The gap between lifestyle sneakers and road running shoes is bridged through the Response Super. With the Boost and Response foams underfoot, you won't need a separate shoe for moderate workouts after a day of walking. This reasonably-priced sneaker offers a lot for its price tag.
- Versatile (walks, runs, gym)
- Comfy for all-day wear
- Hugs the foot
- Stable and supportive
- Nice colorways
- Tight toebox
- Chafing from tongue and heel
Who should buy the Adidas Response Super
Adidas Response Super is one of the running-oriented sneaks you can comfortably strap up for the following:
- casual and all-day wear
- short-distance road running
- warm-up treadmills runs
- moderate gym workouts
Who should not buy the shoe
Be warned that the Adidas Response Super is not a dedicated running shoe, as advertised on the brand’s official website. If you want a performance daily trainer with Boost cushioning, consider the Adidas Alphaboost.
And if you don’t mind stretching your shoe budget to get that ultimate comfort of the Boost foam, consider a shoe from the Ultraboost series.
Hugs the foot but a little tight in the toebox
Most of the wearers appreciated the snug and secure fit provided by the upper of the Response Super. They mentioned that the material has enough give in the areas where it’s needed to make sure that the foot is not cramped. The heel counter also creates a secure hold with no complaints about heel slippage.
On the downside, more than a few people found the toebox a bit narrow for their liking, even reporting some pressure points. Some assumed that this could be because of the elevated heel which is pushing the foot forward inside the shoe.
Tongue and heel cause some chafing
Many reviewers have complained about the rigid, non-padded tongue which is also tall and has a plasticy top. It comes up too high on the foot and causes rubbing and blisters. They say that you need to wear mid-calf socks if you want to prevent this discomfort.
The same issue happens in Achilles. The heel lacks padding and comes up higher than necessary which results in blisters.
Cushioned comfort for long hours on the feet
The Adidas Response Super has been extensively praised for its out-of-the-box comfort that lasts all day. One reviewer even shares that he’s been “caught off guard” by how comfy the trainer is.
The mixture of Boost and Response cushioning foams creates a supportive platform that allows people to stay on their feet for as many as 12-14 hours a day! This is based on the feedback from hospital workers with long shifts. They also add that their feet are never hurt or fatigued by the end of the day.
There is a good amount of bounce and impact protection for light road runs and treadmill sessions. One reviewer even mentions that the shoe “makes [him] want to keep working out.”
Adidas Response Super has a stable platform
A few wearers are impressed with the shoe’s stability. They noticed that the platform is slightly wider than average which helps them feel more surefooted. As one tester puts it, “very steady, my foot doesn’t dance inside of it.”
Light for a sneaker, heavy for a running shoe
Opinions seem to split regarding the weight of the Response Super. Those who have primarily used the shoe for casual wear and walking find it “pretty light.” Meanwhile, those who expected it to be their running trainer felt that it was somewhat heavy and cumbersome. One even says that it felt like “wearing high tops” when running.
Could be a summer shoe
The light mesh fabric in the upper appears to be breathable to most wearers. They find it well-ventilated for the warmer days.
Fair price but the quality could be better
Priced at $90, the Adidas Response Super belongs to the more affordable range of Adidas sneakers. The average for those is $118.
The shoe is not cheaply-made but is not so durable either. The main complaint has been about the rubber outsole which starts peeling away from the sole after moderate use. For some, this happened 5 months into wearing the trainer, but for one person it happened only 2 weeks after the purchase.