• Discontinued
  • 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
    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
    Women: 10oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Nov 2016
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We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many customers felt very comfortable in the AlphaBounce Engineered Mesh.
  • A customer commented how he used the shoe for running and casual wear and his feet did not feel the-regular-level of tired even after a good whole day.
  • Runners appreciated the snug fit since their feet did not wobble or slide inside the shoe during their runs.
  • A few customers liked the overall aesthetic look of the shoe; one such customer mentioned how he got compliments whenever he got out.
  • A customer was happy about how smooth the inside of the shoe felt against his foot.
  • Several runners mentioned that the shoe was well priced.
  • A number of reviewers praised the responsive feel and the light weight of the shoes since he felt like they were walking on clouds.
  • A runner mentioned how the Adidas AlphaBounce Engineered Mesh offered the complete package to its users; it had a ‘cool’ overall design and a ‘great’ responsive ride.
  • A user said he loved the feel of these shoes; he used them for running, walking, boxing and cross-training.
  • An experienced runner mentioned how these shoes offered great support to his knees.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners thought that the toe box was a bit too narrow; one such user thought of going a size up in these shoes.
  • Some users did not like the look of the shoe; they called it ‘boring’.

Bottom line

The Adidas AlphaBounce Engineered Mesh is a high performing neutral running shoe that offers a sleek design, optimal comfortability and a perfect fit. Its responsiveness and cushioning system resonated well with consumers because it apparently offered great support during running. For them, it may be safely relied on for both the short sprints and the long distances.


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Updates to Adidas AlphaBounce Engineered Mesh

  • The shoe was named after the technology employed in its upper—the lightweight and breathable Engineered Mesh, which allows good circulation of air inside the shoe and leaves the runner’s feet feeling healthy after long runs.
  • The heel area utilizes the Molded EVA clip, which ensures the needed support for the heel and prevents the foot from exiting the shoe accidentally.

Adidas AlphaBounce Engineered Mesh size and fit

Made for neutral runners, the shoe comes in the standard running length and is most suitable for runners with medium feet in terms of width. The shoe is available in the medium width of D and B for men and women, respectively.


The rubber material used in the shoe’s outsole possesses very good traction and shows high resistance to slippage, even on wet surfaces. This is one of the reasons why this shoe performs highly on a variety of surfaces.


BOUNCE™ offers great responsiveness and a nice springy feel with every stride. As a result, the runner feels energized and motivated for more running, even for long periods of time.


The intelligent design of the ‘engineered mesh’ distinguishes this shoe from its competitors in the market. The material expands as per the shape of the foot and adapts itself to the changing movements during the run. It’s breathable, so it’s able to accommodate the flow of air into the foot-chamber.

The FORGEDMESH, along with the textile lining, results in a seamless surface inside the shoe, which feels very smooth against the skin. Also, it ensures a sock-like fit for the users. This design makes it possible to wear these shoes without any socks.

A Molded EVA Heel Clip secures the rear of the foot in place and prevents it from accidentally slipping off the shoe.