Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The comfort is unbeatable in the 2nd version of the Madoru based on a good number of reviews.
  • Most runners consider the shoe a bargain for its price.
  • The durability is more than average, which is great, considering its affordable really affordable price.
  • It is a very stylish shoe that is eerily similar to one of the most expensive shoes in Adidas’ lineup, according to some comments.
  • The Madoru 2.0 is a reliable trainer that can be used for casual wear.
  • It has decent flexibility.
  • The super breathable coverage ensures a cool and dry run.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several runners made the observation that the cushioning is too soft.
  • A number of users believe that a slight weight reduction would have made this a serious lightweight trainer.

Bottom line

The Adidas Madoru 2.0 is a lightweight road running shoe designed for neutral runners. Even in its inexpensive shoes, Adidas continues to push the limit between performance and lifestyle. The Madoru 2.0 is a no-frills type of shoe that delivers plush cushioning, moderate arch support, and top of the line appeal.

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Good to know

  • Adidas brings out the best in their “budget” shoes most of the time. In the 2nd installment of the Madoru, a more breathable upper and a new design that mimics one of its top models will certainly create a larger than usual following for an inexpensive shoe.
  • Style comes as the most obvious change in the neutral running shoe. Fans of Adidas will notice that it somehow resembles one of its most expensive and top of the line casual shoes just like the Adidas Pure Boost. The upgrade will certainly boost the popularity of the Madoru 2.0 as those who are working on a budget will definitely choose the less expensive shoe with performance in running an added boost.
  • When it comes to performance, the more durable and breathable upper is already a guarantee of a more long-lasting performance and a more ventilated ride as the miles go on. The new mesh is more open with wider holes.
  • The outsole is completely modified. In this 2nd iteration of the Madoru, there is now a web of micro lugs in the forefoot and halfway through the midfoot for enhanced cushioning. A large midfoot cut provides added flexibility.
  • The heel tab in the new version is also larger than the previous one for more convenience and ease in putting on or taking off the shoe.

The fit of the 2nd edition is very much the same as the original model. It has consistently average space in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot. There is also sufficient volume in the toe box for more breathability and plush comfort. Medium and wide are the available widths of this shoe. Sizing is standard with options 6 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.

The outsole is covered in durable carbon rubber all throughout. It has enough traction for road running, even in wet conditions. Adidas uses a full contact outsole for a more effective transition and enhanced durability. The micro lugs in the outsole provide the needed grip on the road. There is a large midfoot cut that is complemented by one near the forefoot for flexibility.

Adidas’ proprietary Supercloud midsole runs the whole length of the shoe for better transition from the back to the front. It is made of lightweight EVA that has Adidas-exclusive technologies that make it more plush and durable.

The upper is glaringly very breathable. Besides the open mesh, the leather-like rib cage is dotted with holes forming the 3 Stripes logo for even more breathability. The rib cage holds the foot down for security and durable support. A traditional lace-up closure clinches the fit throughout the run.


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