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- The Adidas Essential Fun 2.0 is a shoe that caters to both fitness aficionados and fashion-forward individuals. It looks similar to its predecessor, the Essential Fun, but some of its features have been updated to improve its performance. A noticeable change is that the midfoot panel now encompasses the medial and lateral areas for increased lateral support.
- It also uses a new mesh fabric that is more breathable. The heel area sports a new textile fabric instead of synthetic leather.
- The rubber outsole utilizes a different tread pattern and has flex grooves that promote flexibility.
The Essential Fun 2.0 uses rubber in its outsole. This compound is durable, but it has enough flexibility to facilitate proper bending of the foot. It extends partially to the toe box, protecting this area during movements that require pushing off from the tips of the toes. It is also non-marking which means that it will not leave scuff marks.
The tread pattern on this model is not as pronounced compared to other training shoes. This type of outsole is designed to be more efficient on flat surfaces. It also features shallow grooves that facilitate multidirectional movements and foot flexibility.
The Essential Fun 2.0 utilizes a lightweight, full-length foam that promises to deliver all-day comfort. It is durable and resilient to keep up with rigorous workouts. It is also thick in the heel area to absorb shock during high-intensity training, but it thins out towards the forefoot to allow it to bend naturally.
The Adidas Essential Fun 2.0 uses a mixture of textile and mesh in its upper. The textile, which is stronger than mesh, appears in the high-abrasion heel area. The mesh fabric is on the forefoot section. It allows heat to dissipate while working out.
Supporting the midfoot is a cage-like structure that integrates with the lacing system. Tightening the laces causes the panels to react, therefore heightening the lateral support.
It uses round laces that pass through a single slot on the padded tongue to keep it from moving out of place during workouts.
The toe box has a synthetic overlay that protects the mesh from abrasion. It also protects the toes from impact during training.
Both the tongue and collar are padded to keep the instep and the Achilles tendon comfortable. The collar also prevents the heel from accidentally slipping out while the user is in motion.
An external clip anchors the foot to the midsole. It also keeps the heel locked and stable during workouts.