We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most customers admired the light weight of the Adidas Element Refine Tricot.
  • The runners mentioned that the shoe felt really soft and smooth against their skin.
  • The users also lauded the snug fit of the shoe since it prevented the sliding of the foot inside the shoe.
  • A few fashion lovers praised the aesthetic look of the shoe.
  • The shoe is available in several color schemes and such an inclusion got positive feedback.
  • A runner thought that the shoes were great for running; he ran over 10 miles per day and observed that it was efficient.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few people mentioned that the shoe, being minimalist in its design, did not provide enough support for running.
  • A purchaser found these shoes a little too tight around the toe box.
  • For a user, the shoes wore off after only 2 months of running.
  • A runner found the shoe’s mid-sole construction a bit inadequate for longer sessions of running.

Bottom line

Adidas Element Refine Tricot is a lightweight, neutral running shoe made for runners who prefer a minimalist design and a sock-like fit for their feet. Just like the popular Adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged, the shoe is made of durable materials and, in addition to providing the needed comfort, ensures a good responsive ride for the runners. It is available in many colors, so it potentially satisfies the fashion urge, as well.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 6.9oz | Women: 6oz
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Distance: Competition
Release date: Mar 2014
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $70
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Orange, Pink
Small True to size Large
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Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | NOBA TECH | | Level 1 expert

    Overall, the shoe is not very grippy I'd say but it's incredibly comfortable and incredibly light weight

  • 80 / 100 | good4theSOLE | Level 1 expert

    The traction on the bottom is kinda lame; it doesn't give you much; it's almost smooth; doesn't feel like there are ridges or anything but being a minimal shoe it is light, which is amazing.

  • 80 / 100 | The Running Shoe Review | Level 3 expert

    ...the Adidas Element Refine still promises to be a superb minimal shoe, and offers something slightly different.

  • 80 / 100 | Desert Garage | Level 1 expert

    At first it was kind of a little bit stiff; then it softened up to the exact form of my foot.

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The best feature of the Adidas Element Refine Tricot is that it, being a part of the Better Place Program, has been partially produced using recyclable materials.

The EVA material and the Flex Grooves on its outsole ensure maximum flexibility and optimal traction on the asphalt.

The EVA layer, combined with the integrated sock-liner, results in a very comfortable and durable midsole for the runners.

Its highly ventilated knitted mesh material makes this shoe very breathable. It wicks off the sweat and dries any moisture instantly, thus maintaining a healthy environment for the runner.

The Adidas Element Refine Tricot features a minimalist design, it comes out in the standard running length and has the standard width of D and B for men and women respectively. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural curve of the human foot.

Adidas Element Tricot Refine has the ‘Super-grippy EVA outsole’ which boasts an optimal combination of comfortability, traction, and long-term durability. This one piece outsole provides enhanced crushing and gripping properties for the runners.

The design is further improved by the provision of Flex Grooves, which allow natural flexing of the foot during the running session.

The Ethyl Vinyl Acetate or EVA midsole ensures high protection against abrasion and excessive wear over long durations of time. This simple material, owing to its brilliant impact and stress resistance properties, adds to the shoe’s durability and ensures pleasant rides for its users.

The shoe also has the integrated sock liner, which ensures added comfort for the users, natural movement of the foot and more foundation for the shoe’s structure.

The lightweight and breathable knitted mesh or tricot allows maximum air circulation and a regulated environment for the foot at all times. Made from recycled materials, this material is still able to ensure instant cooling and drying of the foot, even when used for all-day activities.

This shoe also features the 3-stripes design, which is found in the mid-foot section. These stripes enhance the aesthetic look of the shoe, but they also assist the main fabric in hugging the foot snugly.


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