Arch support
Daily running
M: 284g | W: 251g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.


We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Extremely comfortable is a comment common from a large majority of runners who have tried the Adidas Element.

  • It is very affordable.

  • The durability is definitely above the wallet-friendly price tag.

  • Several runners liked its versatility as it can handle 10Ks to marathons.

  • Many runners appreciated the Element’s flexibility.

  • The plush cushioning is provided by a SuperCloud midsole and insole.

  • Breathability is guaranteed by the Air Mesh upper.

  • The Element from Adidas looks much better than its retail price, noted some users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number of comments mentioned that it runs at least half a size smaller.

  • The fit is a bit narrow for some.

Bottom line

A moderately light, very comfortable, and highly-functional shoe that does not pinch the wallet mainly characterizes the Adidas Element. Adidas also incorporates its stylistic flair by making it look like a casual shoe with average arch support. It is simply one of the best options that a recreational runner can have.

World wide, Element Athletic is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Adidas, is the 3rd most popular.

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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.

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.


Adidas keeps on using an outsole that generally resembles the configuration of the StretchWeb design. 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.


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.


The upper uses an Air Mesh all throughout the 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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