282 users: 4.5 / 5
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10oz / Women 8.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 7 hours of research from the internet

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.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The fit is a bit narrow for some.

Bottom line

A moderately-light, very comfortable, and highly-functional running 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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

Size and fit

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Jens Jakob Andersen
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.