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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A great many people who reviewed the Adidas Kiel said that it was very comfortable.
  • Most testers noted that the shoe goes well with most anything in the wardrobe. A user said the shoe’s colors were easy to match to clothes.
  • Based on a majority of reviews, the shoe has striking good looks that would be ideal for any respectable sneakerhead, hipster, or even coffee shop lurker.
  • One buyer called the Kiel a “smart-looking trainer” while another said that he had received plenty of compliments regarding the shoe.
  • Several people commended the shoe’s perfect fit. One person added that it feels comfortable even for those with feet that are a little bit wide.
  • A significant number of users praised the shoe’s light weight. One particular individual said it performs well as a skate shoe because it felt light on the feet.
  • A few testers called the shoe’s price as reasonable.
  • In two reviews, consumers wrote that the shoe is easy to clean.
  • A couple of customers were pleased that the Kiel provides proper ventilation.
  • The shoe is versatile and can be worn casually or in smarter settings, users said.
  • One tester was extremely pleased that the shoe gave excellent grip, even in wet weather.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Many testers were unhappy that the Adidas Kiel needs a lengthy break-in period before it feels comfortable enough. A customer said it took him about a week of breaking in the shoes plus a lot of painful blisters.
  • A few reviewers said the quality left a lot to be desired. They cited the sewing on the inside as poor while the inside fabric was claimed to rip away easily.
  • Two users said the shoe had a very high instep.
  • Additional colorways would have made this shoe an even better hit for sneakers fans, according to some reviewers.

Bottom line

The Adidas Kiel is an excellent shoe with a simplistic and timeless design that could be used casually during the daytime or for smarter occasions at night. It goes well with most outfits and feels very comfortable even during extended wear. However, users need to contend with the painful break-in period first before experiencing any comfort using this shoe.


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Adidas Kiel History

The Adidas name is synonymous with quality and comfort, and the Kiel delivers exactly that. It was initially released in 1972 during the Munich Olympic Games as a sailing shoe.

This new version is the first ever re-issue of the Kiel. Its grippy outsole makes it ideal for skate decks as it was on boat decks back then. It has kept its nautical round laces, breathable textile upper, and rubber toe bumper. The shoe released in a few colorways including black, collegiate navy, and dark grey.

Adidas Kiel Style

Pick out any clothing from your wardrobe, and the chances of it looking good with the Adidas Kiel is pretty high. The Kiel has that vintage look that never goes out of style.

The shoe looks great when paired with trousers, tan-colored chinos, and tracksuits and other sports wear. It can be worn with laces tucked inside or tied outside for casual and semi-casual outings.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas Kiel comes in men’s sizes which range from 3.5 to 13 with half sizes offered. For those who are looking for a laidback and low-top sneaker with just enough hold, the fit of the Kiel deserves serious consideration.

Notable Features

The classic simplistic style of the Adidas Kiel is its most outstanding feature. Add to that its grippy, durable outsole that is as at home on a boat’s slippery deck as it is on a skateboard and you’ve got a perfect combination.

The vulcanized rubber outsole gives wearers excellent board control. The synthetic textile upper and lining allow the foot to breathe while the rubber toe gives it improved durability.

Additional Info

  • The Kiel comes with spare laces.
  • The seamless toe cap offers added protection and durability.
  • There is adequate cushioning in the tongue and ankle collar for enhanced in-step feel.
  • The shoe has a Kiel call out in the bottom part of the heel.