The Adidas Alphabounce line is differentiated mostly by design. The Adidas Alphabounce RC is no different. The main components remain the same but the upper has gotten a small makeover. A few other small tweaks have also been introduced. The new heathered upper look is paired with a newer, sleeker logo. The midsole also looks a bit different, but only in appearance. It's really mostly a cosmetic update. Everything under the hood is mostly the same with the added bonus of a slight weight reduction. The Adidas Alphabounce RC is another stylish iteration in the Alphabounce line that will please runners looking for appropriately comfortable and attractive shoe wear for rest and cross-training days. The shoe is stylish, fits well, and features quality construction.
One additional small tweak is the larger, more supportive EVA heel cup. A few reviewers actually found this change compromised the overall fit of the shoe. For some, the heel cup was much too large and resulted in a sloppy fit with a lot of slippages.
If you have a particularly narrow heel, you may be able to use the traditional lacing system to tighten the ankle collar area, but make sure the fit is right before purchasing. A sloppy fit can result in the creation of hot spots, blisters, and may even cause unwanted wobbling for an unstable ride.
The logo also gets a bit of a makeover. It's sleeker and more minimalist in style. The midsole also looks a bit different, but nothing changes in terms of composition. Here's the thing, though, quite a few reviewers did not appreciate the design change. Many prefer the original Alphabounce design saying the update looks like a cheap knock-off of the first iteration. Although the heathered upper is a nice style choice, the rest of the shoe has a look that's rounder and less sleek than before. It almost looks like a cartoon version of the original. That's not to say it's an ugly shoe, it's just a different aesthetic altogether. The style of the shoe is important with the Adidas Alphabounce RC because many users tend to wear it casually. It's clear from user reviews that many choose the shoe not for its performance capabilities but for its aesthetic.
- New heathered upper style
- Midsole gets a new look
- Slight weight reduction since the original
- 10mm heel to toe drop