We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A budget shoe that is incredibly comfortable is personified by the Adidas Madoru, according to most comments.
  • An affordable shoe that works as designed.
  • The durability is what one can expect from a shoe that hovers around the inexpensive price range.
  • Some comments mentioned about the shoe’s plush cushioning.
  • There is enough flexibility in this shoe for a more natural ride, despite the prominent chunk of the midsole, based on some reviews.
  • There is a moderate pop from the plush cushioning as noted by several runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners preferred lower numbers on the scale.
  • There were a handful of comments about the heel as too loose.

Bottom line

The Madoru runs under the radar in the lineup of Adidas running shoes. Because it does not hug the headlines, runners who are looking for a no-fuss shoe with plush cushioning and comfort in a really affordable price may miss out on this option. The decent arch support and the durability of the outsole only enhance its appeal to runners of all levels.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.5oz | Women: 7.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $80
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Red, Yellow
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  • Adidas’ aim to provide entry level runners with shoes that can make seasoned ones envious is evident with the introduction of the Madoru. The running shoe delivers a plush kind of cushioning with just enough zip on it that will not zap the energy of the runners.
  • The outsole is topped with premium AdiWear for a long-enduring run that can only make the comfortable runs even more enjoyable.
  • The shoe breathability is excellent courtesy of a really breathable mesh that molds to the foot of the runner. This upper makes the shoe excellent for hot weather runs.

Adidas offers a spacious room throughout the shoe. The fit is still considered average, but will have no trouble accommodating those with slightly wider or inflexible fit. Part of the plush comfort in the shoe stems from the generous room in all areas. Available widths are medium, wide, and extra wide. Sizing is standard with options 7 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.

The outsole resembles the StretchWeb version of Adidas’ premium outsole like that of the Adidas Pure Boost, but with added flex grooves. It is elastic and has excellent flexibility. The full-contact outsole enhances the transition from heel to the forefoot. Covering the entire outsole is the AdiWear rubber, which is often found in many of Adidas’ shoes because of its maximum durability.

A full-length Adiprene+ midsole foam covers the area for consistent cushioning and better movement through the gait cycle. It is made of lightweight EVA that also has superb durability and responsiveness.

An AirMesh upper greets runners when the Madoru is taken right out of the box. The superior breathability of the mesh which is carried over to its recent version, the Madoru 2.0 makes it excellent for hot conditions to keep the foot cool and dry. Breathability continues with a leather-like cage that is perforated by small holes forming the Adidas logo. There are stitched overlays in the all areas for durable support and excellent security. Step-in comfort begins with the plush collar while the interior is lined with soft fabric.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.