Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the buyers of the Adidas Element V have described the shoe as comfortable and enjoyable to wear.
  • The shoe easily accommodated an orthotic, which helped with plantar fasciitis, according to a user. Another reviewer has also found the shoe to be especially supportive in the arch area.
  • The Cloudfoam midsole offered ample cushioning, as stated by several wearers. Meanwhile, others claimed it provided a bouncy ride.
  • The shoe’s minimal weight was commended by many customers.
  • The shoe was still very comfortable and efficient even after many hours of wear, some runners observed.
  • A couple of users noted that the Adidas Element V did not require a break-in period.
  • Many consumers agreed that the shoe was versatile: it was useful for walking, working out, and running.
  • The Adidas Element V had a fantastic shock-absorbing capability, said a tester.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One wearer experienced hearing a squeaking sound from the shoe while walking in it.

Bottom line

Because of its functional features and reliable performance, many users have claimed that the Adidas Element V is a neutral running shoe that is worth recommending to their peers. Others were just thoroughly convinced with the shoe’s usability and practicality that they bought more than one pair. Overall, same as with the well known Adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged, the Adidas Element V has successfully proven to be a versatile and stylish running shoe that has effectively impressed its market.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Women: 8.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Women: 24mm
Forefoot height: Women: 14mm
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $70
Colorways: Black, Grey, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
A popular pick

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  • The Adidas Element V is a breathable running shoe that is also lightweight all over, thanks to its stretchable mesh upper and Cloudfoam midsole. This shoe is designed for neutral pronators or runners who have high arches.
  • It has an ultra-breathable mesh upper that makes it suitable for running, especially during warm weather, as the material guarantees ventilation and air circulation to keep the foot feeling fresh and dry.
  • The sole unit tandem of Cloudfoam and AdiWear® supplies an adequate amount of cushioning and support. The flexible nature of the sole unit allows the runner to go on long distances without worries, while its premium feel provides a luxurious sensation while worn.

The Adidas Element V provides an accurate fit according to the wearer’s usual size preference. It has an anatomical foot shape that allows the width to be precise as well. The Element V is specially designed for women, and it is available in medium width.

The AdiWear® rubber is one of Adidas’ proprietary outsole materials that is dedicated to bringing traction and protection to the und\erfoot. It has a durable characteristic that effectively shields the foot from abrasion and impact that might cause pain.

In the Element V, the AdiWear® has a layout that takes the form of blocks in a checkered formation, which makes it look similar to the usual appearance of StretchWeb rubber, another outsole material from Adidas. Such a design allows for an even distribution of shock, preventing tension-related pain.

The Cloudfoam material is made from a particular compound of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). The result is a midsole that provides a superb instep comfort, especially in the areas where it is most needed, such as the heel and the arch.

The Cloudfoam structure features a heel pad that gives an additional layer of underfoot cushioning. This material makes the Adidas Element V comfortable enough that it eliminates the need for extra inserts or other accessories.

On top of the Cloudfoam midsole is an Ortholite® sock liner that offers an elevated level of comfort and performance. Because of its antimicrobial property, the Ortholite® insole also controls odor and bacteria buildup, which is usually caused by moisture.

An air mesh upper gives the Adidas Element V a breathable and lightweight coverage. It also has a stretchable quality, which allows the shoe to adapt to the shape of the runner’s foot and provide a customized fit.

The numerous holes in the air mesh guarantee air circulation not only in an in-and-out fashion but also around the foot. It finishes off as a minimized-seam construction, with the aim of reducing skin irritation and discomfort.

The rearfoot and tongue have fabric pull-tabs, both of which work as an aid that promotes an effortless way of wearing and taking off the Adidas Element V.

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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.

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