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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$70
Weight
Men: 5.7oz
Women: 5.3oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Gazelle 2 is made of durable materials, making it a worthy investment.
  • Aside from running, this shoe can be used in various activities such as physical exercises.
  • Features the adiPRENE component that maximizes the protection for the runner’s foot.
  • Incredible lacing system.
  • Through the elastic TechFit technology on the shoe’s upper mesh, the toes and forefoot are allowed to move freely and comfortably, according to a few testers.
  • Comfortable to wear based on several runners’ observation.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners complain about the stretchy upper of the Adidas AdiPure Gazelle 2 because it does not hold the foot very well.
  • It is hard to maneuver especially when running on wet surfaces.
  • Because of its design, a couple of runners said that the 2nd version of the AdiPure Gazelle easily wears off.

Bottom line

The Adidas AdiPure Gazelle 2 is a running shoe that is designed for underpronators and intended for road use in a dry weather condition. Since this is a lightweight shoe, it is designed for speed work such as racing. Runners who love barefoot or minimalist running are the ones who can appreciate the performance of this shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 15 ratings

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4 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    So, I highly recommend the adidas Gazelle – they have a real winner with this shoe!

  • 93 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    For those already transitioned to minimal shoes or in the middle of transitioning, the amount of cushioning is just right – you’ll appreciate it for long distances.

  • 61 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    The stretchy upper is very comfortable, but I feel it doesn’t hold the foot in place very well while going around corners. I would like this shoe to offer a bit more secure fit.

  • 75 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Greg Jubb • Level 3 expert

    The Adipure Gazelle offers a 7mm heel-to-toe drop, which encourages a midfoot strike without being overly-minimal.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World UK • Runner's World UK • Level 2 expert

    The Gazelle is the least ‘severe’ of the barefoot shoes in this review and is aimed at beginners.

  • 100 / 100 by Dr. Nick's Running Blog • Nick • Level 1 expert

    I can’t really find a negative thing to say about this shoe.

  • 99 / 100 by Newbodi • Bryan Falchuk • Level 1 expert

    It is by far the best shoe I've ever run in, and seriously just a joy to wear in general.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Randy Yagi • Level 1 expert

    The Adidas Adipure Gazelle is not for every runner, particularly for beginning minimalist runners and/or heavier runners.

  • 71 / 100 by Barefoot Running Ronald • Ronald • Level 1 expert

    The edge of the insole in the arch area is kind of sharp- resulting in a blister.

  • 65 / 100 by GCRC • Caine Warburton • Level 1 expert

    I would not recommend this shoe to those who have questionable running form or major pro-nation or foot issues without professional advice or supervision.

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Updates to Adidas AdiPure Gazelle 2

  • Unrestricted motion is the ultimate purpose of the Adidas AdiPure Gazelle 2. This lightweight running shoe offers runners a speedy and freeing experience when tackling those running activities, essentially resulting in a more natural performance.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe has technologies that ensure that the runner feels as if the material is just next to their feet. The comfortable coverage is soft and responsive, and it even allows air to enter the shoe to keep the foot dry and cool.
  • The fabrics in the inner sleeve aren’t irritating to the skin. They work in tandem with the foot in order to encourage natural movement and smoother transitions through the gait cycle. Blisters and welts aren’t any worry as the smoothness of the inner wall keeps the skin of the foot free from discomfort.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Adidas AdiPure Gazelle 2 caters to the needs of the foot when running. Landing the foot on the ground is supported by a shock absorbing unit. The forefoot lift even gets extra propulsion from a responsive foam. The platform essentially gives the wearer a smooth and easy running experience.
  • The outsole unit uses a non-marking rubber material to make sure that the shoe gets protection from wear and abrasion. It is also able to provide traction over the roads.

Adidas AdiPure Gazelle 2 size and fit

The Adidas AdiPure Gazelle 2 is true to its size. The measurements are standard for the men and women’s versions. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections have medium widths, so runners with medium sized feet are the ones who are going to acclimate to it when wearing it.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the Adidas AdiPure Gazelle 2 uses the ADIWEAR™ outsole technology. It is one of the most durable external layers available for running shoes. It protects the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear, making the shoe more efficient even after many uses. It also gives adequate traction on the roads.


Midsole

The ADIPRENE® is a foam unit that’s located in the heel section of this running shoe. It protects the runner from the impact forces that come with landing the foot on the ground. It’s soft and responsive, and it gives the runner a bit of bounce.

The ADIPRENE®+ is positioned under the forefoot section. Aside from underfoot cushioning, it also gives a more propulsive movement, so each toe-off becomes more efficient and explosive.

The PUREMOTION™ mid-sole design allows the platform to mimic the natural movement of the foot. So, when landing the foot on the ground, the mid-sole spreads along with the foot, making the underfoot experience more balanced and more agreeable.


Upper

The techfit™ upper technology has been made to provide natural movement and flexibility for the foot. It makes a seamless, sock-like fit that prevents irritation from affecting the skin. The runner can actually wear the shoe even without socks and it’ll still feel comfortable.

The Second-skin forefoot layer follows the foot’s motion when naturally stepping on the ground. The toes can splay naturally as if running in a barefoot manner.