Skechers Burst Donlen

7.8
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The Burst Donlen is a Skechers brand casual sneaker. It features a unique insole design that offers superior breathability. The Burst lineup includes numerous styles including the Donlen version. The Donlen is the men’s version of the athletic-styled Burst shoe. Women can try out the Skechers Fine Vine. The lightweight shoe is Skechers’ attempt to compete with higher-end offerings such as the Nike Flyknit and Adidas Boost. The affordable sneaker offers comfort and a trendy design that’s on par with its low price tag.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Very breathable
  • Comfortable
  • An array of colors and styles available
  • Material dries quickly
  • Grippy sole
  • Durable construction
Cons
  • Knit material is delicate
  • Some found the shoe not as supportive as they would have liked
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Donlen’s Burst Grip outsole technology is very grippy, according to reviewers. The outsole also has a reasonably flexible feel to it, as well, say users who tried out the Skechers casual sneaker.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Burst’s midsole offers a moderate amount of cushioning for lifestyle wear purposes. Reviewers felt that the Donlen provided decent comfort considering its price tag. Users also liked that there was adequate arch support in the midfoot area.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Donlen’s upper is composed of knit material. Inside is the highlight of the casual sneaker. The removable memory foam air cool insole makes for an incredibly comfortable and breathable interior. The shoe also features a well-cushioned tongue and ankle collar for added plushness.
Weight
Weight

Weight

For a casual fashion shoe, the Skechers Burst is incredibly lightweight. The men’s sneaker weighs about 7.5 ounces. Reviewers loved how lightweight the shoe felt.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The advanced memory foam insole of the Donlen features air-cool technology so that wearers never feel overheated wearing the shoe. Reviewers loved how breathable the shoe felt and found the interior extremely comfortable. The insole is removable, but why you would want to replace it is beyond us.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Reviewers agreed that while the Donlen isn’t the most comfortable casual sneaker on the market, for the price many had no complaints. The cushioning is generous, and there’s enough arch support in the midfoot for wearers who need it. The plush ankle collar and tongue add another dimension of comfort. And best of all, the air cool insole keeps the interior temperature well regulated.
Style
Style

Style

The Skechers fashion sneaker looks an awful lot like similar trendy casual options from brands like Nike or Adidas. Reviewers were happy to have a less expensive fashion footwear option like the Donlen available to them. The knit upper looks sleek and pairs well with a variety of outfits. The men’s shoe is available in all black or all grey.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Reviewers had nothing negative to say about durability but don’t expect these to last as long as similarly styled higher priced shoes from other brands. The knit material is a little more delicate than that used in other shoe models.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The fashion-oriented Donlen offers a minimal amount of protection in the form of midsole cushioning. In addition, the air cool midsole prevents overheating from occurring. The shoe also has a grippy Burst outsole for traction.
Support
Support

Support

The Burst offers adequate midfoot arch support, which reviewers appreciated. Otherwise, the fit is supportive enough for casual wear purposes.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The grippy Burst outsole delivers decent traction on surfaces you might encounter on a regular day, but don’t expect trail-specific features in the outsole.
Price
Price

Price

Reviewers were impressed with the Donlen’s quality and comfort considering its price tag. The budget fashion sneaker offers a degree of comfort on par with its cost. All the while the Burst looks similar to more expensive fashion-type shoes on the market. If you’re looking for a fashionable footwear option but aren’t keen on spending hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes, the Donlen is an excellent choice.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Skechers Burst shoe features a Burst Grip outsole. Reviewers characterized the outsole as grippy and felt it was well-made for casual wear purposes.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Reviewers described the feel of the Donlen as flexible thanks to the bendy outsole design. For casual wear, the outsole provides the right amount of flex for a natural heel to toe motion.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The neutral casual sneaker doesn’t incorporate any stability-specific features but is supportive enough that reviewers didn’t feel the need to call the shoe sloppy or ill-fitting. The knit upper fits snugly and comfortably.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Skechers does not list a drop height for the Burst Donlen shoe.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Unique memory foam insole with air cool technology
Knit upper design
Removable insole
Burst Grip outsole construction
Women’s version is the Fine Vine
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Skechers Burst Donlen is a very affordable fashion-oriented sneaker. It combines comfort and style without the expensive price tag of other sneaker brand models. The Donlen also has an impressive insole that features air cool technology for ultimate breathability. The super lightweight design is paired with a quality, grippy outsole.

A well-padded tongue and ankle collar add a bit of luxurious comfort and wearers also get a dose of arch support thanks to a supportive midfoot design. The shoe is flexible but not flimsy and feels well-cushioned for its intended purpose. For the budget conscious fashion-forward wearer, the Donlen is a worthwhile purchase.