Facts

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$130
Weight
Men: 11.5oz
Women: 9.8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 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.

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

8 reasons to buy

  • Most customers appreciated the cushioning of Adidas Supernova, stating that it was responsive.
  • Purchasers found its lightweight nature very agreeable for their feet.
  • Many of the testers found these shoes to be extremely comfortable during their running sessions.
  • Users found the shoe to be true to size and performed well in long runs.
  • A user welcomed its durable build and recommended it for everyday use.
  • A user appreciated the webbed design on the outsole, which provided traction and encouraged flexibility.
  • Most customers seemed content with the overall appearance of the shoe.
  • The many available color schemes appealed to those who wanted to try it.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A user complained that the shoe was slightly slippery at Achilles area; he also felt pain under his heel.
  • A customer found the mid-sole uncomfortable compared to other shoes he had tried.
  • A few disliked its apparently narrow upper coverage.
  • Some complained that the shoe was heavy.

Bottom line

Adidas Supernova is a comfortable shoe with enhanced cushioning and traction system. It is a moderately weighted shoe which holds one’s feet firmly and remains true to size. The technologies incorporated in the model reduce the impact on the ground, re-energize feet and keep them cool and dry. It has a nice appearance overall and is available in different colors.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 269 ratings

5 star
68%
4 star
23%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
1%

My Rating

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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83 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Cameron Corbin • Level 2 expert

    Adidas Supernova provides out-of-this-world cushion to partake in a long journey of constant pounding and stress that is prevalent in running. This shoe is appealing to those who love the feel of cushion.

  • 88 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    And the cushioning, and the way the shoe feels under your foot is a very soft, pleasurable ride.

  • 68 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 5 expert

    But in my experience, this shoe just wasn't enough.

  • 88 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    The adidas Supernova is durable, springy, fun daily trainer. If you crave that extra bounce for mid-to-long training runs, this is an excellent choice. I wouldn’t suggest the Supernova for someone trying to crush 5Ks or is super sensitive to weight, but if you’re looking for an everyday trainer with a little pick-up – this shoe is a good option.

  • 88 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    The Supernova is a solid choice for the runner looking for a durable trainer with loads of cushioning. I would recommend the shoe for heavier runners looking for a shoe that will provide lots of soft landings and plush miles.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kristin Lassen • Level 4 expert

    This shoe will appeal to those who desire cushion and a traditional feel of shoe without an overly blockish heel, and who desire a fit that is secure yet opens up through the midfoot into toe box giving plenty of room for swelling of the foot while still maintaining a supported feel.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kristin Lassen • Level 4 expert

    Overall, it's a comfortable shoe. It's a little clunky but it's really not bad. It's a great everyday trainer.

  • 88 / 100 by Wiggle • Jonny Brownlee • Level 1 expert

    An hour forty is my longest run; you want a shoe that's comfy and is not going to hurt your feet and is going to be good for the legs. It's a good shoe for that.

  • 87 / 100 by Wiggle • Edward Brownlee • Level 1 expert

    Just a really, really nice, very usable shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Derek Call • Level 1 expert

    I was a huge fan of the Supernova Glide 6 a few years ago, and this model somehow improves on everything that made that shoe special. It seems everyone is coming out with next-gen foams underfoot, but I still find Adidas’s Boost to be the most responsive.

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Updates to Adidas Supernova

  • The Supernova’s mid-sole unit has a bouncy effect. The boost™ layer, which employs solid granular material in the shape of miniature capsules, has the capability of returning energy efficiently and taking the user’s running experience to comfortable new levels.
  • The FITCOUNTER molded heel counter prevents heel slippage during long runs, provides a natural fit and the optimal movement of the Achilles heel. The runners are given the chance to do longer distances without feeling the usual level of tired.
  • Adidas Supernova also uses the STRETCHWEB technology, which reduces foot impact on the ground and gives enhanced protection against wear and tear. It’s a webbed design that is deployed on the external part of the shoe.

Adidas Supernova size and fit

Supernova provides a snug fit, stays true to size and at the same time gives enough room for the feet to adjust. The shoe is available in the medium width for both the men and women’s versions.


Outsole

The outsole of the shoe is made of light weight Continental™ rubber, which is specially designed to give extraordinary grip in all the conditions. It provides the runner with an improved control over the asphalt.

The Adidas Supernova features the STRETCHWEB technology. It is a web-like design that distributes impact shock and encourages foot flexibility.


Midsole

Boost™ is the foam that’s used in this running shoe. It’s made from thousands of TPU pellets that are compacted together. It’s meant to deliver a springy and comfortable underfoot experience.

Adidas Supernova has the TORSION® SYSTEM which is a supportive unit placed in the midsole to reduce unnecessary flexing of the foot arch. Generally, this add-on acts as a bridge between the forefoot and rearfoot, adjusts the feet to ground undulations and even provides lateral movement control in a range of sports. Its benefits include proper fitting of the shoe, enhanced protection, and stability.


Upper

The Adidas Supernova is specially provided with an improved Engineered Mesh upper to allow air to enter. This helps to keep the foot cool and dry while delivering healthy and secure feel in any condition.

The upper of the shoe utilizes seamless and perforated thin fabric which is not only non-irritant against the skin, but also ensures safety and reduces exhaustion during a run.