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.
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WeightMen: 6.9ozWomen: 6oz
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateMar 2014
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81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
Overall, the shoe is not very grippy I'd say but it's incredibly comfortable and incredibly light weight
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.
...the Adidas Element Refine still promises to be a superb minimal shoe, and offers something slightly different.
At first it was kind of a little bit stiff; then it softened up to the exact form of my foot.
Updates to Adidas Element Refine Tricot
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.
Adidas Element Refine Tricot size and fit
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.