Arch support
Daily running
M: 332g | W: 292g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 35mm | W: 35mm
Forefoot height
M: 23mm | W: 23mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Adidas incorporates the Active Formotion Technology, which allows the shoe to enhance midfoot fit courtesy of a stretch panel.

  • Most of the reviews from runners valued the incredible comfort of the Adistar Ride 4.

  • Several testers enjoyed the Adidas Ride 4’s plush cushioning.

  • Some runners were keenly aware of how the upper adapts really well to their movements.

  • According to a more than a few runners, the durability was quite exceptional.

  • Quite a lot of runners mentioned the Ride 4’s moderate arch support.

  • Gym workout is part of the shoe’s repertoire based on the account of a significant number of reviews.

  • A Memory Foam Collar finds its way in the heel for a comfortable and personalized fit.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Adidas Adistar Ride 4 is moderately heavy

  • It is a bit stiff upon initial wear, according to a few runners.

Bottom line

The third member of the Adidas Adistar series of shoes, the Ride 4 presents the collection’s most traditional and plush ride. Heavy heel strikers and larger-framed runners will feel like running on the clouds in this shoe. The massive stack height and the daunting heel offset may not feel as much because of a really good arch support and seamless transition. It is an incredibly durable trainer with an amazingly cozy ride.

World wide, Adistar Ride 4 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Adidas, is the 3rd most popular.

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4 / 5 based on 52 ratings

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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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80 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 81
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The Ride does a bang-up job cushioning the heavy footfalls of larger runners. More firm than squishy, the mostly foam midsole soothes pavement pounding and brings a little stability to long, slow runs while providing a bit of bounce for faster efforts.
  • 80
    The Running Shoe ReviewLevel 3 expert
    by The Running Shoe Review
    Slightly slimmer than most shoes, this is a great choice for the thinner footed runner.
  • 71
    MattLevel 2 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    At first, it was Tale of Two Shoes for me in the Ride. I'd land on a chunky, pillowy heel and then get some actual road feel in the forefoot, which isn't as soft as many other shoes in this category. But after a little more time in the shoe, I started to appreciate the heel-to-toe transition.
  • 94
    Joanne DLevel 1 expert
    by Mummy 2 Five
    These running shoes are the most comfortable I have ever worn.
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Updates to Adistar Ride 4

The smoothness of the ride is what the 4th version of the Adidas Adistar Ride has to offer. It’s crafted to deliver a comfortable running experience when tackling races and trainings. Proprietary technologies and components ensure that the performance of the wearer is kept at its peak, especially since these components are very efficient and reliable.

The upper unit of this running shoe uses high quality fabrics and materials to create a cover that is secure, and breathable. The unit itself doesn’t let the foot become moist or warm as it constantly encourages air to enter the shoe. It’s a dependable layer of security and comfort that follows the high quality standards of the brand.

The mid-sole unit features technologies and systems that are very effective in ensuring that the foot stays comfortable and secure throughout the gait cycle. One of these technologies actually adapts to how the foot lands and lifts off, shifting itself to an optimal position in order to maintain a balanced platform for the wearer.

The outsole unit uses two high quality rubber technologies in order to provide sure protection and traction over the surfaces. These components are very efficient and they do not allow abrasion to affect the quality of the sole unit.

Adistar Ride 4 size and fit

The Adidas Adistar Ride 4 has a regular shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the standard measurements when it comes to both the men and women’s versions. The available width is medium, so it lets the runner with medium sized feet to acclimate well to it. The semi-curved shape of this shoe also welcomes the natural curvature of the human foot.


The ADIWEAR® outsole is a proprietary rubber compound that is placed in critical areas of the external layer where wear and abrasion are most likely to happen. It delivers durable protection that’s sure to extend the life of the sole unit of the Adidas Adistar Ride 4.

The Continental™ Rubber is a component that offers high level grip on many types of surface conditions, so the runner gets sure surface control even on wet or slippery roads.


The ADIPRENE® technology is located in the heel section of this running shoe. It’s a foam that absorbs impact shock and delivers a smoother and more comfortable underfoot experience when landing the foot on the ground.

The ADIPRENE®+ is placed in the forefoot section. While delivering great cushioning for the underfoot, it also gives a propulsive boost to make each forefoot lift or toe-off more enabled and efficient.

The FORMOTION™ technology is a sole unit construction that allows the shoe to adapt to the movements of the foot. It actually stretches and follows the way the foot lands and goes through the gait cycle, making sure to deliver cushioning as it’s needed. It returns to its original shape the foot’s weight isn’t applied to it.


Open mesh is a high quality upper fabric that serves as the main system for the upper unit. Its open construction allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe to keep the foot well-ventilated. It doesn’t retain moisture, preventing odor and discomfort.

The air mesh lining allows the foot to stay comfortable and dry when feeling the contours of the Adidas Adistar Ride 4’s inner sleeve. Through this, it allows the runner to wear the shoe even without socks.
A Molded respoEVA Sock Liner follows the contours of the underfoot. It gives additional support to the heel, the arch and the forefoot area, so cushioning is all-encompassing.


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