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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.

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

9 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers find the Adidas McCarten SPZL very comfortable.
  • It fits true to size, according to a few wearers.
  • Several purchasers said that the shoe is very stylish.
  • A few liked the fact that the design is unique and uncommon.
  • The Adidas McCarten SPZL is good value for money, based on a few buyers’ opinions.
  • Some shoe users mentioned that the pair is versatile and could be dressed in both casual and smart clothes.
  • A good number of buyers find the shoe’s materials and craftsmanship to be of excellent quality.
  • One reviewer noticed that the shoe has great attention to detail.
  • A handful of retro-loving sneaker fans loved the Adidas McCarten SPZL’s old-school inspired aesthetic.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of purchasers disclosed that the shoe runs a bit smaller than their usual size.
  • One consumer finds it to be a bit pricey.

Bottom line

Equipped with the stylish looks of a moccasin and the comfort of a sneaker, the Adidas McCarten SPZL is one of the most sought-after pairs in the brand’s Spezial Collection. Its vintage design that is somehow adapted into a modern shoe is what makes it a must-have for most consumers. With its smart looks, the shoe can be worn casually or for business meetings and semi-formal gatherings.

Although some have found the pair to be pricey, its versatility, stylishly classic design, and comfort could well be worth the price.



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Adidas McCarten SPZL History

The McCarten SPZL is a part of the Adidas Originals Spezial line’s second collection. Adidas Spezial is the brainchild of long-time Adidas collaborator Gary Aspden. According to Aspden, he wanted to create a range that is the antithesis of hype and something that would rather sit outside today’s footwear bandwagon. He also added that his inspiration behind the Spezial line is the culture and things he saw growing up.

Adidas Spezial's vision is to reimagine classics and celebrate a moment in time when youth and hip-hop cultures adapted sportswear. The line was first introduced in early 2017 under Adidas Originals.

The Adidas McCarten SPZL was released as part of the line’s Fall/Winter 2017 Collection. According to its designer, Gary Aspden, it is a successor of the Adidas Albrecht SPZL. The shoe’s name was derived from Aspden’s good friend and avid Adidas collector Bobby McCarten. Moreover, it was McCarten’s offhand and obscure shoe collection that was used as the muse for the Spezial F/W ’17 Collection.

The Adidas McCarten SPZL stays true to its retro roots with its dashing brown leather finish and classic appeal.

Adidas McCarten SPZL Style

The Adidas McCarten SPZL exudes a timeless casual dapperness that offers something unique to today’s sneaker community. Its smart-looking design can be dressed up in chinos and polo shirt for semi-formal occasions or could be paired in jeans and a shirt on casual days.

Fit & Sizing

The Adidas McCarten SPZL is available in men’s sizes only. The gentlemen can choose from sizes 4 to 12.5. It generally runs true to size, but some have reported that it could be smaller than the normal size. Fitting the pair in person is recommended.

Notable Features

This 70s inspired leisure shoe is crafted from leather for that stylishly classy look. It features a traditional lace-up closure to keep your feet snug and in place. The shoe has a soft leather lining and padded sockliner for in-step comfort and cushioning.

Additional Info

  • The shoe is available in D – Medium width.
  • It is part of the “Freizeit” range, which means leisure time in German.
  • The Adidas McCarten SPZL has a hidden three-stripe logo placed on the shoe’s lateral side near the eye stay.