Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 30mm
Forefoot heightMen: 20mm
Release dateJun 2018
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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
The Drive is a fine, softer bouncy and stable neutral daily trainer with a great upper which favors wider feet and truly pampers all feet.
If the overly soft ride of the SolarBoost and Solar Glide doesn't appeal to you, then the Solar Drive is a good back-up plan.
It is a tad heavy, and it could breathe much better, but I have had no qualms about it 50 miles in.
Updates to Adidas Solar Drive
- The Adidas Solar Drive is a neutral running shoe that’s designed for the roads. Runners who want some extra steadiness may find it in this model as it has a set of features like the Torsion System that are meant to prevent any deviation in pronation. It is worth noting that this shoe is not expressly for overpronated foot motion; instead, it reduces the risk of irregular deviation of movement or gait.
- A fabric-like engineered mesh is used for the upper unit of the Solar Drive. This material is one of the most popular as it is light, flexible and breathable. Shoes like the Brooks Launch 6 and the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 use such a fabric to offer comfort and security.
Adidas Solar Drive size and fit
The Solar Drive has a standard running shoe length. The usual sizing expectations can be used when eyeing for a pair. When it comes to the width, the available option is D – Medium. Those with medium foot volumes may find this model comfortable. Moreover, the Adidas Solar Drive has a semi-curved shape that mimics the natural outline of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Adidas Solar Drive features the Stretchweb technology, which is a rubber compound that is patterned like a grid on the entire under-pad of the midsole. This layer protects against the abrasive nature of the roads. It also doles out traction and flexibility through its mildly prominent nodes and shallow grooves.
Boost™ is a licensed cushioning technology that’s made from the amalgamation of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) pellets. The resulting compound is tested and proven to be highly reactive to movement and impact shock.
The Solar Propulsion Rail is a layer that’s placed on top of the boost™ platform. The job of this add-on is to steady the foot and help it become energized as it transitions toward the toe-off.
The midfoot section features the Torsion System, a thermoplastic cage that preserves the structural integrity of the midsole foam. It also prevents the muscles and tendons of the foot-pad from getting fatigued.
The upper unit of the Adidas Solar Drive utilizes engineered mesh, a cloth-like material that aims to provide a form-fitting and irritant-free coverage. A ribbed forefoot section is meant to heighten flexibility and ventilation.
Printed overlays cover the sides and the eyelets of this running shoe. These elements don’t add any weight to the entire product, and they don’t look bulky as well.
The padded tongue and collar have the job of holding the foot in place and preventing in-shoe wobbling.
The Fitcounter heel print locks the heel in place without restricting the ankles or Achilles tendon. The natural movement may be appreciated because of this add-on’s thinness and flexibility. It also prevents accidental shoe removals.
Reflective details on strategic areas of the façade permit runners to tackle nighttime runs, as they’re safety features that make the shoe more visible in low-light conditions, especially when hit by streams of light.