Facts

Discontinued
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$180
Weight
M: 371g | W: 341g
Heel to toe drop
M: 0.0mm | W: 0.0mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The 16 polymer blades are an eye-catching design unlike any other.

  • The Springbade 3.0 comes in different color schemes for exceptional variety.

  • Some runners noted that it has decent propulsion.

  • Several runners loved the comfort that the Adidas Springblade 3.0 offers.

  • A few testers liked its flexibility.

  • The Springblade 3.0 is ready for a run right out of the box, based on the observation of a handful of runners.

  • It looks great according to some reviews.

4 reasons not to buy

  • An ounce or two off of the weighing scale would have made the Springblade 3.0 more appealing, performance-wise.

  • It is expensive.

  • Runs a bit small.

  • Accidental contact with the blades may cut the runner.

Bottom line

Adidas’ use of a mechanical midsole is something that has been done before. What makes the Springblade series stand out is how aesthetically-pleasing the 16 blades are. Most of the runners did not find any dramatic difference in this concept, which still means great, but douses cold water on the company’s claim of unmatched propulsion. The Springblade 3.0 has sufficient arch support, superior comfort, and out of this world fashion style.



World wide, Springblade 3.0 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Adidas, is the 2nd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 987 shoes


Ratings

3.7 / 5 based on 489 ratings

5 star
41%
4 star
32%
3 star
6%
2 star
0%
1 star
21%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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68 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 63
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    While Adidas deserves props for introducing radical innovation into the marketplace, it has none of the benefits which its glossy marketing claims the shoe to have. 
  • 80
    The Running Shoe ReviewLevel 3 expert
    by The Running Shoe Review
    The Boost is more for 'unlimited energy' and is a more suitable long distance shoe,
  • 80
    Running Shoes AdviceLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Advice
    The fit was comfortable, the support was strong, and the cushioning did a good job absorbing impact and the air mesh upper kept my feet cool.
  • 20
    Running MagazineLevel 3 expert
    by Running Magazine
    This shoe is in many ways the exact opposite of another big release by Adidas.
  • 80
    Bryan HinkleLevel 2 expert
    by Wear Testers
    Forefoot is cut normal to a little wide, so widefooters, rejoice.
  • 80
    Holabird SportsLevel 2 expert
    by Holabird Sports
    The blades are most effective against a hard surface, like asphalt. (Running on hard surfaces in your SpringBlade shoes makes sense because the blades do tend to collect mud.)
  • 96
    Dr. Joseph A. SheppardLevel 1 expert
    by The Happy Athlete
    The Adidas Springblade is an overall excellent shoe that blends the technology advancement of the Blade to offer protection and comfort that replaces the standard foam midsole.
  • 90
    Julie StrietelmeierLevel 1 expert
    by The Gadgeteer
    The Adidas Springblades are well made, uniquely designed and comfortable for everyday wear.
  • 89
    Stephanie AyreLevel 1 expert
    by Popsugar
    For those serious runners (or casual joggers) wanting a great shoe that is lightweight and gives you an extra boost in your stride, I think you'll be pretty impressed with the performance. I sure was.
  • 86
    Dr. Anthony WeinertLevel 1 expert
    by Dr. Anthony Weinert
    I especially like the heel counter design as it keeps the heel bone (calcaneus) which is in the rear of the foot in a stabilized position, thus stabilizing the rest of the foot as well (forefoot).
  • 82
    Triathlon MagazineLevel 1 expert
    by Triathlon Magazine
    It certainly lends itself to a heel strike and provides a good amount of cushioning for this style of running. For those who run on their midsole, however, the cushioning is less noticeable. 
  • 82
    Jake SittlerLevel 1 expert
    by The Gym Rat Review
    I felt very little impact on my feet or up through my knees and back, so this is a shoe I would love to wear if I’m going to be on my feet all day (but it still wouldn’t be my first choice if I were going on a run).
  • 76
    Erica KingLevel 1 expert
    by Running Divas
    The Adidas Springblade is a great option for short sprint and hill work but as an endurance runner would not be my choice for long runs.
  • 75
    Men's JournalLevel 1 expert
    by Men's Journal
    The Springblade's individually shaped fins (thicker at the heel, thinner in the midfoot) act like leaf springs, compressing on landing and, unlike EVA, translating the energy forward on every follow-through stride.
  • 75
    Run Ran RunLevel 1 expert
    by Run Ran Run
    Very suitable for a heel to toe runner who is not purely focused on speed but more on the quality of the run.
  • 66
    Ian StonebrookLevel 1 expert
    by Nice Kicks
    They're a tad heavy for sprinting and a little jagged for loose terrain.
  • 61
    Petar KujundzicLevel 1 expert
    by Hypebeast
    The Springblade feel relatively heavy amongst the current crop of popular lightweight running shoes but decidedly it isn’t meant to compete amongst those.
  • 32
    Jeremy BergerLevel 1 expert
    by Gear Patrol
    My gut is it’s just too heavy to be a serious running shoe, but perhaps Adidas will rework the technology in future iterations and surprise us.
  • 23
    Tim BaksLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's High
    My experience with the shoe is short and tedious. I have only one testing round of ten kilometers on foot. At the half I got problems with my knee and have since it no longer dared to walk in the shoes again.
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Updates to Springblade 3.0

True to the legacy of its predecessor, the Springblade 3.0 from Adidas exhibits a very unique look that’s visually appealing. The sole unit doesn’t have a traditional foam system to provide cushioning and springiness; it actually has ‘blades’ that serve as mechanisms of support and protection for the foot. They are even able to propel the runner forward because of their springy nature.

The runner is treated to a sock-like fit that’s comfortable and secure. The interior sleeve hugs the foot in a non-irritating way, keeping it feeling like it’s only wearing socks that are easy on the skin.

The upper unit uses fabrics that are breathable. The open construction of these fabrics keeps the foot dry and cool all the time. They follow the movements of the foot, and they prevent chafing or blistering. The runner is sure to remain secure and free from any discomfort during the running session.

The mid-sole unit of this running shoe also acts as its outsole. These are the 16 polymer blades that act as the replacement of the traditional foam units that serve as the main cushioning systems of most running shoes. They are very responsive, even acting as propelling boards that spring the foot forward with every step.

A comfortable foam sock liner adds immediate underfoot cushioning in order to keep the runner comfortable when taking each step. Made from high quality material, this insole responsibly carries the foot and keeps it safe from discomfort when landing the foot on the ground. It’s not too thick and it’s flexible.

Springblade 3.0 size and fit

The Adidas Springblade 3.0 runs a bit smaller than the regular measurements. It is recommended to purchase one size larger in order to get the right length. The width of this shoe is medium, so it accommodates those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape allows the natural curvature of the wearer’s foot to fit well into it.

Outsole

While the Springblade technology acts as both the mid-sole and the outsole units of this running shoe, a durable rubber compound actually coats the ‘blades’. The ADIWEAR is an anti-abrasive layer of protection, which shields the polymer blades from damage and wear.

Midsole

The traditional mid-sole foam is absent in the Adidas Springblade 3.0. This running shoe utilizes 16 polymer blades that look like fins placed at the bottom of the shoe. Aside from bringing a unique aesthetic to this model, it actually serves as an efficient cushioning system. It carries the foot well, handles the landing impact and lifts the foot for a better step ahead.

An Ethylene vinyl acetate sock liner provides immediate underfoot support and cushioning. It makes sure that the running experience still yields a soft platform for the runner.

An external heel counter holds the heel in place, making sure that the runner won’t be able to feel any wiggly feeling when running. It’s also an efficient mechanism to prevent accidental shoe removals.

Upper

The Techfit is an upper technology that wraps around the foot in a snug and secure manner. A seamless design prevents skin irritation, blistering and chafing. The fabrics follow the natural shape of the foot and allows it to move naturally.

A secure lacing system holds the foot snugly and renders the fit more customizable. The shoe laces are made from a high quality material and they do not unravel easily.

The interior lining is smooth and easy on the skin. It is able to stave off moisture, keeping the interior chamber as dry as possible for the foot.


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