Verdict from 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Bringing back the craze from the original EQT lines, the Adidas EQT Cushion ADV replenishes the vintage image which made the shoe highly recommended by many buyers.
  • The sneaker exhibited a contemporary outlook with details contributing to its exquisite appearance.
  • Several buyers simply just love the overall package that the silhouette provides.
  • Some users experienced an excellent fit when putting on the shoes.
  • A handful of the customers expressed their sincere appreciation of the shoe's superb value for money.
  • The shoe's aesthetics was very well thought, and a few users even praised the colorways.
  • Keeping track with the recent Adidas brand releases, the sneaker maintains its high quality built.
  • The shoe is best for use for extended periods of time, as shared by a tiny number of wearers.
  • A couple of users would even consider buying another colorway of the pair.
  • As the name implies, the Adidas EQT Cushion ADV supplies excellent comfort for everyday usage.

4 reasons not to buy

  • For an EQT shoe, a couple of users stated that the shoe is bulky and large.
  • A purchaser commented that the shoe, as compared to other Adidas sneakers, is slightly heavier.
  • Two users are waiting for the sneaker to go on sale as the price range is a bit pricey for them.
  • Although cushioning is part of the shoe's brand name, it still requires a more prolonged breaking in period.

Bottom line

Giving patronage to the original EQT cushion launched in the early 90's, the Adidas EQT Cushion ADV reestablishes its name into the sneaker world collection. With its premium quality materials and a sleek and low profile silhouette, the sneaker cemented its status to a highly recommended shoe.

Investing in modern-day cushioning, the shoe is installed with a combination of features like the soft EVA midsole and an OrthoLite footbed for added comfort. When it comes to the shoe's aesthetics, it resembles a smooth, sharp cut that is adequate for street wear.

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Good to know

The shoe fits true to size with the help of the elastic tongue that is attached to the laterals and tucked in at the bottom of the footbed. A TPU patch strengthens the thick lace fastening system and enables a secure fit. Sizes for men is made available from 5-12 in D medium width.

The sneaker projects a very low to the ground silhouette with a sharp sloping upper. This form is adequate for partnering with slim fit pants complementing the color of the kicks. The black colorways of the shoe are more suitable for semi-formal wear. The knitted mesh upper can also be sported in the gym or sporty activities, but the shoe is relatively made for street wear.

Depending on the colorway, the Adidas EQT Cushion ADV was first inaugurated as a limited edition shoe that was made available in three continents mainly Asia, Europe, and North America. It was created at a limited number of 1,991 pairs only, giving homage to the year the sneaker's original release. This is supported by a deubré at the left shoe with a printed 1991 and in the other pair projecting an ordinal numeral on which the buyer bought the shoe.

Several subsequent colorways were released then after maintaining the Nubuck heel overlay extending from the mid shank patched with a TPU cage for added stability and support. The EVA midsole is also unique as it is softer than an ordinary midsole material which is also supported by dotted TPU extensions.

Adidas' proud legacy as a shoemaker was not always progressive throughout the times. There came a period where their sales were stooping down as other companies prevailed. Adidas did a turnout and produced a shoe line that revolved around the idea that additional promotions and over-consumption on a product should be removed. A shoe being essential was the key to its major renovation.

In 1991, the idea of a shoe that functions well in all sorts of field and activity was born. It was coined the Adidas EQT line. The shoe's versatile silhouette catered sports like basketball, soccer, volleyball, and to some extent, even running. This was made possible by the attachment of the Torsion System which enables the wearer to stride with ease, minimizing injuries and maximizing foot activity. The technology administers ample support in the midfoot while generating a smooth heel-to-toe flow due to its bridge-like behavior.

Models like the EQT Support, EQT Racing, and EQT Cushion were among those that received a retro in the more recent years with each shoe functioning differently from the other.

The EQT Cushion, one model of the coveted line, was reissued in 2017 following an upgrade of the original features and is first launched as a continent exclusive limited edition. The shoe line came in three colors, one for each continent mainly North America (green colorway), Europe (comes in blue), and Asia (Turbo red). The limited colorways were succeeded by general releases in various designs and colors in the same year.

  • An arched mesh heel is visible at the back of the model which is also embroidered with premium yarn.
  • The herringbone outsole is composed of a durable rubber for grip and durability.
  • The black colorways have a deubré that differ with the limited editions that feature a printed EQT instead of numbers.
  • The upper of the shoe is composed of a knitted mesh with textile lining excluding the Triple Black colorway which sports a pixelated knit.
  • The three stripe tape logo is visible at the laterals of the vamp with a pair of fused zigzag overlays which was purposely made to secure the toe front's form.


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