Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A new mesh technology is used for the upper unit and it’s sure to be comfortable and flexible.
  • Runner generally welcomed the comfortable nature of the inner textile, which kept their feet free from irritation.
  • The appealing color schemes that are available for this model were lauded by the testers.
  • The BOUNCE™ is a mid-sole cushioning technology that is able to support the foot well and then launch it back up.
  • The multipurpose design of the Adidas AlphaBounce allows runners to wear it for many activities, even sports.
  • This shoe features a reasonable price, in light of its high quality construction.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners noticed that it didn’t have much ankle support, which could lead to discomfort during longer runs.

Bottom line

The Adidas AlphaBounce is a solid choice when it comes to running and casual walking. It’s a neutral running shoe that could function well even when it comes to sports. It brings reliable cushioning that’s springy and flexible. Even the upper is flexible and soft, yet it is able to cover the foot securely.

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Facts

Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
Top 5% most popular running shoes
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  • Running may be the main purpose of the Adidas AlphaBounce, but this versatile running shoe is able to function well, even as part of a casual attire and a unit of a sports gear. High-quality materials and a well-thought design drive this shoe to become a formidable force in the realm of health, fitness, and performance on the road.
  • The seamless construction of the upper unit makes this shoe very comfortable and agreeable to the foot, making it suitable for daily runs. The inner lining features a soft fabric that feels like a sock when the foot is inside the shoe. The FORGEDMESH is a mesh material that is flexible and able to accommodate the natural shape of the wearer’s foot. It can expand so that the interior environment won’t feel tight or limiting.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Adidas AlphaBounce does away with the conventional foam unit that is regularly used in most running shoes on the market. Instead, a bouncy material that runs its entire length is utilized, making sure that the whole underside of the foot is well-supported. Flexibility and full natural movement are key aspects of the mid-sole, and it gives them to the wearer.
  • The Adidas AlphaBounce has been created to have a multipurpose nature. For that, it needs an outsole unit that’s durable and versatile. It needs to withstand asphalt, surfaces that are smooth or moderately rough. The flexible, but sturdy rubber found in the external layer is sure to deliver protection and traction.

The Adidas AlphaBounce is true to its size. It is available in sizes that follow the standard measurements for men and women. The width of this shoe is medium, therefore allowing runners who have medium sized feet to acclimate well to it. Its semi-curved shape adheres naturally to the shape of the human foot. The Duramo 9 is another Adidas running shoe that features this outsole material.


The ADIWEAR® is a very durable rubber material that’s non-marking. It is highly resistant to abrasion and wear, making sure that the rest of the sole unit is safe from abrasion during the running sessions. It’s flexible, so the natural movement of the foot isn’t impeded.


The BOUNCE™ is a responsive material that is springier and more responsive than the standard foam compounds used in most shoes on the market. Structured elements cause the platform to stretch when pressure is applied to them, and then spring back into place when pressure is removed. Essentially, this mid-sole pops the foot forward with every step.


The FORGEDMESH is a new technology for the upper unit of the AlphaBounce from Adidas. This mesh material allows the foot to go through its natural range of motion without feeling any restrictions. It is able to expand, accommodating the entire shape of the foot to feel snug and secure.

The inner lining is made of smooth textiles with adequate padding. They do not irritate the skin, making it possible to wear the shoe even without socks.

A pull-tab in the heel section allows the runner to wear or take off the shoe easily. It’s a helpful way to facilitate entry and exit of the foot.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
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.

jens@runrepeat.com