Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many shoppers instantly fall in love with the stylish silhouette of the Adidas Run 90s.
  • Nearly all testers determine it to be a perfectly comfortable pair for daily use.
  • Some users with bad ankles and peripheral neuropathy remark that the low-top Adidas Run 90s feels like a soft pillow of cotton underfoot.
  • More than a handful of customers like how lightweight the sneakers are on feet.
  • Among the Adidas sneakers, it delivers much-needed support not only for long walks but also when on the run, according to a good deal of users.
  • The shoes are fitting for the summer and spring season, based on a couple of reviews. 
  • Most reviewers highly recommend the Adidas Run 90s, regarding the model as a “keeper.”

2 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a couple of users have reported about the top TPU eyelets breaking off when they tightened the laces.
  • Some wearers didn’t like how spacious the sneaker feels at the forefoot.

Bottom line

Part of the Adidas NEO or know as Essentials collection, the Run 90s is a contemporary design, encapsulated with the ’90s running craze. Its smooth two-way upper comprises of leather and mesh, decked with vintage tech-inspired neoprene detailing.

It settles atop the patented Cloudfoam midsole, which cushions the foot like a pillow. While still packed with other modern techs, its construction remains lightweight, suitable for walking and running all day. 

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It has a low profile that allows the ankles to retain their full range of motion. Besides that, a textile lining and Cloudfoam-cushioned midsole hug the foot inside with an ultra-soft, bouncy feel. For the lockdown, a traditional lace-up closure secures the upper, which provides the wearer a custom fitting. The Adidas Run 90s are available in both men’s and women’s sizes. This model has a regular fit.

Though its heritage is rooted in the ’90s running, in no way is this new silhouette meant for nostalgia. In fact, the Run 90s is so fresh and modern that it’s meant to fit into today’s on-the-go lifestyle instead of the slow, laid-back ’90s.

The Run 90s looks at its best when paired with athleisure wear. Look fit, active, and sexy with these kicks and match these with joggers, running trousers, athletic shorts, sweaters, and jackets. It is also at home with casual wear, such as khakis, denims, jeans, and shorts and tops like tees and sweatshirts.

Lastly, the Run 90s are available in a small but delightful selection of colorways. Namely, grey two/cloud white/ice mint, cloud white/cloud white/glow pink, true blue/grey/cloud white, core black/grey six/cloud white, grey/black/solar red, white/white/grey, and dark blue/black/shock yellow.

The prominent-looking, slightly wedge-like Cloudfoam midsole is perhaps the main characteristic of this silhouette. It is molded from molded ethylene-vinyl acetate, or EVA, compound, and the result is an incredibly plushy sole, which doesn’t bag out with harsh, constant wear.

Directly on top of that midsole is the Ortholite sock liner, which is made from PU foam. This addition further boosts the level of comfort and cushioning. Besides that, the Ortholite sock liner is breathable and has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It helps keep the foot clean and dry throughout the wear.

The NEO (meaning new) line caters to the young and upcoming generation, from ages fourteen to nineteen, by releasing fresh silhouettes that fit the changing modern tastes and increasing needs for comfort and cushioning. Among the amazing breakthroughs in midsole-cushioning technology, the Adidas Cloudfoam first appeared under the NEO line (now rebranded as Adidas Essentials).

That said, the first sneaker endowed with the Cloudfoam tech is the NEO Cloudfoam. This model proved to be successful in delivering its promise of long-lasting comfort to the young consumers. Soon enough, Adidas has been banking on this tech and expanded the NEO Cloudfoam line of sneakers. Digging into their vintage sports heritage such as basketball, Adidas was able to churn out sneaker after sneaker, all of which inspired by sports designs.

Adidas has had filled in this line particularly with running-inspired sneakers, whose designs were lifted from the '80s and '90s when jogging became a movement or obsession. To name a couple of models, there's the Questarstrike, which features a stylish knit upper sitting atop a thick Cloudfoam midsole. Another is the Yatra (a Hindi word which means “to travel”), which has a fused Cloudfoam midsole and outsole.

Adidas has again dropped another magnificent sneaker model, that is the Run 90s. It extends the line of running-oriented Essentials sneakers. Its polished silhouette, as befits its name, proudly gives a nod to its proud running heritage. It has a modernized vintage running look, aimed at satisfying the modern sensibilities and needs of the present generation.

  • Underneath, a textured rubber outsole delivers traction that bites the grounds, streets, and floors.
  • The model has a TPU midfoot panel, which adds durability and stability.
  • It has a heel counter, which aids on-and-off wear.
  • Material varies depending on the colorway.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.