Who should buy the Adidas Galaxy 5

The Adidas Galaxy 5 is an excellent running shoe that can do a lot for such a budget-friendly price. With its qualities, it's perfect for runners: 

  • who want a comfortable daily trainer
  • with neutral pronation 
  • looking for a budget-friendly shoe
  • who need a pair of running shoes that can double for walking and gym training

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Who should NOT buy it

The Adidas Galaxy 5 is definitely a no for runners looking for a tempo trainer. If you want something that can go fast but won't break the bank, consider the Brooks Revel 5.

Adidas Galaxy 5 forefoot

Adidas Galaxy 5 vs. 4

  • The Adidas Galaxy 5 has a softer midfoot area as it no longer utilizes a plastic outer cage previously found in its predecessor. 
  • For zero rubbing on the foot, the toe box is made seamless. 
  • Displaying a sleeker and more minimalist exterior, the lightweight shoe has a revamped upper construction. 

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Premium comfort at an affordable price

Thanks to its Cloudfoam cushioning, many runners find the Adidas Galaxy 5's midsole very "soft" and "plush."

Adidas Galaxy 5 cloudfoam midsole

What's more is for the premium comfort you get, you only spend $50. 

Make the most out of the Adidas Galaxy 5

There is a lot that the Galaxy 5 can do outside of road running. With its comfort and low-to-the-ground design, it can be for all-day wear, walking, and gym training. 

Adidas Galaxy 5 lacing system

Support that will keep you steady

Although it's cushy, this shoe has sufficient arch support. According to reviewers, their feet remain stable from mile 1 down to the last.  

Adidas Galaxy 5 midsole foam

Keeps weight at an absolute minimum

"It barely has any bulk." 

Adidas Galaxy 5 heel collar

This is what experts have to say about the fifth edition of the Adidas Galaxy. They even say it "disappears" on foot. 

Beat the heat with the Adidas Galaxy 5

The shoe's mesh upper is not only light; it's also very perforated. It's perfect for warm days. 

Adidas Galaxy 5 mesh upper

Locks the foot in place

The upper is very supportive, you don't have to worry about slips. On top of this, the lacing system securely locks the foot in place and stays tied. 

Adidas Galaxy 5 lockdown

The heel is a letdown

There's barely any structure and reinforcement in the shoe's rearfoot, many have reported experiencing heel slips. 

Tank-like? Nah.

After only a few miles, the upper has already torn open. The midsole has packed out, and the outsole already has significant wear and tear.

Adidas Galaxy 5 grip

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Adidas Cloudfoam
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Walking, All-day wear / Jogging / Treadmill
Material: Mesh upper

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