Arch support
M: 210g | W: 172g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Heel height
M: 23mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 17mm | W: 16mm
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:

7 reasons to buy

  • It is a great racing flat for marathons, as commented by some testers.

  • Light and breathable, this shoe is phenomenal according to some marathoners.

  • The durable upper unit essentially provides reliable coverage through the use of high quality synthetic materials.

  • Minimalist runners are appreciative of the low-profile design of the Takumi-Sen 3.

  • It works well on the roads, but it can transition well when on dirt tracks.

  • The mix of the Quickstrike technology and Continental Rubber in the outsole ensures durable protection, traction and flexibility on dry and wet surfaces.

  • The mid-sole unit delivers adequate underfoot cushioning with the use of proprietary components.

4 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is quite expensive, as noted by many runners.

  • The fit runs wide.

  • The low profile design and minimal level of cushioning makes it ideal for minimalist runners.

  • It is not a water-resistant athletic shoe.

Bottom line

The Adidas Adizero Takumi-Sen 3 is a racing flat built on the Adizero technology with a boost midsole in the forefoot. It offers an efficient energy-return and it encourages high-speed performance. Because of the quality outsole, traction is never a problem even on uneven terrain. This high quality shoe is worth its expensive price.

World wide, Adizero Takumi-Sen 3 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Adidas, is the 3rd most popular.

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94 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 75
    David WooLevel 1 expert
    by David Woo
    I have noticed that this is less responsive. I feel less of the road because there's much more cushioning
  • 95
    Matt KleinLevel 4 expert
    by Klein Runs
    I do enjoy racing and doing workouts in it.
  • 99
    Charles RodmellLevel 2 expert
    by Gear Selected
    Simply one of the best shoes I’ve ever used.
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Updates to Adizero Takumi-Sen 3

For the first time in the Sen Series, the Sen 3 uses the renowned Adidas Boost midsole foam in the forefoot area. The introduction of the Boost midsole is to soften the cushioning a bit in the forefoot without sacrificing the much-needed pop of a racing flat.

A domino effect happens with the inclusion of the Boost in the forefoot. The torsion system located in the forefoot is now found in the midsole, together with a new EVA in the heel and the midfoot. The new EVA and the torsion system combine for resilient cushioning, protection, and responsiveness.

The 23mm heel and 17mm forefoot heights are the lowest ever in this line. Adidas uses the new set up for a closer to the ground feel and to let the new stack heights work together with the Boost in the forefoot and the midsole foam. The moderately cushioned midsole and the proven responsiveness of the Boost make the Takumi-Sen 3 a really fast and dynamic shoe.

A new stretch upper that adapts to the shape of the foot provides very comfortable fit. The upper is more durable and certainly looks more sophisticated than the previous version. A new mesh with bigger and rounder holes enhances shoe breathability.

The toe protection is basically made of the same material, but is no longer as comprehensive. This adds more room and ventilation in the forefoot.

The heel counter undergoes a revamp as well. It is slightly larger, but more flexible. Adidas wanted to find that sweet spot of a heel counter that is not stiff and yet effectively holds the heel in place.

A massive facelift occurs in the outsole of the Takumi-Sen 3. The Continental Rubber has been moved to the edges of the heel and the forefoot while the entire outsole is largely made up of diamond nubs, which Adidas calls as the Quickstrike technology. The countless nubs enhance the flexibility and ground feedback of this shoe.

Adizero Takumi-Sen 3 size and fit

The fit and sizing of the Adidas Sen 3 are largely similar to the prior version. As with most racing flats, this one has a snug fit from the heel to the forefoot with just enough space in the toe box. Runners with narrow and medium measurements should be able to get their money’s worth out of this fit. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


The countless Quickstrike rubber nubs begin midway through the heel and going all the way to the forefoot. Adidas uses these lugs for better grip and a little cushioning. The Continental Rubber is also utilized as it offers very sticky traction. AdiWear, which is very durable carbon rubber can be found in the heel to fight off wear and tear.


The Boost in the forefoot is made of energy capsules that work together to provide superb responsiveness. Lightstrike EVA and adiLITE cradle offer lightweight and resilient cushioning. A TPU unit called the Torsion System allows the heel and the forefoot to move independently of each other for better stability.


Adidas uses a very durable material in the Teijin Japanese Mesh that also adapts well to the runner’s foot. This mesh has slightly bigger and more rounded holes for superior breathability. There are suede Tirennina overlays that provide support and structure while a more flexible external heel counter secures the heel without being too rigid.


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