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Sales Competition of Nike Zoom Freak 1 And Adidas D.O.N Issue #1

Again, this summer, Nike and Adidas released their new first version of sneaker–Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Nike Zoom Freak 1 and Donovan Mitchell’s Adidas D.O.N. ISSUE #1. With the fierce competition between the two going on, many of us will ask, “Which one will win?” Then here is the answer.

For Giannis Antetokounmpo, this is a good year because he not only won the MVP in NBA, but also gained his first signature shoe. And Nike just launched Zoom Freak 1 timely. Those who want a pair of Zoom Freak 1 can finally have the chance to cop one.

In terms of the shoe’s setup, Zoom Freak 1 has equipped with some excellent ones. As is said in many reviews, Zoom Freak 1 has no cushion setup in the forefoot while there are two layers of Zoom Air in the heel. Such combination is quite different and it is quite a highlight of Zoom Freak 1. But a downside of the shoe is it  has no any technology in the forefoot. Besides, midsole TPU and carbon board are absent as well.

An obvious and eye-catching design is the inverted barb which is quite delicate. In the shoe tongue, there is letter “GA” which represents Giannis Antetokounmpo. Besides the above, in the heel there is a “34” combined with the Greek flag.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s father liked roses very much in his whole life while the rubbery pattern on the soles shows the European, African and North American maps, all of which are significant to him. Meanwhile, the crystal bottom extends to the side of the shoe, which is to prevent rollover.

It’s said that the straps that fix the uppers symbolize the four brothers, form which we can see family are of great importance for Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Let’s turn to Donovan Mitchell then. What is interesting is Donovan Mitchell has a nickname which is “spider man”. This shows Donovan Mitchell have both speed and explosive style as spider man.

Compared with Zoom Freak 1 of the same size, D.O.N. ISSUE #1 looks rather big because the heel of D.O.N. ISSUE #1 bulges out so much that the base of the shoe could be stable enough.

The cushioning system has installed with Bounce which is quite magical. The court feel is enough for most players and feedback is prompt.

In terms of the upper, it is made with great care. And the inside of the upper cleverly shows the Adidas three-bar logo while the outer has an additional enhancement which connects the lacing system.

With all the excellent setups, Adidas D.O.N Issue #1 is very worthwhile with a low price. Here I need to mention that the shoe is a low-top model, thus resulting in no any protection for the ankle.


After this short review, surely, most of you have an idea about which one to choose in your brain. For, if taking the appearance into consideration, I would pick Adidas D.O.N. ISSUE #1. However, this is the same as other things: views of different people vary a lot. So the choice rests in you.




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Nike Zoom Freak 1 Performance Review

After a long waiting, the basketball shoe, Nike Zoom Freak 1 , made for an MVP has finally been launched. And Antetokounmpo has also his first signature shoe. What is worth mentioning is that every step of the making process was carefully planned. Here is the shoe’s performance review.

It seems it is now an era of signature shoes, which can be proven by Nike.

The same textile material, which has been seen used  in multiple Nike sneakers, say, Nike LeBron 16 Low, is reused in Nike Zoom Freak 1. Durable, soft and comfortable are all praises I’ve heard of about the shoe from a number of buyers. The materials are absolutely not premium and requires little time breaking in. Like  Antetokounmpo, the shoe works nicely but hardly will bring burden to others–it is super lightweight and breathable. Well, it just does a tremendous job.

As you can see in the above picture, a FREAK 1 is carved in the toe part.

You will also notice that at the press conference in Greece, for all Antetokounbo’s four brothers were all there, only Antetokounbo and his brother Tanassis were wearing the same black and white color scheme.

The letters “I AM MY FATHER’S LEGACY”  and the rose pattern in the outsole show Antetokounbo’s love for his father. And besides that, there are also the regular grains, which are most likely to attract dust or gravels to the sole, thus resulting in extra cleanings.

Of all the traction I’ve experienced, Nike Zoom Freak 1’s is not the best, but nor the worst. Its performance is just consistent with what other reviewers have remarked: the traction is sometimes good. The traction performs, in some buyers’ term, inconsistently. Well, this depends. Sometimes greatly does the traction perform when it come across smooth floors, say the wood one. And the case is: the dirtier the ground is, the worse the traction performs. While in other times, you will feel you are spending most of your time wiping the shoe.

Some said, “Support for the Zoom Freak 1 is solid. Not outstanding, but it is solid.” But I want to say support for the Zoom Freak 1 is sufficient and excellent. For those who try Zoom Freak 1  for the first time, the most transparent feeling is their feet are locked steadily on the footbed by the midsole sculpt. The base is nice and flat, which offers stability for the feet. However, despite the fact, I don’t see why some would think this model to be a bit on the clunky side in terms of stability. The shoe is designed like a sock, which means you’ll feel your feet integrated with the shoe; hence, this ensures stability. An obvious problem is a lack of a shank plate in the shoe, but in other words, it can not be said to be a problem: it simply does no any harm.

In the inside of the midsole prints the words “CHARLES + VERONICA”, which is another form of showing love for Antetokounmpo’s parents.

Cushioning setup is important of course and the setup of different shoes vary greatly. But this Zoom Freak 1 has also a novel combination of setup–it  offers no cushion in the forefoot while the heel is double-stacked rectangle style Zoom Air. From my own perspective, wearing the shoe means a lot of court feel, but it is in the front part while the feedback is reflected at the back. If you want lots of feedback and court feel, this Zoom Freak 1 is absolutely for you.

Needless to say, Nike Zoom Freak 1 is designed not only for Giannis, but it also takes most fans into consideration. In the light of different foot type, Nike has tried its best to meet the majority’s needs.  Therefore, it can fit in with our feet both length and width. Surely, I would recommend this model to my friends who are also fond of playing basketball.


It is understood that Giannis is a great player, and this Nike Zoom Freak 1  is also a great shoe. Nike Zoom Freak 1 “All Bros” has been released through the Nike SNKRS APP (Nike shoe club) and is available on retailers’ since June 30, and the black and white Nike Zoom Freak 1 and signature series are released successively through Just make sure what you really want and you’ll know whether it is your right one.




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Nike ZOOM FREAK 1 Performance Review

Having won  the MVP of the regular season, Giannis Antetokounmpo also won his first signature shoe in his life. Since it is rare that only a  few stars in the NBA League can win his own signature shoe, it is out of question that having signature shoe of his own is the biggest acknowledge of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ability. However, now that it is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first signature shoe, there must be some brand business strategies so as to gain a number of popularity. Being the signature sneaker of an NBA MVP, we should expect them to be awesome.

Before formal release of ZOOM FREAK 1, it is certain that  there were many people concerning about all respects about  the shoe. And among the many elements about which people cared, say, the shoe’s appearance, are highly concerned. And we have learned that before his own signature shoe, Giannis Antetokounmpo loved Kobe sneakers a lot; hence, it is not surprising ZOOM FREAK 1 is somewhat similar to Kobe sneaker. For all having unusual physical gifts, his shoes are mainly low-top models.

The whole upper looks neat and there lays Antetokounmpo’s exclusive personal logo in the shoe tongue.

On the side you can see two back side hooks which are designed to decorate the shoe and at the same time add a lot of differences.

The materials used and the design added are relatively not so originated. Materials aren’t premium. You can even draw a conclusion that ZOOM FREAK 1 is virtually suitable for everyone because the upper is made of engineering mesh in addition to an inner boot design.If regardless of the setup, the shoe should be said to wear comfortably,  then it is a mixed success. After all, compared with some fancy shoes, ZOOM FREAK 1 is rather practical. Whether you choose it for combat or daily wearing, it just turns out to be super comfortable.

Even for those who have high instep, ZOOM FREAK 1 won’t fail them either–it is easy for putting on and taking off.

FREAK 1 equips with low-top design, aiming at offering flexibility for consumers. It is the mesh upper that plays an important role in wrapping. In the heel part, Nike adds some foam padding and uses a slight indentation. With these settings, the stability of the ankle is sufficient after the laces are fastened.

Some reviewers remarked, “The shoe’s wrapping has, for the most part, reached such high a level that you may not think of it as a low-top one.

In terms of support, the design of two backhooks on the vamp plays a significant role. But as a result of the overall hardness of the engineering mesh upper, it still incurs a large deformation. But the forefoot has installed an anti-rollover design, so there is no need worrying about the problem of twisting.

There doesn’t seem any originality in the materials and designs, but this time the outsole of FREAK 1 is rather innovative. Nike doesn’t adapt the regular way of making the outsole, but it adapts a combination of rubber and crystal to make up  the outsole. And when it comes to the pattern of the outsole, the crystal  part is made of rose-shaped texture while the rubber is irregularly distributed grains. So there is simply no complaint about this. As for its performance, well, it just performs too well to be true. Over the course of the outfield combat, FREAK 1 had an outstanding grip. Whenever there are stop or direction change or other movements, the sole can maintain efficient ground feedback. Of course, slight slippage during the quick stop can’t be avoided. But it can’t be a problem as well.

The outsole looks good though,  it’s a little impractical because after 2 hours’ outdoor testing, it showed a noticeable rough edge. However, this is especially normal for the outer part of the outsole for it has to bear more grip. Therefore, if you want it to be long-lasting, you’d better not wear it on rough courts.

As antetokounmpo’s first signature shoe, the FREAK 1 is unlikely to have a surprising mid-sole option. But after all, it is not very expensive. The fact that Antetokounmpo likes to wear Kobe sneakers makes sense when FREAK 1 uses 2 layers’  ZOOM AIR cushion in the heel and PHYLON in the fore part. Such setup requires little time breaking in and feedback is prompt. The heel with double air cushion can give a particularly obvious feedback effect, which is very useful for those who seek for breakthrough.


The Nike Zoom Freak 1 is, as it were, one of the more anticipated releases in the basketball world this summer. And since we’ve seen it and learn about its performance, there is no need introducing more.  It is the performance that we’re really interested in and so far the Freak 1 performs like a beast and has been holding up well on-court. You can expect.