Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most users describe the K-Swiss Donovan as comfortable. 
  • Several owners like the style of this kick. 
  • A reviewer mentions getting compliments when wearing the K-Swiss Donovan.
  • A few buyers laud the durable quality of the shoe.
  • The lacing is nice, according to one K Swiss Donovan review.
  • Various colorways are available for this sneaker.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers notice that this sneaker is tight in the toe and loose in the heel.
  • This shoe feels stiff, according to some wearers.
  • A few commenters say that the K-Swiss Donovan is on the heavier side.

Bottom line

The K-Swiss Donovan sneaker boasts a comfortable feel. Flaunting the classic K-Swiss court style but modernized to keep up with today’s fashion trend, its overall look remains stylish. With the addition of nice laces, the only bad thing about this shoe is that it feels tight at the front. Considering that it is a good-quality shoe, the K-Swiss Donovan is considered a good deal at $75 a pair.

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Fit & Sizing

This sneaker is available in men and women’s sizes. It comes with a leather upper, which stretches and provides a comfortable fit. Also, the lace-up closure at the center allows the user the option to loosen or tighten the fit based on his foot width.

The low-top K-Swiss Donovan is one of K-Swiss lifestyle sneakers that comes with an all-leather upper adorned with stitched 5 stripes. The tonal laces add to the minimalist aesthetic of this kick.  Leather accents are seen at the heel and the tongue. Finishing off with laser-etched details, the K-Swiss Donovan sneaker carries an on-trend appeal that goes well with a variety of clothing styles. It can be worn with cropped skinny jeans, jogger pants, and shorts for a casual look. Aside from the usual black and white pairs, K Swiss Donovan in red, winter sky and K Swiss Donovan in pink are also available. 

This sneaker features a cushioned footbed and breathable mesh lining for all-day comfort. Likewise, the padded tongue and collar also provide not just comfort but support as well. 

The K-Swiss story began in 1966 when two brothers moved from Switzerland to California, USA. Despite being avid fans of skiing, Art and Ernie Brunner fell in love with tennis after migrating to the States. As a result, they decided to create a shoe that uses the functionality of leather ski cleats while providing aggressive lateral support for tennis. Thus, K-Swiss Classic sneakers were born and made a debut at the Wimbledon tournament. 

Several years later, this US-based company started making shoes for other categories, such as walking, hiking, and running. Today, K-Swiss is owned by Eland World of South Korea. They have launched a lot of shoe lines, including the K-Swiss Donovan. This versatile sneaker has the old school vibe of the classic K-Swiss but with a modern twist. 

  • Its geometric pattern on the molded rubber midsole creates a contrasting texture for a unique look.
  • The durable rubber outsole of the K-Swiss Donovan provides flexible traction on various surfaces.
  • The shoe also comes in leather with snakeskin-like detailing. Colorways include rose gold, white and black.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.