Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The well-padded and seamless interior of the Springblade Solyce delivers an incredibly comfortable feel, according to several runners.
  • Some runners believe that the shoe is built to last based on their observations.
  • The one-piece upper that is supported by leather and synthetic overlays offer great security and midfoot hold.
  • Most runners are attracted by the eye-catching design of the springblades.
  • A good number of reviews consider the Solyce as good enough for casual wear.
  • The open mesh coverage ensures a breathable and cool run.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners though the shoe was a bit heavy.
  • The price is a bit stiff for numerous runners.
  • The blade limits its usability as it can’t work as well on rocky or graveled paths.

Bottom line

While the performance of the Springblade collection is always up for contention, there is absolutely no doubt about the appeal it offers because of its unique design and style. Runners who would like to turn heads in a neutral running shoe that has moderate arch support, excellent comfort, and breathable upper will find the Solyce a great option.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.6oz | Women: 8.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 32mm | Women: 30mm
Forefoot height: Men: 22mm | Women: 20mm
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
It has never been more popular than this April

  • Adidas continues to expand its Springblade line by introducing the Solyce. Billed as a durable and responsive trainer, the running shoe delivers on Adidas’ marketing hype with the help of the innovative blades.
  • The springblades work mainly as the cushioning mechanism of the shoe and is engineered in a slanted direction for a more propulsive move forward, instead of upward. As this is made of polymers, the blades are designed to last longer than regular EVA or other cushioning methods.
  • The new one piece upper that molds to the runner’s foot offers decent support and natural flexibility. It is made of lightweight, but durable material that several of the other Springblade shoes do not yet have.

The fit of the Springblade Solyce is largely the same as many of those under this collection of shoes. There is ample room in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot for a very comfortable feel. Putting a lid on the spacious room is the socklike feel of the mesh and the support of the overlays. The shoe is available under the medium width. Sizes are accurate and offered for the men’s between 6 to 15 and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


The outsole is made of 16-individually tuned blades designed with a forward direction to move the runner forward with each stride. Adidas spent a good part of 6 years to come up with this polymer design to offer excellent durability and aggressive responsiveness, regardless of weather conditions. Covering the bottom of the blades is a sturdy carbon rubber called the AdiWear for protection and traction.  Adiwear is the reliable material also used in the outsole of the popular running shoe, the Adidas Duramo 9.

The main cushioning function is handled by the springblades. Hence, Adidas puts a slab of EVA for added cushioning and midsole durability.


The one-piece upper with breathable mesh combines with the leather and synthetic overlays for midfoot coverage and support. Adidas’ use of the one-piece design gives the Solyce a much-improved form-hugging fit that keeps the foot secure and comfortable. The plush foam in the tongue and the collar provide an all-day wear in comfort. Flat laces hold the fit in place all through the run.

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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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