10 Best Adidas Running Shoes Reviewed
Adidas is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second largest worldwide. Adidas running shoes jumpstarted in the 1930s when Christoph Von Wilhelm Dassler, a shoe factory worker, took what he knew and started putting together his own sports shoes at home. A crucial turning point for the brand occurred at the 1936 Summer Olympics when U.S. sprinter Jesse Owens wore Adidas to win four gold medals, increasing the demand for Adidas footwear overnight. Since that time the trend for Adidas sports shoes has been consistently upwards and the quality and performance just keeps getting better while the cost of the shoes remains comfortable.
Adidas consistently release high performing running shoes, this means that even though they have released new shoe models, the earlier models are also still available ( unless discontinued) and worth adding to your running gear if you prefer to stay with a shoe which you have already tried and prefer.
With this thought in mind, we have updated our top ten shoes and retained recent top choices for you. This means you get more choice in our review with tried and tested and recent updates or shoe releases.
- Ultra Boost 3
- New Primeknit Style/Boost Cushion
- Duramo 7
- Durable ADIWEAR outsole
- CloudFoam Race
- Ideal for Plantar Fasciitis
10 Best Adidas Running Shoes
1. Adidas Ultra Boost 3
The Adidas Ultra Boost were pretty much designed for marathon runners. Every single component of this running shoe is geared towards and designed around, the long distance runner. Primeknit flexes with tester’s feet, a trosion system adds heel support, and energy return all rate very high with runners. They are the most expensive model, but our partnership with Amazon is able to reduce the price.
One of the most comfortable models tested. Materials are nice and breezy, keeping runner’s feet dry and cool during long distance runs.
Quality / Durability
Great durability and the best of quality. The Ultra Boost will last long. They are meant for the marathon.
New PrimeKnit Upper
Added Boost Cushion
Highly rated marathon runner
High marks on feedback and response
Outsole is very light and very breathable
Built in torsion systemPrimeknit expands with feet for a great fit
- Most expensive model
2. Adidas Performance Duramo 7
Initially, the shoe seems really stiff, but they don’t take too long to break in. After that, they are extremely comfortable, even enough to wear for long periods of time. The comfort comes partly from the Seamless, bonded upper construction, reduced weight and natural movement from the Anatomically placed deep flex grooves. Also, the Breathable mesh lining and Air mesh upper offer maximum breathability. They do, however, run about a size smaller.
Quality / Durability
Other experiencing the normal wear and tear of a consistently used running shoe, these don’t seem to be plagued with any major quality issues that might affect the overall durability.
- ADIWEAR outsole for durability in high-wear areas
- Breathable air mesh upper
- EVA sock-liner for comfort and support
- Full-length ADIPRENE for great cushioning that absorbs impact
- Many color options
- Very affordable
- Could be a bit more flexible
3. Adidas NEO Men's Cloudfoam Race Running Shoe
True to the name, these really do make you feel like you are walking on clouds. The exceptional flexibility allows for a custom fit. They are great for running outdoors as the super-soft, bouncy soles reduce impact with the ground. They perform great in the warm weather, thanks to fantastic breathability. Lots of cushioning makes these a comfortable choice for Plantar Fasciitis sufferers.
Quality / Durability
Most customers agree that the shoes hold up perfectly well to lots of use. A cosmetic issue that was reported was ripping in the fabric after regular wear.
- Breathable mesh
- Cloudfoam sock liner increases cushioning
- Rubber outsole allows better traction
- A few customers note that they run a little large, making sizing tricky
4. Adidas NEO Men's Lite Racer Lifestyle Runner Sneaker
These sneakers are lightweight and easy to slip on. Customers note that they are very comfortable with excellent cushion. They are flexible but not flimsy. The breathability is so effective that you can actually feel the breeze on your toes when running.
Quality / Durability
A couple of reports state that the soles started to pull away after regular use.
- Excellent breathability
- FitFoam material provides custom comfort
- Minimalist design reduces bulk
- The back rises a little high for some
- Traction could be improved
5. Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 8
Similar to the Supernova Sequence, the Glide Boosts also have Adidas’ TORSION SYSTEM in the midsole, Air mesh upper and lining, and of course, their proprietary Boost energy-returning properties. These rate really well with customers as far as comfort and stability are concerned. These will definitely get you comfortably down the road, then back again for another go tomorrow.
Quality / Durability
These really get some great reviews. We actually didn’t find much mention of durability issues with the Adidas Glide Boost.
- Boost midsole known as the most responsive, high-energy return foam cushioning material for running shoes
- Adiprene, and Adiprene+ for responsive cushioning
- Highly rated on comfort
- Known for being stylish and attractive in lots of different color combinations
- Upper has GEOFIT technology for great fit, support, and flexibility
- Good for training and racing
- A bit pricey
6. Adidas AlphaBounce
The comfort and stability for this shoe is partly provided by features such as the Air mesh upper and open mesh tongue, EVA Stable Frame midsole, Continental Rubber for optimal grip and, of course, Boost’s energy-returning properties. The shoes really make the grade with many runners who have tried them out. However, they do need some time to break in and also run a little small.
Quality / Durability
Overall the quality of the shoe is very good. They have done well enough to last through some pretty rigorous runs such as marathons and other demanding sessions.
- Allows smooth transitions
- Very supportive midsole
- Strong on support and cushioning for real comfort
- High cushioning isn't for everyone
7. Adidas Performance Response Boost 2 Techfit
With features such as Adidas’ techfit upper, which provides a natural, flexible support and a seamless, sock-like fit, polyurethane sockliner for optimized cushioning and Partial EVA midsole, It is no wonder that this shoe rates well with customers. They do run a bit small, so it’s best to try them on first before purchasing online.
Quality / Durability
There are some reported issues with side stitching that tends to come loose. Other than that, there aren’t any other major issues to be concerned about.
- Average weight makes these shoes versatile – great for anyone
- Boost midsole for responsive, springy cushioning and propulsion mechanics
- Techfit upper flexes naturally with the foot
- Torsion system for balance in midfoot and stability
- Runs a half size small
- Some reported durability issues with the outsole
8. Adidas Performance UltraBOOST Laceless
This running shoe gives a new approach to running footwear. This is a laceless version of one of their top running shoes.
The first stand out feature is PrimeKnit tech, this allows a sense of dynamic freedom while wearing the shoe while retaining stability and support, the shoe gives a compressive secure FIT and a designed in shoe collar which is seamless making the shoe upper completely seamless.
A combination of Yarn engineering and PrimeKnit have brought about the possibility of a shoe which does not need laces. Runners find this concept or potential as a totally new concept well worth trying out. This new and highly innovative shoe upper sits securely atop a BOOSTTM durable sole which feeds back boosting energy during a run.
Adidas carried out in-depth studies using a motion tracking tech known as Aramis to accurately determine the movement of the body to ensure the best engineering and design were put into designing the shoe. The final product is a shoe that is very stylish, has minimalistic characteristics while giving functionality and reliable support.
Gone is the need to lace up, on offer is a unique shoe with a unique outline, think about this and consider trying out this innovative groundbreaking shoe.
This shoe retains all the stability for which Adidas has become so trusted, PrimeKnit tech blended with Yarn inspired engineering means you get a shoe which compressively, securely and comfortably retains FIT while running and the upper is seam free so no worries about irritation. Breathability is designed in to ensure dry, cool comfortable feet.
Quality / Durability
Adidas is all about giving quality and this is reflected in the materials used in the construction of this shoe. The upper gives durability combined with comfort, the sole is durable and ensures a consistent feedback of energy to top up your boost while running.
Not a cheap cost as you are paying for new innovative forward thinking shoe technology which means you get a high performing addition to your running gear.
Sole with energy feedback
No need to tie up laces
It's a new concept, some runners feel cautiuos
9. Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX
Gore-Tex throughout the shoe for great comfort and waterproofing. Sock liner is molded and midsole is EVA for extended cushioning. Testers took them outdoors for long periods of time and the Swift’s get the job done.
Quality / Durability
Although the fit and comfort rate high, there are some issues with the stitching coming loose after a short amount of use. The issue certainly doesn’t make up the majority of the reviews, although it is something to look into.
- Best Adidas hiking shoe tested
- Gore-Tex everywhere for breathability and waterproofing
- Tough, durable design
- Incredible selection of colors!
- A little expensive, but worth it.
10. Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 6
These may not be ideal for all types of runners, however if you fit into the group of those who find that this shoe works, the comfort and overall stability is exceptional. These are also pretty versatile, being comfortable enough for all day wear. It is worth noting that
these do run a bit small. it is a good idea to try them on in a store before purchasing online.
Quality / Durability
The Boston Boost doesn’t seem to have any major issues with regards to quality or durability of wear.
- Breathable and flexible Coolever mesh upper
- Bouncy and responsive running experience thanks to Torsion system
- Roomy toe box
- Some thought they ran a bit smaller in size
Best Adidas Trail Running Shoes
Adidas Kanadia Tr 7
The synthetic mesh/textile design of the Adidas Performance Men's Kanadia 7 TR M is conducive to ultimate ease of wear with the highest standards of breathability and maximum support.
This has proven to be one of the more high quality shoes on the list. The toe lift design allows less wear and tear on the front part of the shoe, lessening holes in the toe area of the shoe.
The pricing on these shoes vary depending upon size and gender. They range anywhere from the very reasonable to the more high end price in range.
- Shoes comes in a wide and varying array of colors and styles.
- They are very durable and hold up very well.
- These shoes often run too big in size.
Adidas Supernova Riot
While featuring some of the best grip aspects of any shoe sold today, the comfort level is raised even higher due to the fact that they keep runners' feet dry, even in the drabbest running conditions.
The quality in these Supernova Adidas shoes is noticeable to the touch. The only known issue is that there can be some wear likely to occur near the top of the shoe where the strap covers the shoelaces.
These are among the highest priced Adidas, which may be a turn off for some buyers.
- Boost energy system, each stride is more productive.
- The lacing system is very convenient.
- Being a high top, this shoe protects the ankles from twisting and spraining.
- The Velcro strap that wraps around the top of the shoe is prone to catching fabrics.
- The forefront of the shoe has a tendency to stiffen up a bit.
Adidas Performance Vigor 6 TR
The center tongue loops produce a firm fit that carefully hugs the foot. The amazing grip found in these Adidas Performance Men's Vigor 6 TR Trail Running Shoe is also a feature that adds a great deal of stability to the wearer.
The shoe holds up well except for where the sole is prone to flexing. In this area, the shoe will sometimes crease or crack.
Dependent upon the size and the gender of the shoe chosen, these shoes can range anywhere from the low end of the pricing spectrum to the mid-to-high price range.
- This shoe comes in four distinct and differing styles.
- The tongue of the shoes stays firmly in place and is not prone to shifting during use.
- The midsole, too, is often a bit firmer and stiff than many running shoes of this style.
Adidas Vigor Bounce
The rubber sole on this shoe, along with its standing lacing design, makes this one very breathable shoe. At 9.9 ounces, this Adidas shoe also offers a solid feel when worn.
The quality of these shoes is felt as soon as they are lifted from the shelf. The Bounce engineering also adds to the quality, while the weight of the shoe lends itself to a sold running experience.
The smaller sizes of this shoe are quite reasonably priced, yet the larger sizes, as well as some color choices, can make these shoes a bit on the expensive side.
These shoes are comfortable enough to be worn for extended periods of time.
- The length and width design of the shoe are quite popular.
These shoes it is suggested that a size up be chosen, though in some cases this can make them a bit too large. It is important to size up on these, as well.
Adidas Kanadia 7 GTX
This shoe offers a design that is good for both trail running, as well as day to day use. They are lightweight, yet they cradle and hug the foot in a way that is firm without being restrictive.
These shoes not only hold up solidly even with consistent, hard hitting usage, but they also maintain quality on wet surfaces, which often make shoes peel or come apart.
These shoes tend to be in the low to middle range. They are a very reasonably priced trail running shoe.
The shoes hug the foot and make for a very stable feeling while running
These shoes keep the runners foot far dryer, even when dashing through puddles, than most other shoes.
- They can be prone to being a bit stiff when first worn, particularly in the sole area.
Adidas Terrex Skychaser
These shoes offer security and reliability in each step via a firm fit combined with ultra traction.
This is one of the best shoes on the market in terms of durability as well as a high standard of quality and astute design.
The high-end pricing may be a turn off for some buyers as these can be very expensive
The shoes are good not only for running and training, but they also excel at hiking, and biking.
An all around good shoe for most rugged outdoor settings.
- The sizing of this shoe is often a bit too snug for those who are not used to running in tighter shoes.
Adidas Outdoor Tracerocker
Offering the Adidas TRAXION technology, these shoes are the ideal combination of reliable stability mixed with some of the best gripping soles to be found on any shoe.
The quality found on this particular model of Adidas shoe is mid level when compared to some other design from Adidas as these have a been known to wear near the sole rather quickly.
The Adidas Outdoor Tracerocker trail runner's shoe is one of the lower priced to middle high priced shoes in the Adidas line.
- These shoes rate quite high with customers who crave a high level of comfort.
- The shoe fit is a great design for those that also long for a more narrow fit.
- The tight, narrow fit may also be a bit too confining for those with a wider foot.
Adidas Outdoor Gsg9
The firm feel of the shoe make them a wise choice for trail runners.
They are also very popular among those who are seeking a shoe with a solid grip.
- They are said to have a “clunky” feel for some runners not used to a heavier shoe.
Adidas Performance Thrasher 1.1
Adidas has always been a leader when it comes to matching comfortable shoes with strong durability and the ability to hold up to repeated use. They hug the foot in a way that makes for not only a comfortable feel but also one that actually works to conform to the terrain as well. The high tongue offers added cushioning to the top of the runner's foot
Made with ample stitching and attention to detail, The weight and overall feel of the shoe lends itself to longevity.
These shoes are commonly found to be lower in cost and going up to the low-mid range price bracket. Quite reasonable in most instances.
- One of best things about this shoe that they were built to hold up to repeated workouts
- The look is “Classic Adidas” with a modern twist.
- They also fit with optimum breathability taken into account.
- These shoes almost always run at least a half size too large
- When wearing does occur, it tends to be near the folds
Adidas Performance Men's Duramo 7 M Trail Runner
To maximize high performing breathability, enjoy the seamless upper constructed as Air Mesh, specific for trail running you get the cloud-foam cushion to ensure serious comfort and protection. You can rely on multi-direction grip through the Traxion outsole system. This shoe scores very high for stability and comfort. The shoe is true to size and suits runners for supination due to the slightly thicker designed midsole.
Quality / Durability
Constructed from an innovative combination of reliable high-quality materials, you are guaranteed durability blended with quality and style.
Dig a little deeper, the shoe is a worthwhile addition to gear for trail runners.
Super cushion factor
Very good breathability
Pay a bit more in return for high performance and quality
Running, though, is where Adidas got its start, and it’s where it remains one of the strongest brands today. The best Adidas running shoes have breathable mesh uppers, flex-fit technology, notably cushioned support and responsiveness, and high-quality, durable materials. Adidas shoes are particularly loved by runners for their comfort and just-lightweight-enough construction that keeps them going whether they’re training, hiking, walking, or racing.
You can’t go wrong with Adidas. They come in styles that are simple and classic or trendy and bright. Beyond their good looks and personality, they’ve got the technology to back them up, and comfort that’s straight-up unparalleled. Runners prize Adidas as some of the best running shoes because they easily translate from the trails to the gym to everyday walking and training. They’re a brand that’s been around a long time, and if you meet an Adidas enthusiast, you’ll begin to understand why they keep going back for more.
Whereas a lot of high-quality running shoes come at a high price and then prove to have low durability or comfort, Adidas’ footwear tends to be both affordable and long-lasting. These are the best Adidas running shoes, but take a look at their website and you’ll see that Adidas is going in all sorts of directions and supports all types of athletes with the same exciting designs, high quality, and classic look. Adidas running shoes are lightweight and highly responsive, which means they’ll keep you going for a long, long time, and you won’t have to deal with any discomfort during or after your workout. Cheers to the gym, trails, races, or wherever you’re off to! Bring your Adidas with you.
The Criteria Used When Choosing The Best Adidas Running Shoes:
Adidas Mainstream Versus Adidas Performance
This is the first and most important consideration to make. Unlike several running shoe companies (Brooks, Mizuno, etc.), Adidas manufactures a ton of shoes per year. Most of these shoes may look like running shoes, but they are not intended for performance. Walking around your local department store, you are likely to see miles of rows of Adidas sneakers. You will not see any of those Adidas on our list. Remember that Adidas brings lower quality models to market for bargain shoppers and expensive basketball sneakers (NBA star sponsored) for users that are more fashion conscious than they are athletic. That’s fine; we’re not here to question their marketing tactics. Their performance shoes are high quality, receive excellent real-world recommendations, and are constructed with care. However, it’s important to us that our readers understand this subtle nuance that may be overlooked.
The Very Best Of Adidas Performance Technology
All of our selections include the very best of their performance technology. We also checked with hardcore marathon runners, outdoor enthusiasts, and everyday casual users to ensure that they are updated models with the latest features that are tried and true. Boost is one of these features. This is a soft and responsive midsole material that is rated high among long-distance runners. It stays uncompressed longer; this means that your last mile will still feel the same as your first mile. Primeknit is Adidas’ version that is similar to Nike’s Flyknit technology. What you have is a highly durable and breathable lightweight fabric that actually expands with your feet as you log in longer wear times. It’s a great synthetic material. Testers also enjoyed Adidas’ Torsion System. It’s not just a fancy name for arch support. For neutral runners and those who experience slight pronation, this support system has come through and changed the way they run. These are the types of features we looked for in our selections, not Kanye West’s latest fashion tips.
Something For Our Road Runners, And Something For Our Trail Runners
We’re really excited to bring you some very special outdoor Adidas models that rank very high among outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Most sites overlook the fact that some runners like to hit the great outdoors and explore Mother Nature. Our trail rated selections are great for different types of adventures. For our road and treadmill runners, we selected the best of the best as well. Listening to runners with different lifestyles and workouts helped us to bring the best Adidas models to the forefront; you’re sure not to be disappointed.
We know that our readers want running shoes that will last. Additionally, we are bringing you a buying guide that is focused on run-specific footwear (faster times, trail, basic training, daily running). This means that durability is a quality that we wanted to focus on when making our selection. If you’re looking for a cushioned running shoe, for example, you want one that will last and feel consistency mile after mile. All the Adidas on our guide feature quality construction and durable material so they give you performance day in and day out. We know that worrying about your running shoes is the last thing you want to be doing in the final mile of your marathon.
Other Important Things to Consider When Selecting Your Adidas Running Shoes
Adidas is almost divided into two separate companies. Their “lifestyle brand” and their performance brand for real runners. We’ve taken the guesswork out of differentiating between the two so no matter which model you choose, you are sure to get their performance features without any hype. However, before you go, take a look at the wide range of feedback and data we went through when compiling our selections. This will help you choose a running shoe that’s right for you. It’s important that you make a selection that makes sense for your purposes and what you plan to do with them. Below you will find some personal factors to take into consideration when making your choice.
If you’ve arrived at this buying guide with the hopes of selecting a tough and dependable outdoor shoe, you’ve come to the right place! Keep this in mind when making your selection: how fast are you going to go? This is because we have different models for different speeds and they are highly rated for specific needs. The Terrex Swift is meant for a trail hiker with time to explore Mother Nature and will handle movement in all directions and elevations. It’s also very capable of running, just not built for speed. The Terrex Fast is for trail runners that will be going full force and don’t have time to worry about photo stops. The Fast is a highly rated cross-country trail runner and a solid selection if this is what you’re looking for.
Make A Selection That Matches Your Pronation Needs
If you’re a runner with slight pronation issues or just enjoy a little extra support, you’re going to want to look out for the models that feature the Adidas Torsion System. As previously mentioned, it’s a lot more than a fancy term for arch support. Testers found it to be a very callable addition that made a significant change in the feel of their strides. The key is the ability of the design to allow the forefoot and the rear of the foot to move independently. This will make slight differences in surfaces undetectable as you step through them.
Don’t Forget About Your Foot Width
Adidas Primeknit technology is ideal for the marathon runner. It’s lightweight, highly breathable, and actually expands as your feet swell towards the end of your runs. This highly rated upper material is a rival to anything else that’s currently on the market. However, don’t forget that it’s snug on purpose. So if you have a wider foot, or have has issues with footwear being too narrow for you in the past, you may want to make a selection without Primeknit uppers. A comfortable fit is a key to a better overall experience.
Your Cushioning Needs
If cushioning is important to you, either because of your foot strike or for comfort reasons, make a selection that features Adidas Boost. These models will be slightly pricier, but they are worth every single penny. Testers noted that the cushioning levels are consistency through their runs, meaning that compression integrity is strong on these models. Don’t overlook this critical component if you’re looking for quality, dependable cushioning in your footwear, it’s worth it!
We’re confident that by taking some of these factors into consideration when making your choice, you’ll find an Adidas product that is perfect for you. Before you get out there and run, we’ve also compiled some frequently asked questions that commonly arise when searching for a new running shoe.
Q: Where can I find the best deal on Adidas running shoes?
A: As mentioned earlier throughout the guide, keep in mind that Adidas pumps the market with lower quality sneakers for the bargain shopper. These are not running shoes that can be recommended by any means. For their high-performance models, we partner with Amazon to bring the best prices anywhere and quality selections that have been vetted by runners from all walks (or runs) of life.
Q: What are some of Adidas’ strong points in their performance footwear?
A: Well, for one thing, Adidas running shoes hold the top three spots in world record marathon times. Additionally, their performance selections have been put through their paces and have made the cut when compared to their higher priced counterparts. It’s really all about performance. Adidas has made strong changes as a company to ensure their users that they are still “all in” when it comes to performance. The results speak for themselves.
Q: How long can I expect my Adidas running shoes to last?
A: Running shoes, regardless of brand, should be replaced every 300-500 miles. Make sure that you’re keeping an estimate of how long you’ve kept your shoes for and how much you’ve run in them. Remember, even if they look great, they can lose integrity after 300 miles, so check their tread to prevent unnecessary injuries. Most seasoned runners keep a detailed running log and a solid rotation of running shoes to make sure their footwear stays fresh.
Q: I’m planning for a marathon, what do you suggest as far as selection goes?
A: Great to hear! Adidas is great for marathon running. Choose a model that best fits your arches and running style from their Boost family of running shoes. You’re going to get great cushioning, feedback from the ground, and energy returns. All the things you need for long distances. Good luck!
This was our approach when selecting the right pair of Adidas running shoes. Remember that selecting the right pair of running shoes is an investment and making a selection that is based on personal use and needs is crucial. We hope this guide provided you with all the information you need when making you a choice between form and function. Thanks for following along with us. Now make the perfect selection for you and keep running!
Here are some sources we used while conducting our research
It’s important to use a wide variety of sources to ensure quality information. We like to utilize trusted running enthusiasts and manufactures when providing our readers with the most up-to-date statistics found in all our buying guides. We are also very interested in taking what everyday users have to say about specific products, and we perform our due diligence to make sure that quality research goes into every guide. Here are some sources which helped us with this guide: