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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Adidas LA Trainer OG History
The City of Los Angeles hosted the Olympic Games back in the ‘80s and to commemorate such event, the sportswear brand Adidas introduced the Adidas LA Trainer. Made with function over style in mind, the LA Trainer features a breathable nylon upper and a poly air midsole unit for flexibility while keeping it lightweight. It is the shoe that introduced the Vario Shock Absorption System or commonly known as the three removable heel pegs feature, which allows the user to customize cushioning.
In 1984, when Adidas moved its production from Germany to France, the “Made in West Germany” label on the tab of LA Trainers shoes was removed. The production shifted again in 1989, but that time to Eastern Europe and Asia. That move resulted in a small change in the original design of the LA Trainer, particularly an added “L.A. TRAINER” text on the stripe nearest to the heel.
Fast forward to 2016, the LA Trainer was re-issued as the Adidas LA Trainer OG. The signature removable heel pegs are still there, which complete its vintage look. Still a trainer that delivers performance-wise, it features a mix of suede and mesh materials on the upper for durability and breathability, a grippy rubber outsole, an OrthoLite sock liner, and an injected EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning.
Adidas LA Trainer OG Style
The Adidas LA Trainer OG oozes vintage appeal with its mesh-suede or plain pigskin suede upper and signature heel pegs. It has a low-top structure and a sporty yet stylish look that anyone - men and women alike, can rock with any casual wear. One of the classic ‘80s shoes, it sure is a throwback shoe that can still stand out in the athleisure trend.
Fit & Sizing
The Adidas LA Trainer OG has an overall structure that provides the needed hold and support on foot for light activities and casual use. A traditional flat lace closure for adjustable and secure fit, as well as lightly padded tongue and collar, are also featured. Men can avail these shoes from sizes 4 to 12, while women have options from sizes 6 to 11. Both men’s and women’s sizing are in standard width.
One feature that the Adidas LA Trainer has been known for since it initially dropped in the ‘80s is its three removable tri-color heel pegs for customized cushioning, otherwise known as the Adidas Vario Shock Absorption System. Such feature, of course, is manifested on the OG version as well. Some releases of the LA Trainer OG also features the “L.A. TRAINER” text on one of the Three Stripes – the one closest to the heel, in particular.
- The upper of the Adidas LA Trainer OG is made of mesh with pigskin suede overlays for added durability and breathability. However, there are other releases which feature just a premium pigskin suede all throughout the upper.
- The Three Stripes branding in synthetic leather material is visible on the side panels.
- The midsole is of injected EVA material for lightweight cushioning, while the outsole is made of rubber for grip.
- The tongue is lightly padded for comfort.
- The Adidas brandings are visible on the tongue and heel.