Adidas Alphabounce AMS Fully Reviewed for Quality
The Adidas Alphabounce AMS was uniquely designed using Motion Capture technology. The result is a super stylish running shoe that looks very much, unlike most other dedicated running shoes. The look is sleek and pristine. So much so that it’s hard to fathom getting the shoe dirty at all. The neutral Alphabounce AMS featured a running-ready construction while looking good enough for regular everyday wear. A supportive, durable upper reigns in the wearer’s foot, keeping it steady and round tread design provides much-wanted traction underfoot. A moderate amount of cushioning finds itself sandwiched between the outsole and upper and offers energy-return to help runners move efficiently.
Keep reading our in-depth Adidas Alphabounce AMS review to find out if it is worth the investment.
- Super comfortable
- Versatile. Suitable for training and casual wear
- Durable construction
- Easy to wear
- Firm, responsive midsole cushioning
- Roomy forefoot area
- Relatively lightweight
- Beautiful design
- Hard to put on thanks to a narrow opening
- Shallow instep
- Sizing off so some may need to size up
- Laces are too long
- They get dirty quite quickly
- Not as breathable as some expected
Numerous round lugs underfoot, paired with a wave design, cover the outsole for maximum traction.
Some reviewers found the midsole material felt a bit too hard underfoot, but that’s likely a preference since others found the cushioning to be comfortable and supportive. The shoe is not the best option for long distances. It’s much more suited to short and middle distance running.
The shoe also features a new heel tab to help with getting the shoe on and removing it. A soft interior adds comfort, and an attached tongue improves the overall fit. You’ll notice the Adidas Alphabounce AMS has fewer lacing eyelets than an average pair of running shoes, some found the laces way too long and ended up replacing them.
Some runners mentioned that they quite enjoyed the roomy forefoot area. The more spacious toe box provides a bit of relief, primarily when heat builds up inside the shoe.
Quite a few reviewers pointed out that the shoe was a bit tricky to put on. The super narrow opening of the shoe felt almost too small for some. The new heel tab helps runners get a grip on the shoe to wedge it onto their foot, but some found the process of slipping on the shoe difficult regardless. The fused tongue makes the opening even harder to maneuver. Once the shoe is on, though, it’s comfortable and easy to wear.
Some reviewers also mentioned that the sizing felt off. They wished they had opted for a larger size. For some, the instep felt too shallow, so watch out if you have an unusually high instep.
Motion capture technology inspired the shoe's design. The motion capture tech is meant to allow designers to see the areas on the foot that require a more excellent range of movement. The technology, called Aramis, inspired the shoe’s aesthetic.
The Alphabounce AMS is the second Aramis running shoe released by Adidas. The colorways for the AMS version of the Alphabounce are a bit different. Some reviewers were disappointed in the limited color choice, but the gorgeous upper design makes up for the limited options. It’s a great looking trainer and is comfortable to wear outside of running.
Many reviewers mentioned that they purchased the shoe for its looks alone and that they had no intention of using them for training or exercise.
First off, it gets dirty very quickly. Runners wouldn't want to have an encounter with muddy trails in this shoe. Second, the Alphabounce AMS is stable but not enough to handle any kind of technical ground. The round lugs are likely to catch small rocks and pebbles and get mud lodged between them.
If you’re a runner that’s at all concerned with the look of your shoe, the price is well worth what you get. It’s a super beautiful shoe, unlike others you’ll find for sale. If you’re a casual runner who wants a shoe that can work double time as a regular fashion sneaker, this is an excellent choice. Some reviewers felt the shoe was overpriced, which is understandable if you’re not planning to wear this outside of training.
Reviewers felt the stability of the shoe could be better, but some also noted that the ankle opening felt almost too stable because it was much too tight. Making sure you get the right fit will make all the difference in the world.
- Removable insoles
- Attached tongue for better fit
- Fewer eyelets for lacing
- Heel tab to help with taking shoes off and putting them on
- TPU heel counter for added support
The unique Motion Capture design provides a unique look that will attract a variety of runners and non-runners who will get a shoe that’s comfortable, versatile, durable, and easy to wear. A few small issues like unruly laces and a small foot opening are far from being deal breakers.