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  • Terrain


    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 11oz
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
  • Release date
    Oct 2017
  • Special editions
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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.


Updates to Adidas AlphaBounce EM CTD

  • The midsole has been equipped with the Adidas Bounce cushioning technology. 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.

Adidas AlphaBounce EM CTD size and fit

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.