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6 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Alphabounce 5.8 Zip was a lightweight shoe, as mentioned by a number of
  • The upper had an incredible, glove-like fit, commented a buyer.
  • A runner liked how the shoe provided warmth during chilly days.
  • A few users agreed that the Alphabounce 5.8 Zip was a comfortable shoe.
  • Some consumers approved the shoe’s use of recycled materials.
  • The shoe was great for street running, wrote a couple of testers.

8 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers were disappointed with the narrow fit of the Alphabounce 5.8 Zip.
  • Various wearers had trouble with the zipper feature of the shoe.
  • Several customers stated the Alphabounce 5.8 Zip ran small.
  • One runner felt the shoe had no breathing room for the foot.
  • A user complained that the shoe tore down within only one week.
  • The shoe was a struggle to close when worn with a sock, a wearer observed.
  • A reviewer stated that the heel collar is quite low and could be improved.
  • A user found the midsole did not flex well during the stride.

Bottom line

Although it was a shoe with a well-thought concept, the Alphabounce 5.8 Zip did not seem to deliver the expectations of users, based on the feedback it received. There was a surprising number of criticisms regarding various elements in the shoe’s constructions, as well as issues on fit and sizing. There were, however, a few positive comments about comfort. In summary, Adidas has created many excellent running shoes, but maybe the Alphabounce 5.8 Zip was not one of them, as voiced out by consumers.


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  • Arch support

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  • Use

    Daily running

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  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
  • Release date
    Oct 2017
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Updates to Adidas Alphabounce 5.8 Zip

  • Adidas presents the Alphabounce 5.8 Zip as a lightweight running shoe that targets maximum comfort and support, especially during wintry weather. The name of the shoe is derived from its silhouette and design – a 5/8 collar and a zip-up closure – which are built specifically for winter running.
  • Similar to its base shoe, the Adidas Alphabounce, the Alphabounce 5.8 Zip features FORGEDMESH technology in the upper. In this shoe, the FORGEDMESH upper is “winterized” to remain durable and weather-resistant.
  • The BOUNCE™ cushioning in the midsole enhances the shoe’s comfort and flexibility while also providing the runner with maximum responsiveness. Meanwhile, the Continental™ rubber outsole supplies the shoe with exceptional traction on any surface.

Adidas Alphabounce 5.8 Zip size and fit

The Adidas Alphabounce 5.8 Zip is true to its size and follows standard measurement sizes. The shoe’s moderate construction will fit comfortably on runners with a narrow to moderate foot volume. This shoe is designed for men, and it is available in medium width.


This running shoe is equipped with a Continental™ outsole, which is made from the same kind of rubber used in vehicle tires. The result is a durable shoe that has better endurance against wear and tear compared to traditional rubber outsoles. Like a rubber tire, the Continental™ outsole is also capable of gripping any running surface, whether wet or dry.


The midsole of the Adidas Alphabounce 5.8 Zip makes use of BOUNCE™, a cushioning material that is more responsive and bouncier compared to standard midsole foams on the market. The concept of BOUNCE™ works during stride: The foam stretches when pressure is applied to it, then springs back into place when pressure is removed.


The FORGEDMESH upper offers a seamless fit for a comfortable support. It also stretches effortlessly for an efficient and natural movement.

The winterized coating of the upper gives the shoe a weather-resistant quality to enable a distraction-free run, even under the rain or snow. It is accompanied by a zipper closure system for convenience of wear.

The 5/8 mid-cut collar is made of Neoprene mesh, to bring to the foot additional comfort and warmth when running in the cold.