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What images come to mind when someone says the words “cloud” or “foam”? I’d feel comfortable (no pun intended) saying we all think of the same couple of things. Something soft and cushy that you want to wrap up with - Marshmallows maybe?

I think it’s safe to say Adidas nailed the naming scheme on this shoe. Literally, everything on this shoe is soft, from the tongue to the sole. Using their aptly named “cloudfoam” they were able to pack in all the all-day comfort you can handle.  



I haven’t worn as many Adidas in my life as I would have liked to. I always admired the shoe brand, but for one reason or another never found myself purchasing the brand.

That was until 2018 when several co-workers came in wearing some of the most insanely cool looking shoes out there — all Adidas. I was offered a discount at a local site, and when I saw the price, I couldn’t pass them up. Oh, how glad I am to have leaped.

What pushed me? The deal. What converted me - the cloudfoam.

You see the shoes come with this handy little cloudfoam piece attached to the shoes at the store. You can squeeze and play with it to get a feel of the gooiness your foot might enjoy out on a run, or just walking around the office.  I mean...just look at the sole, it’s practically begging you to Netflix and chill.


First steps

My package arrived a few days later, and it was time to put on the shoe. The moment of truth. In my head I asked Adidas: look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip? –Eminem.

The Adidas Cloudfoam responded, not with just a “YES!” but with a “HECK YES!” Without skipping a beat, my feet were wrapped in clouds, and I was happy.



You can see here, that the tread is a simple pattern without a ton of grip, but that the lines are nice ridges. I have run/walked in snow and mud with them, and they did the trick, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend them as a trail or offroad style shoe.

The color blocks on the sole are a firmer version of the Cloudfoam that add just a bit of stability.  

The good

Comfort. A lot of it. There is literally NO break-in period.

The second I put these on, they were ready to roll. Like running with a pair of comfortable old friends you can easily enjoy your miles ahead.


The bad

Traction. Not a lot. I feel like the point of this shoe was more comfort than actual performance.

If you are looking for something to take your mind of the miles and feel like you are running on air, these are the right shoe for you. But if you need more stability, control, traction, and a “down to earth” feeling for when you are ready to push the tempo, you might skip this shoe.

Overall verdict

Like “mom’s Spaghetti” (thanks to Eminem) the Cloudfoam racer is the comfort food of the shoe world. I’d be happy to pick up a pair of these and wear them pretty much anywhere, anytime.

But also like mom's spaghetti, you might not perform at a high level as you want right after eating it. Adidas probably doesn’t mean for these to be your next PR shoe.

It feels like they just wanted to make a shoe that you will love to wear. A padded heal with extra height to hug your ankle, a tongue as soft as a lamb, and a sole worthy of the term marshmallow, the Cloudfoam aptly lives up to its name.

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My name is Paul Jewkes. I workout 6 days a week. This includes lots of rowing, running, and weightlifting. I also try to get outdoors on the road and on trails as often as possible. I'm training for a road marathon and trail 50k

Size and fit

The Adidas Cloudfoam Racer TR is available in men's and women’s sizing. This model has a lace-up fastening system for a secure and personalized fit. Meanwhile, the padded collar and tongue boost comfort in every stride.

Adidas Cloudfoam Racer TR Style

The low-top Adidas Cloudfoam Racer TR profile was inspired by the trail-runner kicks but designed for the city pavements. It is made with a single breathable mesh upper with welded three stripes for a sleek and clean look. The brand added some stitching details on the heel counter for the added style. Most users prefer styling their Cloudfoam racer TR with joggers, skinnies, shorts, or any sportswear.

Notable Features

Most users praise the breathable and lightweight upper of the Adidas Cloudfoam Racer TR. They liked that this shoe suitable for exploring the urban jungle during the warm days. Another noteworthy feature is the presence of the rubber inserts on the outsole that peeks on the sides of the Cloudfoam midsole. This element resembles the rubber plugs of the renowned NMD silhouette and enhances the shoe traction.

Adidas Cloudfoam Racer TR History

In 2008, Adidas launched the NEO as their sub-brand that offers apparel, footwear, and accessories for the fresh, active, and fun consumers. The NEO aims in delivering affordably priced products to cater the young consumers who are in constant search of updating their wardrobes.

Meanwhile, the Adidas invented the Cloudfoam technology to cater the changing needs of its consumers. This tech delivers top-quality cushioning and instep comfort to its wearers. This technology was first utilized as a midsole to maximize the comfort during running or even while just walking. The brand, later on, used this technology as sockliner in their sandals.

Cloudfoam technology delivers superior cushioning on the hard surfaces. It provides unique soft foam for a smooth foot strike and reduces the overall weight of the sneaker.

The Adidas NEO Cloudfoam was introduced in the market as a silhouette that delivers soft, lightweight cushioning with a clean and sturdy outsole. One variation of the NEO Cloudfoam is the Racer TR that was stirred from trail-running footwear. This silhouette boasted about its lightness and comfort and made of mesh upper available in various colorways.

Additional Info

  • The upper of the Adidas Cloudfoam Racer TR is made of mesh for lightness and breathability.
  • The iconic Three-Stripe is welded for a sleek and slim profile.
  • It has a tongue and heel pull tab for easiness in putting on this pair.
  • It has synthetic heel quarter for added support and protection.
  • The Cloudfoam sockliner and midsole provide comfort and lightweight cushion.
  • It has a lightweight outsole with rubber pod inserts for traction and durability.
  • Adidas logo is found stitched on the tongue.


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