Who should buy the Adidas EQ21

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The Adidas EQ21 is a running shoe made for neutral runners and supinators (foot rolls outward) alike. It's an affordable shoe that's meant for the following: 

Surfaces:     

  • Road 
  • Track

Adidas EQ21 traction

Distance: Short to middle distance

Activities: 

  • Daily running
  • Jogging
  • Walking
  • Athleisure 
  • Casual wear

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a stability shoe, you can skip the Adidas EQ21. And if you want to run fast, there are speed trainers that can up your pace.

A couch for the feet

Testers report that when slipping on the EQ21 from Adidas, it feels like "walking on clouds." 

Adidas EQ21 comfortable

Looks can be deceiving

It looks bulky outside, but it's quite the opposite when worn. 

Adidas EQ21 lightweight

The Adidas EQ21 delivers a fun ride

Bouncy and springy — this is how reviewers find the Adidas EQ21. 

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Ready to take the heat

Various runners claim that their feet never feel hot in the shoe. 

Adidas EQ21 breathable

An eye-candy

It's "stylish" but "not flashy." You can even wear it to your more laidback events. 

Adidas EQ21 style

Minimal arch support from the EQ21

There are those that have experienced aching legs after their run because of this. 

Adidas EQ21 arch support

Annoying laces

It's unnecessary and the laces flop around. 

Adidas EQ21 lockdown

Don't expect a supportive fit

Unlike the Ultraboosts, the Adidas EQ21 doesn't have a snug, sock-like fit. Road runners say it's a "downgrade." 

Adidas EQ21 padding

Rubs the heel

Around the rear, the fit is too tight, which causes abrasion on the foot. 

Adidas EQ21 heel

Nice to know 

In their efforts to end plastic waste by 2024, Adidas has made sure to incorporate recycled materials into the makeup of the Adidas EQ21. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.3oz / Women 9.5oz
Drop: 10.5mm
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear, Walking / Jogging / Treadmill

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Author
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.