Facts

Terrain
Road

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

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.

Use
Daily running

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
$100
Weight
Men: 10.5oz
Women: 9.1oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • A new mesh technology is used for the upper unit and it’s sure to be comfortable and flexible.
  • Runner generally welcomed the comfortable nature of the inner textile, which kept their feet free from irritation.
  • The appealing color schemes that are available for this model were lauded by the testers.
  • The BOUNCE™ is a mid-sole cushioning technology that is able to support the foot well and then launch it back up.
  • The multipurpose design of the Adidas AlphaBounce allows runners to wear it for many activities, even sports.
  • This shoe features a reasonable price, in light of its high quality construction.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners noticed that it didn’t have much ankle support, which could lead to discomfort during longer runs.

Bottom line

The Adidas AlphaBounce is a solid choice when it comes to running and casual walking. It’s neutral shoe that’s even going to function well when it comes to sports. It brings reliable cushioning that’s springy and flexible. Even the upper is flexible and soft, yet it is able to cover the foot securely.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 142 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
18%
3 star
5%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

My Rating

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 27 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • The Sole Brothers • Level 3 expert

    The traction is really nice and I've been walking around in these and these little lugs don't seem to be wearing out.

  • 86 / 100 by Hes Kicks • Hes Kicks • Level 3 expert

    Stylish and comfortable, the fit is true to size in my opinion

  • 82 / 100 by Wear Testers • Bryan Hinkle • Level 3 expert

    Yeah, they did it again – adidas came up with another slamming silhouette with great technology, comfort, and materials, and still kept the price reasonable ($100).

  • 88 / 100 by Mr Stoltz • Mr Stoltz • Level 2 expert

    I agree with Adidas that this shoe is really bouncy or springy. It's a great shoe, it feels good if you're walking around or running, whatever you want to do.

  • 84 / 100 by Bryan Hinkle • Bryan Hinkle • Level 2 expert

    Performance-wise, if you're a neutral runner, if you're a short-distance runner… this shoe could fit your needs. Definitely check it out.

  • 83 / 100 by Dev Danger • Dev Danger • Level 2 expert

    These are really comfortable. The Forged Mesh is really soft. It feels great.

  • 82 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 2 expert

    And this is super comfortable. I was really surprised.

  • 100 / 100 by SNEAK ATTACK • SNEAK ATTACK • Level 1 expert

    You can get these and wear them as running shoes and run in them. They're really good for running.

  • 91 / 100 by Sole Collector • Sean Swinney • Level 1 expert

    And after a strong launch that saw this sneaker sell out in just 24 hours, don’t be surprised if the AlphaBOUNCE becomes one of this summer’s MVPs.

  • 90 / 100 by pierreson tan • Pierreson • Level 1 expert

    Not as soft as the boost technology but I would say, when you wear these, they are almost as comfortable and as responsive as the ultra boost .

  • 88 / 100 by Soccer Reviews For You • Soccer Reviews For You • Level 1 expert

    I just like how they feel. [sic]There's no really better way of saying it.

  • 87 / 100 by Fowler Customs • Seth • Level 1 expert

    [The] Bounce cushioning is really nice and the upper is really comfortable. So, I feel like if you're running or training in this, you'll be good to go.

  • 86 / 100 by Sneaker Topia • Sneaker Topia • Level 1 expert

    I think Adidas definitely hit it out of the park with this model. It's a great-looking shoe and it's comfortable.

  • 84 / 100 by CRUST DALO • CRUST DALO • Level 1 expert

    I felt like if I wore it unlaced like this, my foot will keep slipping out of the heel. So, I went down half-a-size and it fits perfect.

  • 84 / 100 by Kicks x2 • Kicks x2 • Level 1 expert

    They're super comfortable shoes. They can be used for pretty much anything.

  • 84 / 100 by Sneaker Girl 604 • Maria • Level 1 expert

    So, I definitely would wear these to go work out, to go for a run, or to make an outfit stand out.

  • 84 / 100 by Ram of the Rose • Ram • Level 1 expert

    They're really comfortable and I think they look really good.

  • 83 / 100 by Sneaker Talk • Sneaker Talk • Level 1 expert

    I wouldn't recommend these necessarily to run, like, a 10K Marathon, exactly. These aren't the sneakers for that. But if you're training, if you're doing a jog every single day, maybe you're doing 20 minutes or 30 minutes of cardio, I could recommend these for those purposes.

  • 82 / 100 by Bull 1 Trc • Bull 1 Trc • Level 1 expert

    They are called AlphaBounce for a reason. 'Cause they are extremely responsive.

  • 81 / 100 by Jamie Squires • Jamie Squires • Level 1 expert

    Is it as good as the Ultra Boost, comfort-wise? No. Is it worth the money you pay? Absolutely.

  • 80 / 100 by Sneaker News & Reviews • SN&R • Level 1 expert

    The combination of BOUNCE cushioning in the midsole with a seamless upper enables athletes to stay focused on their run with fewer distractions and restrictions. 

  • 80 / 100 by Engadget • Edgar Alvarez • Level 1 expert

    Those learnings, of course, derived from Adidas bringing in athletes to put AlphaBounce through its paces.

  • 80 / 100 by Mathys • Mathys • Level 1 expert

    It has a narrow upper and comfortable fit.

  • 79 / 100 by Sneaker Gearz • Levi • Level 1 expert

    Not the best runner. I have a lot of other shoes that just perform much better. But stylistically, it's a home run.

  • 76 / 100 by Slam • Slam • Level 1 expert

    These kicks feature a first-of-its-kind FORGEDMESH upper, which involves one layer of material and no seams.

  • 70 / 100 by T Blake • T Blake • Level 1 expert

    At the $100 price point, you’re not gonna get the same cushioning you would from the Hoka One One or the Sequence Boost.

  • 60 / 100 by Pulpconnection • Gee Why • Level 1 expert

    Arch support is essentially nonexistent, and I could feel my arches crashing inwards with every step.

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Updates to Adidas AlphaBounce

Running may be the main purpose of the Adidas AlphaBounce, but this versatile running shoe is able to function well, even as part of a casual attire and a unit of a sports gear. High quality materials and a well-thought design drive this shoe to become a formidable force in the realm of health, fitness and performance on the road.

The seamless construction of the upper unit makes this shoe very comfortable and agreeable to the foot. The inner lining features a soft fabric that feels like a sock when the foot is inside the shoe. The FORGEDMESH is a mesh material that is flexible and able to accommodate the natural shape of the wearer’s foot. It can expand so that the interior environment won’t feel tight or limiting.

The mid-sole unit of the Adidas AlphaBounce does away with the conventional foam unit that are regularly used in most running shoes on the market. Instead, a bouncy material that runs its entire length is utilized, making sure that the whole underside of the foot is well-supported. Flexibility and full natural movement are key aspects of the mid-sole, and it gives them to the wearer.

The Adidas AlphaBounce has been created to have a multipurpose nature. For that, it needs an outsole unit that’s durable and versatile. It needs to withstand asphalt, surfaces that are smooth or moderately rough. The flexible, but sturdy rubber found in the external layer is sure to deliver protection and traction.

Adidas AlphaBounce size and fit

The Adidas AlphaBounce is true to its size. It is available in sizes that follow the standard measurements for men and women. The width of this shoe is medium, therefore allowing runners who have medium sized feet to acclimate well to it. Its semi-curved shape adheres naturally to the shape of the human foot.


Outsole

The ADIWEAR® is a very durable rubber material that’s non-marking. It is highly resistant to abrasion and wear, making sure that the rest of the sole unit is safe from abrasion during the running sessions. It’s flexible, so the natural movement of the foot isn’t impeded.


Midsole

The BOUNCE™ is a responsive material that is springier and more responsive than the standard foam compounds used in most shoes on the market. Structured elements cause the platform to stretch when pressure is applied to them, and then spring back into place when pressure is removed. Essentially, this mid-sole pops the foot forward with every step.


Upper

The FORGEDMESH is a new technology for the upper unit of the AlphaBounce from Adidas. This mesh material allows the foot to go through its natural range of motion without feeling any restrictions. It is able to expand, accommodating the entire shape of the foot to feel snug and secure.

The inner lining is made of smooth textiles with adequate padding. They do not irritate the skin, making it possible to wear the shoe even without socks.

A pull-tab in the heel section allows the runner to wear or take off the shoe easily. It’s a helpful way to facilitate entry and exit of the foot.