Who should buy the Adidas DON Issue #3

This Adidas basketball shoe will be great for the following:

  • guards who value court feel and responsiveness over anything else
  • buyers who want basketball shoes that also double as lifestyle sneakers

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Who should NOT buy this Adidas shoe

The Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3 is definitely not for big men who want a lot of underfoot cushioning. They may want to check the Adidas Pro Model 2G or the N3XT L3V3L 2020

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The Don Issue 3 has a for-guards cushioning setup

The DON Issue 3 replaces Bounce with Lightstrike, and it doesn't cut it; the current setup lacks impact protection.

This low-to-the-ground Lighstrike, however, ensures a good deal of court feel, giving the wearer more control as he sprints and drives to the basket.

All-day comfort? Yes, you'll get it!

The third shoe from Donovan Mitchell's signature line upper is not only made of soft textile, it is also generously padded to ensure comfort even when worn for hours on end. They also don't need any break-in period.

At 12.25 oz (347 g), the Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3 is a little lighter than average, and it feels like it, too.

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An inconsistent pattern that grips inconsistently

Featuring a modified waffle pattern, the shoe's rubber outsole ensures multidirectional grip that helps weares stop on a dime. Sometimes it works, sometimes it sucks; this inconsistency makes the traction such a big risk for anyone.

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The shoe fits as expected but with forefoot support deficiencies

Those who prefer roomier fits can remain true to their Adidas sizes; these shoes aren't as snug as the typical Adidas basketball shoes.

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However, this shoe doesn't seem to contain the foot well; you need to be careful with possible heel slippage and too much internal instability in the forefoot.

The Adidas DON Issue #3 delivers the looks

The Adidas DON Issue #3 can definitely be used as a lifestyle sneaker because of how good it looks.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: 347g
Top: Low
Signature: Donovan Mitchell
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Adidas D.O.N. Issue
Colorways: Purple / Black / White / Blue / Red / Green / Grey / Pink
SKUs: GY0321 / GY3775 / H67717 / H67718 / H67719 / H67720 / H67721 / H67723 / H67724 / H68046

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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.