Adidas have long been producing some of the best running shoes on the market. From the inception of Boost foam, the do-it-all capabilities of the Ultraboost, the performance driven adizero models, the forward thinking 4D models and everything in between, the German brand known for its three-stripes makes a shoe that will suit your running and we've rounded up the those fit for task below.
Offering up maximal levels of cushioning, the adistar is there for those who like to go long, be it slow or fast. Striking a fine balance between firmness and plush, the combination of a softer foam in the fore and mid foot and firmer in the heel, means the progression through the gait cycle becomes more controlled, something that can really make the difference when fatigue sets on on those longer runs.
A stalwart of the adidas running shoe line-up, the ultraboost has been around for a while, lost its way for a bit if we're honest, but the latest few versions got back to the shoes running roots and the latest version is a great all-rounder for anyone looking for a shoe to do it all in; from 5k to marathon, this shoe can do it. The 2022 women's model also got a total redesign, read all about that here.
For those who are after carbon fibre infused PBs, then you can't go far wrong with the adizero adios pro 2. Lightweight, cushioned and with energy rods to help propel you forward, these shoes are race proven and sit amongst the best performing when it comes to race day.
Continuing on the race proven trend but in a more stripped back guise, the adizero Takumi Sen 8 are built to go fast over race distances 5k to half marathon, but marathons too if you prefer a flatter shoe with a bit more ground feel than the larger stack height of the adizero pro 2 or Prime X. Lightening Strike foam coupled with the energy rods, plus a lightweight upper give these shoes a precise and agile feel, but if you're a bigger runner or used to plodding along, then you might want something with a bit more underfoot for longer races.
Now unless you're a pro athlete and about to attend a major IAAF sanctioned event, these shoes are technically illegal, but for us mere mortals the adizero Prime X with a chunky stack height of 50mm at the heel delivers all your cushioned shoe needs with the adizero speed that you're looking for. The stack height does take some adjusting to though, it's a lot of shoe under foot and some testers found that a bit unnerving to begin with.
When the SL20 first launched, it was all about adidas performance at a lower price point and the SL20.3 continues on this theme. For a £110 you get a no-frills, lightweight, cushioned shoe that feels at home on those easy runs as it does on tempo efforts.
We’re sold on the good-looking, fast-feeling, versatile Terrex Speed Ultra. It's a highly capable shoe over a variety of terrains, at various speeds. If you're after pair of trail shoes, these deserve to feature high up on the wish-list. Full review here.