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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    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.

    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $180
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 13.1oz
    Women: 12oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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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.

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Expert Reviews

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67 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

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Updates to Adidas 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.

Adidas 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.