Arch support
Daily running
M: 349g | W: 295g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 32mm | W: 32mm
Forefoot height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Adiprene Technology takes over in the midsole of the Supernova Riot 6 GTX for enhanced resiliency and slightly softer cushioning.

  • A more structured heel counter limits heel movement when running on uneven trail surfaces.

  • A revamp upper design gives the Riot 6 GTX a more sophisticated and sleeker look.

  • A large majority of runners can’t say enough about how impressive the shoe’s traction is.

  • Several runners loved its stability on difficult trail surfaces.

  • The waterproofing membrane works as intended.

  • A few testers remarked that the Adidas Riot 6 GTX remains fairly breathable despite the Gore-TEX feature.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A remarkably heavy shoe.

  • It is slightly expensive.

  • More than a few runners wanted a bit of flexibility in the Supernova Riot 6 GTX.

Bottom line

The Adidas Supernova Riot 6 GTX is an almost irresistible force on the toughest trails and in difficult weather conditions. It is clearly not the lightest or the most nimble trail shoe around, but it exceeds expectations where stability, support, and durability are concerned.

World wide, Supernova Riot 6 GTX is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Adidas, is the 3rd most popular.

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Updates to Supernova Riot 6 GTX

Running on the trails is much easier with the Adidas Supernova Riot 6 GTX. It’s created to provide full protection for the foot when it comes to tackling the uneven terrain. High quality materials were used in this shoe and they make sure to last long, even after many distances and multiple uses.

The upper unit of this running shoe uses sturdy materials and components to make the overall fit secure. The mesh upper is more durable for this model and the lacing system has been enhanced to prevent unraveling during the adventures. A waterproof membrane covers the upper to keep the interior environment consistently dry.

The mid-sole unit keeps the foot well-supported when traversing the unpredictable terrain. A durable foam material keeps the foot comfortable at all times. It doesn’t wear off easily and it even provides moderate shock attenuation for a smooth, consistent and responsive ride. A removable cushioned insole adds more cushioning and even supports the arch.

The outsole unit of the Adidas Supernova Riot 6 GTX features some of the most reliable and most long-lasting technologies when it comes to external sole layers. This section of the shoe really was designed to deliver full protection and traction at all times. It can handle multiple types of terrain, even wet & slippery ones.

Supernova Riot 6 GTX size and fit

The Adidas Supernova Riot 6 GTX is slightly larger than the usual measurements. It is recommended to purchase ½ size smaller to get the right one. The available width is medium, so it accommodates those with feet that are medium-sized. The semi-curved shape of this shoe also allows the natural curvature of the foot to acclimate well to it.


The ADIWEAR™ is a durable and non-marking rubber material that’s meant to protect the mid-sole unit from the abrasive nature of the surfaces. It doesn’t peel off easily, so it can perform its protective purpose consistently, even after many uses.

The Continental rubber compound gives the runner better traction when traversing wet surfaces. It’s one of the leading outsole units on the market. It functions well in any weather condition and on any type of ground.

TRAXION™ is the outsole cleat design for this running shoe. Facing multiple directions, these cleats are able to hold onto many types of surfaces. It is efficient, even when tackling uphill and downward traversals.


A high quality foam is used for the mid-sole unit of the Adidas Supernova Riot GTX 6. Made from Ethylene vinyl acetate, this material ensures that the runner remains comfortable when stepping on the platform. Cushioning is consistent because it’s a pliable material, so it can adapt to the movements of the foot. The underfoot stays supported from the heel strike to the forefoot lift.

A cushioned insole is added just above the mid-sole unit. This removable add-on adds more underfoot comfort. It even has a raised mid-foot section to deliver arch support to those who need stability. It keeps the foot in a neutral stance.


A durable mesh material makes up the main upper fabric of the upper unit. It has a sturdy, but open construction so it remains durable and resistant to tears. It also allows air to enter the shoe in order to keep the foot well-ventilated.
Synthetic overlays are stitched onto the upper fabric. It straddles the upper so that the material can hug the foot in a snug yet secure manner. They’re connected directly to the lacing system, therefore adequately adjusting whenever the shoelaces are tightened or loosened.

The GORE-TEX waterproof membrane covers the upper unit. It prevents water from entering the shoe, ensuring that everything under this waterproof layer stays dry at all times.

The interior sleeve, tongue and collar are padded. They give the foot additional cushioning, which is particularly helpful when traversing trails that do not have a flat and stable nature. These padded sections keep the foot comfortable and safe from injury or unease.


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