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

13 reasons to buy

  • A lot of buyers gave this model a thumbs up. Satisfied with their purchase, they even recommended this product to others.
  • Almost all were pleased with the comfortable feel this shoe provided.
  • “Cool”, “sleek” and “trendy” were words commonly used to describe Adidas Loop Racer’s silhouette. Others added that it did not look masculine or bulky.
  • Many were happy with the shoe’s ankle support.
  • It was easy to wear, lightweight, breathable, durable, super flexible and well-made, based on a couple of reviews.
  • This model is available in nice, bright colors as well as subtle, neutral tones. Other added that the vibrant-colored pairs were perfect for spring.
  • The sneaker’s sole offered good grip on the court, a few noticed.
  • Those who have tried the shoe for tennis, running, daily walking and gym training were pleased with its performance.
  • It is great for everyday wear, nearly all revealed.
  • The Loop Racer can be worn with anything sporty or casual.
  • This product looked better in person, a small number of buyers disclosed.
  • Priced reasonably, most considered it a good buy.
  • This sneaker is on sale at various retail stores.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Consumers’ main concern about the product is its width. A bit on the narrow side, many had to size up to get a comfortable fit.
  • One buyer complained about the laces being too short.
  • Not many wished this model was available in other colors like yellow-orange and bright blue.
  • The Adidas Loop Racer’s sole was too thick around the heel area, a purchaser noticed.
  • A few days of wear is required to get the right level of comfort, a few informed.

Bottom line

The Adidas Originals Loop Racer was put on the market unannounced. Despite this, the shoe, with its modern and sleek design, still managed to catch the attention of sneaker enthusiasts worldwide.

Comfortable, lightweight, breathable, durable, functional, not to mention affordable, this lifestyle sneaker soon became the go-to trainer and everyday footwear of those who have experienced it first-hand. Issues about its narrow construction were commonly heard. This minor flaw, however, was easily brushed off and quickly fixed by sizing up.



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Adidas Loop Racer History

This sneaker’s troubled history dates back to the year 1972. In preparation for the Olympics in Munich, German brand Adidas saw it fit to develop a running shoe. Made of breathable nylon mesh and suede, the runner, recognized for its textured tongue and distinct traction tread outsole, was also lightweight. Super light, it was dubbed as the Adidas SL 72.

In the 1980’s, this runner turned into a sought-after fashion piece and gained a cult following. The SL 72’s fame, unfortunately, was short-lived.

Fast forward to the year 2012, people behind the brand thought it was a good time for this model to relive its glory days. Re-released in its original form and with the classic gum sole, the shoe looked even better dressed in vibrant royal red.

Two years after, Adidas, impressed with the SL 72’s aesthetics, adopted elements of its design to create the SL Loop Runner. Launched in June 2014, it was offered in four color schemes namely solar green, frost mint, solar red and onyx. Still lightweight, the shoe donned a T-toe cap, a concave midsole and razor-edged three stripes, that also serves as the shoe’s eyestay.  

March 2015, this runner underwent another transformation. Making a reappearance in the form of a racer, the new version was called the Adidas SL Loop Racer. In this iteration, the serrated eyestay was replaced with a unique loop-lace construction. The T-toe cap was also removed to give it a more streamlined look. Soon after, other editions debuted, the Adidas Loop Racer included.

Entering the scene under the radar, not many know about its release. Looking almost identical to its predecessor, this shoe’s design is only distinguished by the absence of the “SL Loop” callout on the heel. Considering the lack of publicity, it’s impressive how this shoe managed to make its mark in the market.

Adidas Loop Racer Style

Flaunting a contemporary silhouette, expect this shoe to receive a lot of compliments. Although created for the streets, this lifestyle shoe, lightweight, durable as well as comfortable, also doubles up as a trainer. It rocks well with sporty and casual clothes including jeans, joggers and shorts.

Fit & Sizing

Slim and sleek, this shoe usually fits tight and narrow. With the right size, wearers can enjoy the premium comfort this sneaker is capable of providing. Made with breathable mesh, count on this shoe to keep your feet cool and dry even in scorching heat. The Adidas Loop Race is a unisex model that is available in men’s sizes 4-14.

Notable Features

The Loop Racer is popular for its signature loop lacing system that comes with rope laces. Depending on the colorway, the loop is either outfitted in two-split colors or in the form of webbing three-stripes. The sculpted EVA midsole is also a head turner. Lightweight and well-cushioned, count on this to provide enhanced comfort underfoot.

Additional Info

  • The unique fastening system helps wearers adjust the shoe’s fit.
  • The Loop Racer’s interior is lined with mesh for better in-shoe feel.
  • Its durable rubber outsole offers reliable grip and traction.
  • On/off is made easy with the heel and tongue pull tabs.
  • For branding, the iconic “Trefoil” logo is engraved on the front sole which also serves as a toe bumper. “Adidas” callout is also displayed on the tongue pull tab.
  • The latest version of the Loop Racer gets a slightly softer mesh for better form-fitting fit.
  • The refined upper gives the shoe an even more comfortable wear.