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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    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.

    Competition

    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
    $70
  • Weight
    Men: 10oz
    Women: 8.9oz
  • 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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to Adidas Element Athletic

  • Novice and recreational runners continue to get regular bonuses from Adidas through their hassle-free and functional shoes. In the Adidas Element, these runners get a superb blend of reliable performance in a nicely-designed package.
  • Comfort, being what entry-level runners would look for, is provided by the plush cushioning of the SuperCloud tech in the midsole. It makes the run soft and smooth without sapping the energy of the runners. The padding all throughout the shoe is generous as well without adding too much weight for cozy comfort.
  • Adidas gives a touch of flexibility for a shoe as well-cushioned as the Element. The flex grooves in the outsole provide that factor that neutral runners always look for in a shoe.

Adidas Element Athletic size and fit

On the narrower side of medium is the fit of the Adidas Element. This favors those with narrow to medium feet as the fit is snug from the back to the rear with just enough wiggle room for the toes to splay. Medium is the offered width of this shoe. Sizing is fairly standard in the men’s 6 to 15 and women’s 4 to 11.


Outsole

Adidas keeps on using an outsole that generally resembles the configuration of the StretchWeb design. The same outsole technology is found in the popular Adidas Pure Boost.  The rubber in the outsole is a little elastic and is covered mostly with durable carbon rubber for enhanced durability. Giving the shoe a natural running element are the numerous vertical flex grooves that stretch from the heel to the forefoot.


Midsole

The SuperCloud, which is made of lightweight EVA, offers plush cushioning. It is a bit softer than some of Adidas’ midsole foams and the main reason why the run is very comfortable. Since it covers the entire midsole, the SuperCloud helps with the transition from the rear to the forefoot.


Upper

The upper uses an Air Mesh all throughout this road running shoe for an exceptionally breathable ride. Providing structure and secure midfoot hold are the 3 Stripes Logo that is made of rubber. These are carefully welded into the sides to lessen the risks of irritation in the interior. A leather-like overlay in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot gives all-around security and durability.


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