Verdict from 10 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users like the Adidas 4D Run 1.0 for its 4D midsole performance.
  • A lot of the runners mention the shoe’s extremely comfortable feel.
  • The shoe is very springy and offers great energy return said some users.
  • Many wearers are in awe of the shoes’ futuristic aesthetics.
  • Some users note that the shoe is well-cushioned yet still supportive.
  • Most users say that the Adidas 4D Run 1.0 is a versatile shoe that can be worn from road runs to casual wear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It is mentioned by a few users that the 4D Run 1.0 is on the expensive price range.
  • A handful of users note that the shoe's weight is on the heavier side.

Bottom line

For someone looking for a versatile and eye-catching Adidas running shoe, look no further. The Adidas 4D Run 1.0 is not only packed with the most advanced shoe technologies, but it also stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique colorways. This neutral running shoe is a third-year celebratory release for the Adidas' 4D technology. The 4D Run 1.0 does come at the higher end of pricing, but considering the combination of optimum performance and innovation that the shoe delivers, the price is somewhat justified.

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Good to know

The Futurecraft technology by Adidas has already come a long way since they introduced its first 3D-printed midsole last 2016. That adaptable cushioning technology now goes by 4D, and it is noticeably a far cry from its predecessor.

In line with this revamped technology, Adidas has partnered with California-based firm, Carbon, for its first 4D running shoe, the Adidas 4D Run 1.0. It is the first neutral running shoe made with light and oxygen in a 3D printing machine. Innovatively designed for the future of running, the 4D Run 1.0 is a product of 17 years worth of sports data. The analyzed athlete data from 4,000 runners looked at pressure maps from each time the runners landed. This information was essential in developing further the science behind the 4D midsole.

As mentioned in the shoe’s name, the most noticeable feature in the Adidas 4D Run 1.0 is its 4D midsole. Using the most advanced 3D printing and the science of Digital Light Synthesis, the Adidas 4D Run 1.0 came to existence. This shoe technology allows the 4D midsole to absorb pressure from all possible angles, while also adapting to the wearer's steps for that uncomparable comfort.

The Adidas 4D Run 1.0 comes in standard medium sizing D for men. This innovative running shoe from Adidas was reviewed mostly as true to size. However, the majority of users recommend going half a size up to one's usual shoe size to guarantee a perfect fit.

The 4D Run 1.0 also has a textile upper and 4D midsole that offers a snug and comfortable fit. Further enhancing the shoe's fit is the heel clip that provides the necessary hold to the wearer's feet.

Same as with the well known Adidas Ultraboost 19, the outsole of the 4D Run 1.0 is made of a full-length, single-density Continental rubber. It offers good durability and traction for both indoor and outdoor activities. The Continental rubber outsole delivers high-mileage wear for that long term use. It guarantees 30% more traction in dry conditions and 32% more traction in wet conditions compared to regular rubber outsole materials.

The Adidas 4D Run 1.0 has a digitally-printed midsole that's crafted based on 17 years of athlete data, which is an innovation in the world of sports. Made using a process called Digital Light Synthesis, the brand uses light to 3D-print the intricate lattice. This results in a comfortable, responsive, and lightweight unit that's perfect for both the city streets and the race track. These insights created a unique 3D-printed lattice structure tuned to cushion and support feet exactly where needed when on the move. Also, what this delivers underfoot is a softer heel landing and a firmer midsole as the runner move to the front of the foot. This results in a smooth and stable ride, with the right balance of support under the arch of the foot.

The soft and squishy 3D printed midsole remains the same shade in all colorways and looks like something from the future.

The shoes' upper is constructed with a breathable Primeknit material that is reinforced with synthetic overlays at the toe tip and heel counter. The Primeknit upper is created with Parley Ocean Plastic®, which is made from recycled plastic intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean. This makes the upper material not only eco-friendly but it also guarantees breathability, flexibility, and a snug fit.

The well known rubberized Three Stripe branding also graces the lateral and medial side panels. At the same time, what seems to be a hint of premium leather hits the tongue, and completing the premium feel is the Adidas logo printed across it in a matte finish.

Around the back, a glossy heel counter is presented for an unbelievable amount of support and stability with every step.

The Adidas 4D Run 1.0 is then finished off with a traditional lace closure for a secure and supportive feel.


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