We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many customers felt very comfortable in the AlphaBounce Engineered Mesh.
  • A customer commented on 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 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 sheer 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.
  • An experienced runner mentioned how these shoes offered great support to his knees.

1 reasons not to buy

  • 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.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11oz | Women: 10oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 22mm | Women: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Release date: Nov 2016
Brand: Adidas
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Beige, Black, Green, Grey, Multi, White
Small True to size Large
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A top rated Road running shoe

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80 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | s2DoubleU | Level 3 expert

    These alphabounces, in my opinion, look sharper, sleeker and more accelerating as if you're watching a shoe running in fast motion.

  • 82 / 100 | DaygoSole | | Level 1 expert

    For $80 less than the Ultra Boost, there's honestly not too much difference in the comfort and style. I'd say go for the Alphabounce.

  • 80 / 100 | Sneaker Talk | Level 1 expert

    At a $160CAD, I definitely see good value for this sneaker.

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  • 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.

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 everyday running, even for long periods of time. The BOUNCE™ technology was initially presented in the original iteration of the Alphabounce shoe.

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.


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.