Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Nearly all buyers recommend the Adidas Explosive Bounce.
  • The shoes are really comfortable to play in, many wearers say.
  • The fit is nearly perfect according to many wearers.
  • A good number of reviewers said that the shoes have great traction. Very minimal wiping is required on dusty courts.
  • Several users really love the feel of Bounce on their feet.
  • Some note that the shoes provide good ankle support and secure the foot pretty well.
  • The shoes look nice and feel light according to a few.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester say that the Explosive Bounce has minimal midfoot support. He does not recommend the shoes for people suffering from plantar fasciitis.
  • One user says that the shoes are heavy and uncomfortable. Said user suffers from blisters after every practice.
  • These really look like team shoes, a handful remark.

Bottom line

Despite its plain appearance, the Adidas Explosive Bounce is an excellent basketball shoe that suits all types of players. Great cushioning, traction, fit, and support; the Explosive Bounce performs really well without any hype.

For those looking for an affordable hoop shoe and love Bounce cushioning, the Explosive Bounce is the perfect fit.



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  • 96 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    What Explosive Bounce has is great performance without the hype.

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Profile of Adidas Explosive Bounce

Explode to the basket with the Adidas Explosive Bounce. The shoes feature a breathable mesh upper and molded heel piece that keep the foot stable while driving and cutting to the hoop. The energy return of Bounce cushioning helps you push the pace while the clock winds down.


Cushion. Featuring full-length Bounce cushioning, which is one of Adidas’ versatile foams, the Adidas Explosive Bounce brings all-day energized comfort to any sport.

Bounce provides enhanced comfort and flexibility. It offers a good balance between impact protection and court feel.

At the midfoot, Bounce cushioning is raised for torsional support. This setup provides a seamless heel-to-toe transition.

Traction. A very organic coral-like traction pattern covers the Explosive Bounce’s rubber outsole. The rubber is non-marking, and the traction pattern is soft and pliable; ensuring excellent grip on the hardwood.


Length and Width. The Adidas Explosive Bounce runs a bit long. Wide-footers can stay true to size; narrow and normal footers may need to go down half a size. It is still best to try them out before purchase.

Lockdown. The Adidas Explosive Bounce’s lacing setup is similar to the Crazy Explosive’s. They have similarly positioned eyelets: three at the midfoot, and two at the top of the TPU heel wrap.

The three midfoot eyelets are anchored to the base of the shoe; keeping the foot contained during sharp cuts and lateral movements.

A molded heel piece wraps around the ankle; pulling it back and locking it in place.


Adidas utilizes a mesh upper for the Explosive Bounce. This material is soft and flexible, providing maximum breathability and a comfortable fit. The shoe’s lacing system is also reinforced by TPU for added durability.


Even with a mid-top design, the ankle collar of the Adidas Explosive Bounce is flexible enough to allow a full range of motion. Ankle support and stability is maintained by the shoe’s sturdy heel counter.