Adidas Madoru

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Adidas MadoruReview Facts

At first look, the Adidas Madoru strongly resembles the average running shoe from Adidas, but looks can be deceiving. The Adidas Madoru is an inexpensive, lightweight option that can be used for daily running, track racing, and gym training, just to name a few uses. The Madoru 2.0 might already be available, but there are still characteristics of the first Adidas Madoru that still label it as unique and desirable. Take a look at the details of one of today’s “hidden gems” of the running shoe market from the Adidas brand.

Pros
  • Inexpensive 
  • Generally comfortable
  • Flexible
  • Generous arch support
  • Spacious fit
  • Very breathable
Cons
  • Second version has updated features
  • Weight is on the higher side on the scale
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Adidas Madoru has an outsole that is made with the AdiWear rubber material. This outsole looks very similar to Adidas’ StretchWeb, except there are a high volume of flex grooves added. With such a strong rubber, runners will be able to use the Adidas Madoru daily without signs of frequent use. The outsole has a light tread for road traction but nothing too obnoxious where it would cause more harm than good. The outsole has “adiwear” printed in small print towards the heel, along with the Adidas logo on the forefoot.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole takes up almost two-thirds of the Madoru running shoe. The Adiprene+ foam in the midsole serves as the foundation for underfoot comfort and natural foot movements. This foam consists of a lightweight EVA, so you expect it to be responsive. Although there are a lot of runnings shoes that utilize EVA material in their midsole, it is surprising coming from Adidas, especially because they have the Boost technology available to them, which has the ability to enhance the runner’s experience tremendously.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper is a contributing factor to the shoe’s overall comfort and breathability. Adidas’ AirMesh fabric is applied throughout the entirety of the upper. The sides of the shoe are made with a material similar to leather, and have air holes on top of the Adidas three stripe logo. There are also stitched overlays located at the midfoot. These overlays are used for extra support, as well as a unique look. At the forefoot, there seems to be that same material forming a toe guard, followed by a more stretchy mesh material. This material molds the shape of the foot, while the midfoot and heel have more of a pre-structured shape to it.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Most competition shoes are lightweight so that runners can take off and run to their full potential. The Adidas Madoru weighs 8.5 ounces for men, and 7.6 ounces for women. These are decent weights for a shoe that can be used for both everyday running and races. Those who will have the biggest complaints will be runners who use the Madoru for competitive purposes, because they need to feel light on their feet so that they can produce a high level of speed.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

While the Madoru doesn’t have a sock-like texture, it is still considered to be breathable. The holes laced throughout the midfoot make prove this shoe to be an excellent option during hot weather runs. In addition to the overlays, you can see that the mesh lining within the upper can allow airflow to easily enter the shoe. Runners who like to go out in high temperatures won’t need to worry about accumulating sweat within their shoe, because the Madoru’s upper produces maximum airflow so that the foot can stay cool and dry. Despite the leather-esk materials the high volume of air holes will help support the enhanced breathability that the Maduro has to offer.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Due to the surplus of cushioning within the Adidas Madoru, comfort is a strong selling point for the shoe. As soon as you put this shoe on, you will be greeted with immediate comfort. The Madoru has a plush cushioning within the ankle collar, with an interior made of a very soft fabric. The full length Adiprene+ foam has plenty of cushioning that keeps the foot comfortable no matter the running conditions. You could basically compare the cushioning in the Madoru to that of a pillow and you would be stating a valid argument. In addition to cushioning, the extra room within the shoe adds on to the comfort. Although these shoes were designed for the average foot, runners with extra wide or stiff feet will be able to easily put on these shoes and go out for a run. This shoe is available in wide, extra wide, and medium, with sizes 7-14 in men’s and 4-12 in women’s.
Style
Style

Style

The Madoru looks like nothing more than the average Adidas running shoe. The two color schemes seen the most is the Adidas traditional black and white, as well as the dark grey/white/vivid red combination. With each version, the midsole is white, the outsole has a color to it, and the Adidas stripes are on the midfoot and easily visible, although with the airflow holes throughout the material. While this shoe is primarily designed to be a competitive running shoe, the color schemes available can translate it into a casual shoe as well.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The fact that runners will be paying a low price for a long lasting product proves the value of the Adidas Madoru. If you break down the money you pay for this shoe versus how many miles you will get out of it, you will soon realize that this is an extraordinary bargain. The Durability within the Adidas Madoru is advanced, so you can expect it to last long no matter how long or far you run. The AdiWear rubber on the outsole is considered to be one of the strongest materials that Adidas has released. Most of the running shoes released by Adidas contain AdiWear because they are expected the meet the high demands of daily runners and racers. In addition to the outside of the shoe, the EVA in the midsole is expected to be extremely durable; taking on the runner’s weight, as well as the impact from the ground.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Extra cushioning directly correlates to foot protection. Starting with underfoot protection, both the midsole and outsole work together in order to avoid discomfort. The cushioning in the midsole protects the bottom of the foot from any shock coming from the ground, which is highly likely to happen, especially on the road terrain. The responsive EVA works with this material to absorb whatever energy occurs, and protect the feet in the process. The durable outsole adds another layer of protection; taking on the initial impact from the ground. The cushioning around the ankle collar also adds to the overall protection of the foot area. Having a plush collar with a soft fabric interior will allow most runners to wear low cut socks and encounter blisters, which can become extremely painful over time and affect the wearer’s overall running performance. In addition, there is a visible toeguard that adds a mild shield to keep the toes from getting jammed.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The responsive cushioning used in the Adidas Madoru hit two birds with one stone by keeping the runner comfortable and springy with each step. Yes, these shoes do have a lot of soft cushioning, but it doesn’t take away from the shoe’s overall responsiveness. The lightweight EVA located in the midsole helps the runner feel light on their feet while providing much needed energy; especially on those long runs or close races. This material takes energy and applies it to the runner’s next step, which encourages them to keep going forward.
Support
Support

Support

The upper supplies the most support for the Adidas Madoru. The midfoot overlays aren’t only supposed to be used for breathability. This section of the shoe are intended to provide runners with added support. The stitched overlays help provide extra security and support for the foot. The Madoru is technically considered a “neutral” shoe, meaning that it is for runners who don’t need any additional support in the arch area. Granted, some testers have claimed that the shoe slightly supports the arch, but not at a level that makes a difference.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Based off of the look of the outsole and the average traction offered by the Madoru, it is safe to say that this running shoe from Adidas is made for the road! Whether you are a casual runner, or someone participating in races around the local track, the Adidas Madoru will work best within these conditions. Being a competition shoe, this shoe is designed for flat surfaces, such as the gym, track, the sidewalk, and the pavement.
Price
Price

Price

The price of the Adidas Madoru is extremely inexpensive, and in result the shoe is much more appealing compared to others in the market. This running shoe is a steal, because it won’t break the bank when you decide to make the final purchase.You can find the Madoru for well under $100 at all sizes. This generously reduced price could likely be a result of the second version in the Madoru line. Since the Madoru 2 will have enhanced features compared to the first Madoru, so it only makes logical sense to reduce the original price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The traction on the Adidas Madoru is reasonable, but nothing superior. The way the outsole was designed, it seems to have a light tread that will be able to grip on common road surfaces such as track, light dirt, and concrete. The strong AdiWear runner will be sure to handle the rigours of the road terrain, but nothing more. If you were to use the Adidas Madoru on a heavier terrain, such as the woods, there’s a good chance you will feel unbalanced and subsequently your run will be unproductive at worst.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

One of the things that runners will notice almost immediately when wearing the Adidas Madoru is that the shoe is drastically flexible. Although the midsole takes up a significant amount of space within the sole, the elastic outsole allows runners to bend their foot every time it hits the ground. This allows the runner to move smoothly throughout the gait cycle. At first look, some may believe that the midsole gets in the way of natural flexibility since it takes up a lot of space, but luckily for wearers, the midsole can move easily without any hesitation.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Stability is very significant for a shoe used for competition. One of the Madoru’s biggest contributors regarding stability are the stitched overlays in the midfoot area. Not only do they provide runners with support, but they also stabilize the foot when the shoelaces are tightened. The Madoru isn’t designed for any particular type of runner, such as an overpronator, so it wouldn’t be considered a stability shoe. Besides the midfoot overlays, there aren’t any other features designed to keep the foot in place.
Drop
Drop

Drop

If you didn’t know already, you can easily tell the heel to toe drop when you determine the difference in measurement between the forefoot height and the heel height. For the Adidas Madoru, the heel to toe drop is 10 millimeters in both men and women versions. This is common for the average running shoe, and will allow those who strike with their midfoot and heel to run comfortably without any extra issues such as pain in the back, knees, and ankles.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• AdiWear rubber outsole
• Adiprene+ midsole
• Lightweight AirMesh upper
• Breathable
• Soft cushioning
• Reasonable arch support
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The first version of the Madoru line has proven to be a bargain thus far. Upon purchasing, runners will gain a versatile running shoe that is superior in breathability, durability, and comfort. If you’re the type of runner that doesn’t need to have the latest version of anything, you will take advantage of this offer. Based off of the low price, durable nature, and generous cushioning, the Adidas Madoru has the ability to be an appealing shoe for both everyday runners and racers. No matter what experience level who belong to in the running niche; beginner expert, or somewhere in the middle, the Adidas Madoru can provide the tools needed for a comfortable, long lasting run!