that also double as lifestyle sneakers
  • ballers who usually play on smooth indoor courts
  • bigger players who need and want heavily supportive basketball shoes

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Who should NOT buy this shoe from Adidas

Clearly, outdoor hoopers cannot expect to get the most out of this shoe. While it works outdoors, it still is not the most suitable pick. They are better off with the Cosmic Unity 2, which is from Nike Basketball. If they want to stick with Adidas, the Dame 8 is a good pick.

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Those who have wider feet are clearly not for the Adidas Trae Young 2.  The Dame 8 is again a good pick for these players. If willing to try other brands, the Cosmic Unity from Nike is a good alternative.

Indeed better than the Trae Young 1

One player states that the Adidas Trae Young 2 is "an improvement as far as usability goes." Other users agree with him, especially on the more important aspects such as cushioning and foot containment.

No issues with the grip here

After thorough assessments, an expert concludes that the Adidas Trae Young 2 has "good solid traction." He is able to stop on a dime, and he did not experience any issues when he had to make quick direction changes. Another user agrees, saying that the sole is "really sticky." 

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Enjoy smooth steps with the Trae Young 2

A user shares that this basketball shoe from Adidas offers "great heel-to-toe transition." He considers this an important but "underrated aspect of basketball shoes." According to one expert, the "really, really smooth" heel-to-toe transition is because of three things: a nice curvature in the heel, a smoothly curved tip of the forefoot, and a good amount of forefoot flex.

Outdoors? Playable but not the best

Make no mistake, the Adidas Trae Young 2 works and can be used on outdoor courts. However, a group of players collectively say that the shoe is made of materials that are best kept indoors. 

Experience comfort all over

A user declares that the second signature shoe for Trae Young is an "excellent choice for comfort." This might be because it is made of "excellent upper materials," as one player puts it.

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...but it can be difficult to put on

A player shares that this shoe can be "a serious pain in the ass" to put on because of its quite narrow opening. Another user agrees, saying that it is "nearly impossible" to put this shoe on because of the struggle that he has to go through every time.

Plush cushioning, anyone?

An expert takes note that the midsole of the Trae Young 2 is "plusher, thicker, and more shock-absorbing" when compared to the Adidas Trae Young 1. This makes this shoe a lot more comfortable and pleasurable to wear even outside the court.

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There's some spring back, as well!

An expert says that the Boost in the heel is "super responsive." This and the plushness of the other parts of the midsole lead him to conclude that the Adidas Trae Young 2 has "much-better improved cushioning."

Another user also takes note of the "bouncy Boost" in the heel area.

Foot containment is not a problem

"10/10 for stability!" says one user. Another player says that the lockdown is great. With all this, it's safe to expect the foot to be kept securely in its place even during the most intense movements.

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Feels lighter than the actual weight

A group of basketball enthusiasts takes note that the Adidas Trae Young 2 feels a lot lighter than its actual weight because it has "good weight distribution." This shoe's actual weight is 13.5 oz (383 g), which is also the average weight of all the basketball shoes that we have on record. 

Play in style with the Trae Young 2

A player is so pleased with the design of this Adidas basketball shoe that he describes it as "jaw-dropping to look at." He surely enjoys all the compliments that he gets when he wears the Adidas Trae Young 2 on and off the court.

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