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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 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Given the popularity of the original Superstar shoe, the Adidas Superstar Primeknit establishes its firm mark on the sneaker world by still being a hot commodity that was highly recommended by its fans.
  • Resurfacing the fashion world with its contemporary features, the old school Superstar had received upgrades to its comfort evidently demonstrated by its Primeknit upper that is sturdy but soft at the same time and a BOUNCE™ midsole for a responsive stride.
  • The silhouette of the shoe screamed vogue with its stripe-lacking upper in a Primeknit design which left users in awe of its beautiful aesthetics.
  • The sneaker's sizing perfectly matched the fit of several wearers.
  • Some users exclaimed their satisfaction with the shoe's good value for money and even indicating that the sneaker is a great buy.
  • The Adidas Superstar Primeknit gave honor to its forefather design by maintaining top-notch quality in its materials.
  • A handful of customers commended the sneaker's lightweight build.
  • The shoe could be worn with almost all clothing combinations and could even surpass other brands when it comes to addressing different events or occasions.
  • Some users get compliments while wearing the Superstar PK's and a portion also stated that it turned the heads of onlookers.
  • Its overall enhancement from the original Superstar made it excellent for wearing during the summer as supported by its breathable upper.
  • A couple of purchasers noticed that the shoe is even better in person after receiving it.
  • A minute number of wearers loved the different colorways of the sneaker.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Though the shoe runs true to its size, few users experienced the shoe running larger than the usual which is probably caused by its thin Primeknit upper.
  • A handful of buyers were disappointed with the laces of the sneaker that is too long as compared to other footwear.
  • The Adidas Superstar PK's classic rubber toe cap was misplaced, according to a couple of reviewers, and would feel uncomfortable when bending their feet.
  • Removing the three stripes from the original Superstar design left a couple of customers unsatisfied with the sneaker's lack of character and dull looks.

Bottom line

The Adidas Superstar Primeknit keeps the classic silhouette's flame burning with an upgrade of the original's upper and the addition of the BOUNCE™ midsole for an energetic but well-cushioned ride. The comfort of the Primeknit upper heightened the sneaker's cozy feel at the same time adds a modern flair to its design.

Its pleasure was not the only element contributed by the soft material but was also manifested by its lightweight and breathable traits. Overall, the sneaker honored its vintage roots by mixing function and style in everyday wear.


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Adidas Superstar Primeknit History

Recovering from the ashes of its downfall during the 90s, Adidas strategically crept its way into the shoe industry little by little. Along the way, the 20th-century company introduced prototype innovations to the public which purposely investigated which design would perfectly fit the demand of consumers. Technological shoe advances like Adidas a3, which was inspired by the negative spaces from the 1985 Phantom midsole, was released in 2006.

It was briefly followed by the Adidas Bounce in 2006 and both the a3 and the Bounce feature hollow TPU spheres reinforcing suspension and cushioning at the same time. The two technologies served as a model for upcoming midsoles in the later years which serve the same purpose of protecting the feet from impact while serving a responsive stride. The recently enhanced BOUNCE™ was evidently seen in the following Adidas models which maintained the concept of negative spaces but with the inclusion of more foam materials.

Several years have passed since the invention of the Adidas a3, and a breakthrough upper material surfaced the sneaker world in 2012 which was the Adidas Primeknit. The advanced textile featured knitted patterns of fused yarn that is machine woven into a single piece then afterward was constructed to the sole. The process is economical, saving less labor and waste, and efficient as well. Many versions of shoes were remodeled using the knit tech including Kanye West's Yeezys and longtime staples like the Stan Smith and the Superstar.

On the latter part of 2017's fourth quarter, Adidas introduced the world to its elegant merging of the BOUNCE™ sole and the Primeknit tech into its all-time high selling shoe: the Adidas Superstar. Stripping the original's Adidas side stripes, the Adidas Superstar Primeknit was redesigned to be comfortable and light as well as fashionably stable. The rubber shell toe cap from the first release was sustained to give homage to the classic roots. The initial release involved two colorways which are triple white and core black.

Adidas Superstar Primeknit Style

The vintage sneaker's low top coupled with its iconic rounded toe cap enables wearers to sport the shoe in a multitude of clothing options. To better emphasize the uniqueness of the shoe's design, partnering the footwear with slim pants or shorts that reveal the whole surface of the silhouette. For women who would like a taste of the Superstar PK's fashion can sport it with dresses and skirts. The lowkey aspect of the shoe could also apply on casual business occasions and even while frolicking during weekends.

Users who are used to the original Superstar snugness might be surprised when trying the Superstar Primeknits on. Its knitted upper is thinner compared to the usual Superstar sneaker's material thus making it looser but is well compensated by its supreme comfort. Although stretchable, the Primeknit manifests a sturdy yet stable conformity which answers questions of durability.

The sneaker was released as a part of Adidas Men's lifestyle collection which was made available in a size range from 5-13. The width length of the shoe is in D medium.

Notable Features

Adding a contemporary hint to the primary model was the sole purpose of the Adidas Superstar Primeknit. Discarding the official Adidas three stripe logo on the panels makes the silhouette more classy and sophisticated. The bolder imprint of the trefoil logo in the tongue was replaced by a smaller trefoil patch. The more noticeable improvement when it comes to cushioning is the addition of the BOUNCE™ midsole which is more suitable for long walks as compared to the Superstar 80s Primeknit which has a Boost sole.

Additional Info

  • The bottom part of the sneaker displays a herringbone outsole for traction and grip.
  • The BOUNCE™ midsole is composed of EVA foam with negative spacing that provides and energized comfort all day.
  • The sneaker's interior is lined with leather in a Primeknit upper that demonstrates a ribbed pattern.