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

5 reasons to buy

  • A majority of testers observed that the shoe was comfortable.
  • Plenty of reviewers commended the upper. They mentioned that it looked chic and stylish.
  • One user mentioned that the outsole performed well on trails.
  • Plenty of runners used the shoe for different purposes. They appreciated that it was multi-functional.
  • One tester observed that the water-resistant film on the upper performed well.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of testers noticed that the shape of the shoe was a bit narrow, causing their toes to feel constricted.
  • Based on a couple of reviews, the length of the shoe was a tad longer than usual. Reviewers were somewhat disappointed because they felt that the extra length did not compensate for the lack of room in the toe box.
  • One runner’s foot hurt when he wore the Adidas Alphabounce EM CTD right out the box. Some testers agreed that it needed to be broken in first.

Bottom line

The Adidas Alphabounce EM CTD is a neutral road running shoe that many users were fond of. Mostly, testers were glad that they were able to use it for different purposes – walking, light running, and going to the gym. Some observed that the shape and length were narrower and longer than usual, causing runners’ toes to feel compressed. Nonetheless, the shoe was still praised for its chic and stylish design.


Base model: Adidas AlphaBounce
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 12mm
Release date: Oct 2017
Brand: Adidas
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Grey
Special editions: 7 special editions
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  • The midsole has been equipped with the Adidas Bounce cushioning technology; users of the original Alphabounce shoe would be familiar with this feature. This material enhances the comfort felt underfoot. It also delivers a good amount of flexibility and shock attenuation as the density of the material is softer rather than firm.
  • On the upper are two main materials – Engineered mesh and Forgedmesh. The first type of mesh is lightweight and breathable, acting similar to a second skin. The Forgedmesh, on the other hand, provides areas of support and flexibility.
  • To protect the foot from conditions that could potentially get it wet, the upper was coated with a water-resistant film.

It’s important to take note that the Adidas Alphabounce EM CTD is only available in men’s sizes. Those who would like to get a pair can make use of their usual preferences regarding shoe lengths and widths. 7.5 is the lowest size for this pair while 13 is the biggest. It would be ideal to double check the sizes available from online and offline retail stores. As for width, it comes in B-medium.

The outsole of the Adidas Alphabounce EM CTD was made with a durable rubber manufactured by Continental. This material grips to most surfaces, even wet ones, ensuring that the runner doesn’t slip or slide when running on surfaces that are slippery.

The lug pattern on the outsole has was specifically meant to improve traction. This part of the shoe mimics a type of tire tread that’s suitable for the usual kinds terrain. With this pattern, runners can move with confidence whether on the road or non-technical trail.

The Bounce midsole technology provides the runners with a soft and cushy platform that feels comfortable when runners step on it. With this technology, the foot can move freely and optimally while it does its job in sufficiently attenuating impact upon landing.

The upper is made up of Engineered mesh, as well as Forgedmesh. The first material delivers breathability and comfort while maintaining the shoe’s lightness. The second material ensures that the runner’s foot is not limited in its movements. Also, Forgedmesh delivers specific reinforcement to key areas, delivering minimal support.

To protect the foot from harsh weather conditions, the upper was coated with a special film that repels water. The tongue and the heel compliment this feature as they are made of a waterproof material called Neoprene. Runners will be able to continue running even during light rain or snow.

The construction of this part of the shoe is sock-like, delivering a snug and comfortable fit. This allows runners to feel secure while in motion.


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.