Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Feather 4 is very light.
  • The decent cushioning in the Adidas Feather 4 makes it a doable option as a high-mileage option or marathon shoe.
  • It is very flexible.
  • Some runners heaped praised on the shoe’s outsole durability.
  • A fit that hugs really hugs the foot encourages runners to pick up their pace.
  • The responsive features of the midsole are very noticeable, according to a handful of users.
  • A few runners loved the smooth transition of the Adizero Feather 4.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of the reviews mentioned a toe box that could use a little more room.
  • The price is a little expensive.

Bottom line

A feather in the cap of Adidas’ collection of shoes is the Adizero Feather 4. It seeks to carve a niche in the increasingly popular lightweight shoes with decent cushioning for long-distance running. The Feather 4 excels because of the foot-molding comfort and a barely-there arch support that is a minimalist’s dream come true.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 6.3oz | Women: 4.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 9mm | Women: 9mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 25mm | Women: 25mm
Forefoot height: Men: 16mm | Women: 16mm
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow
Size
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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | Running Magazine | Level 3 expert

    Targeted at fast, biomechanically efficient runners, the Adizero Feather combines shockingly low weight with a plush yet responsive ride.

  • 94 / 100 | My Running Addiction | Level 2 expert

    Nothing is more important for me than lightweight footwear and the adizero shoes are definitely the lightest training and competition shoes I have ever worn.

  • 87 / 100 | Tennis Warehouse | Level 1 expert

    I liked the style, traction, cushioning and medium width fit. The outsoles also held up better than expected.

  • 82 / 100 | Running Technique Tips | | Level 1 expert

    As the foot flattens from forefoot to heel, the springy spike is pushed down and then as the runner’s foot starts leaving the ground, the shoe springs back and helps the runner leave the ground with a bit more purpose.

  • 81 / 100 | Triathlon Running | | Level 1 expert

    A responsive, well cushioned shoe in a lightweight package.

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  • The 4th version of the Adidas Adizero Feather is a low-profile running shoe that delivers maximum comfort and flexible performance when tackling those races or training sessions. It has a minimalist vibe to it, with its subtle use of shades & hues, as well as a one-piece upper that moves along with the foot.
  • Highly breathable yet durable materials are used for the upper unit of this running shoe. They’re meant to deliver a comfortable and well-ventilated coverage that’s reliable and sturdy. A cloth-like disposition is observed in this section of the shoe, but it’s strong and it can last longer.
  • The mid-sole unit of this running shoe uses a lightweight foam that’s durable and efficient in delivering comfort and cushioning. The material itself lasts long, so the underfoot experience remains in a standard of quality that is reliable.
  • One of the most dependable outsole rubber compounds has been used in the Adidas Adizero Feather 4. Placed in critical areas where wear and abrasion are most likely to occur, this rubber compound protects the shoe from the damaging effects of surface friction.

The Adidas Adizero Feather 4 has a regular running shoe length. The men and women’s versions follow the standard measurements when it comes to this shoe size. The available width is medium, so it makes sure that the runner with a medium-sized foot is able to acclimate well to this shoe when wearing it.


The ADIWEAR® is one of the most efficient outsole layer rubber units on the market. It essentially protects the shoe from abrasion and wear, but it is also able to make sure that the runner gets responsible traction when handling the surfaces. It’s a high-quality material that lasts a long time. Another Adidas running shoe that features this outsole material is the Duramo 9.


The CS LITESTRIKE EVA is a compound that delivers responsible cushioning and shock absorption so that each step remains comfortable and free from any strain. It doesn’t have a substantial weight, making it a great mid-sole foam to get a speedy performance.


The Air Mesh is a material that covers the upper unit of this running shoe. The open construction of this fabric ensures that the foot is afforded a well-ventilated interior experience, while also maintaining overall support and responsible coverage.

The Engineered Mesh is a cloth-like material that gives additional comfort to the running experience of the wearer. It is not an unwieldy material, so it allows the foot to move more naturally without feeling limited by additional layers or stitched sections.

This Adidas running shoe features the signature stripes that are bonded onto the upper unit. They make sure they maintain the structure of the unit, while also keeping a customizable fit that follows the preferences of the wearer. They cause the upper fabrics to react to the adjustments made to the lacing system.

A heel tab in the rear section makes wearing and removing the shoe much easier.

A lightweight, but responsive foam insole makes sure to add more cushioning to the foot immediately after stepping into the Adidas Adizero Feather 4. It fully supports the underside of the foot, making sure that throughout the gait cycle the foot is well-supported.

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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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