For more than 80 years, Adidas has placed their three-stripe statements on the feet of millions of runners worldwide. Their designs prioritize performance—but they look damn cool, too.
With dozens of running shoes currently on the market it can be tough to choose which Adidas design is going to work with your feet and your stride. That’s why we’ve honed in on the 10 most innovative, functional, and (of course) aesthetically pleasing Adidas running shoes out there right now. Whether you prefer a neutral, cushioned, or minimal shoe, you can look good and feel good with one of these picks. We’ve included shoes that you can take from running tempos to cross training to running errands and taking care of your to-do list.
Oftentimes, footwear brands have lots of “technologies” that fall victim to brand names that mean nothing to the wearer. Boost? AdiPrene+? Torsion System? All the random upper-casing and jargon can make it hard to decipher what the shoes featuring said technology can actually do for you. But a few key innovations in recent design releases from Adidas are worth a closer look.
Boost is Adidas’ midsole cushioning technology, which uses thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) energy capsules for better shock absorption. The material instantly bounces back to its original shape as you lift off to your next stride. Boost foam has been touted to offer the highest energy return of any midsole on the market, and promises a more consistent run.
ClimaProof and Gore-Tex weatherproofing technology—which you’ll see on Adidas Terrex trail shoe designs—keeps your feet dry and warm in rain, snow, or wind. The Adidas Torsion System is the brand’s take on a lightweight arch support that allows the forefoot and rear foot to move independently of one another and avoid arch strain due to excess movement. This outsole has been a linchpin in performance Adidas shoes since its creation in 1988.
This latest take on the UltraBoost is all about the essential. Adidas whittled the original design down from 17 pieces to just four performance-driven components. The result is a lighter, re-boosted silhouette with more responsiveness. The seamless upper knit holds your foot in place, and looks good doing it with muted, punchy colorways.
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These neutral running shoes are perfect for the runner who doesn’t fuss about pronation and is putting in 30 miles or less a week. The AM4 NYC’s were created using feedback and insight provided by hundreds of New York City athletes and then crafted at Adidas’ Speedfactory facility in Germany. The result is a fast, flexible, grippy shoe that prioritizes agility and comfort.
Solar Glide ST
Wearers of the Solar Glide ST praise the shoe for its out-of-the-box wearability, stability, and support. It offers a firmer ride than shoes like the UltraBoost or PureBoost, and uses a supportive stability rail and heel to lock in the—making it an ideal choice for tackling longer runs and marathon training.
This lightweight Boost model marries breathable mesh upper with a slab of Boost foam. Our wear-testers loved the shoe’s cushioning, although there isn’t much motion control without the help of stability rails. The sock-like upper was another favorite among testers; it’s a trainer you won’t want to take off immediately after you’re done running.
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Adizero Adios 3
The Adios 3 is one of the highest-rated, most-reviewed shoes on the Adidas website, and we can take nearly 200 runners’ word for their ability to make a runner feel fast. The biggest complaint to be aware of: sizing. Most buyers recommend moving up a size in the Adios 3 for a perfect fit. The shoes feature a Boost midsole and an open mesh upper with overlays for extra support—aka more support than a knit, the torsion arch support system, and a high-wear rubber outsole that can grip on dry and slick surfaces.
Adizero Tempo 9
Made for stability—but without the extra weight of a huge sole—these running shoes are designed with firm cushioning on the medial side to guide the foot from foot strike to toe-off so you don’t have to think so hard about fighting your form on longer runs. We’d recommend this shoe for fast-paced half-marathon and marathon training.
Terrex Agravic XT GTX
This shoe can handle any weather we throw at it without sacrificing a low profile and sleek looks. With Gore-Tex membranes on the upper, there is no puddle-splashing, snow-drifting, or storm-running that has been able to soak through and ruin that happy “warm and dry feet” feeling. Plus, the Continental treads give you the confidence to handle slickrock, scree, and mud just like you would some asphalt.
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Ultraboost All Terrain Shoes
These neutral shoes wrap up and hug your ankles for an added layer of security during those ice- and rain-riddled runs where the elements threaten to get the best of your legs. The super-grippy all-terrain Continental outsole can handle any surface you find yourself on, and the water-repellent Primeknit upper is soft and breathable.
The Alphabounce Beyond can take you from the treadmill to the Crossfit Box to the boxing gym and the streets without missing a beat. The Forgedmesh is zoned to support multidirectional movements, and the flexible cushioning and wide, stable platform in the forefoot and heel balance out the stability of the shoe.
The targeted and well thought-out placement of support elements in the Alphabounce Instinct—such as the bootie upper construction and Torsion Bridge—accommodate for multidirectional movement in the gym or on your run. Plus, the all-white color way is bound to get you some compliments.