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

10 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers noted that the Rod Laver Super was way lighter and closer to the OG than its predecessor, the Rod Laver.
  • Reviewers mentioned that its mesh upper was particularly breathable.
  • This vintage cut is economically priced.
  • Its ergonomic insole made the shoe super comfortable according to those who tried the Rod Laver Super for long walks.
  • Some of the buyers mentioned they will opt for another Rod Laver Super due to its superb support and cushioning over other classic shoes, like the Stan Smith.
  • The majority of the reviewers was fascinated by the classic appeal of the shoe.
  • Wearers who opt for stylish shoes liked its white silhouette accented by its colored heel tab that matches its outsole.
  • The majority of the reviewers found this Super version very classy that it never goes out of style.
  • It’s a go-to-shoe for those who have used it during their workout and everyday casual wear.
  • Those who play Footbag found this shoe very amusing as they can easily rework on its upper and laces to comfortably match the needs of the sport.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many complained that the Rod Laver Super was extremely wide.
  • Few found the padding on the midfoot to be quite odd.
  • Others say the shoe seemed half-size small but was too wide when they opted to go up a size.

Bottom line

The Adidas Rod Laver Super is a lighter version of the retro released around two years earlier. It retained the breathable nylon mesh covering of the Rod Laver, but this vintage cut has an instant appeal to those who have tried it as it offers superb comfort. However, those with narrow feet found the shoe to be wide.

Adidas kept the standout classic silhouette for this shoe, which made it appealing for many reviewers since it can easily go with various everyday casual wear options.  This timeless yet very versatile piece of footwear won’t break the bank, according to most of the reviewers as it comes with a budget-friendly price tag.



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Adidas Rod Laver Super History

The growing demand for Adidas’ original footwear designs pushed this German brand to resurrect some of its most recognizable silhouettes. One that received a few tweaks was this highly sought after classic Rod Laver kicks originally dropped in 1970 as a tennis shoe. Its initial DNA resembles the Adidas’ star player of all time, the Stan Smith, a white and green tennis shoe with perforated stripes on the sides.

Several iterations of the Rod Laver came out later such as the 2012 Rod Laver LEA Retro that took away the noticeable stripes from the original leather cover and replaced with a perforated upper.

A few years later, the perforated leather covering used for the original Rod Laver was changed to nylon mesh, which enhanced the breathability of the shoe. Its midsole and outsole were made of thick rubber that resulted to better grip and traction on ground surfaces. However, many noticed that the shoe lost much of its flexibility as compared to the performance feature of the original drop.

In 2016, the Rod Laver Super was launched, offering a much-improved comfort complimented by its classic style. It retained the forefoot pivot point feature of the original design in its outsole for added traction. 

Several collaborative works between the brand and other popular retail stores and prominent designers were made to remaster the Rod Laver under the Adidas Consortium collection.

The Rod Laver leaped from the court to the streets with the release of three colorways that made a striking appeal to skateboarding communities. These were the Silas Baxter-Neal, Dennis Busenitz, and Lucas Puig.

It was said that before Kanye West teamed up with Nike for the creation of the Air Yeezy 1 and Yeezy 2  and later on with Adidas for the Yeezy Boost 350 and Yeezy Boost 750, he linked up with this German brand in 2006 to work on the Adidas Rod Laver Vintage tennis sneaker project. However, the shoe was not released during that time.

Adidas Rod Laver Super Style

Wearers loved the simplicity of the Rod Laver Super, as much as they adored its original release. The classic all-white silhouette goes well with tapered jeans, shorts, and even tailored fitting suits. A lot prefers wearing it without socks. With its cushy insoles, the shoe isn’t just sleek but said to be supremely comfy too.

Fit & Sizing

The Rod Laver Super took the low-cut silhouette of the original tennis sneaker. This shoe was made with a less performing quality, but with an improved comfort level through its cushioned insoles, padded ankle collar and tongue. A remake of the original, this shoe runs in men’s sizes ranging from 5 to 14 in standard width. Women reviewers with wide feet took two sizes down to achieve their desired fit.

Notable Features

Many people would desist from wearing shoes with obsolete style. But what makes this shoe super, apart from its timeless noticeable features is the supreme comfort it gives to the foot. One of the advantages of the Rod Laver Super is its distinctive all-white nylon mesh upper which offers not only an aesthetic appeal, but superb breathability as well as it keeps the foot appropriately ventilated.

Another super factor lies in its sole. Its midsole is made of lightweight but hard wearing polyurethane for added comfort. It is paired with an outsole of contrast PU. With its sole made of polyurethane, it is highly possible that the shoe will have a substantial second-hand value.

Additional Info

  • The Rod Laver Super was released in 2016
  • The shoe was named after 1960s Grand Slam champ Rod Laver
  • The 2014 iteration of the same silhouette had a more stiff outsole as compared to the Rod Laver Super.
  • It came out in three colorways, the classic white/green, white/scarlet, and the white/collegiate navy. The red version is no longer available on the Adidas site.
  • It features the most recognizable Trefoil logo on the tongue and debossed branding on the heel tab.
  • The upper and laces are made of dirt-repellant materials.
  • Just like its original version, the Rod Laver Super has suede bumper across the toe area.
  • It features a cushioned insole that is paired with a long-lasting, broad PU midsole which provides shock absorption and additional comfort.
  • Its inner lining is created with synthetic material while the tongue and collar are padded for additional support and protection.
  • Footbag enthusiasts find the Rod Laver Super appealing. They modify the layer of synthetic material under the nylon mesh upper and lacing system to add more flexibility in the foot during Footbag games, a kind of sports that is quite similar to the Asian version called Takraw.