Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Primeknit upper fitted snugly and held the foot properly, wrote a tester.
  • A runner claimed that the ankle collar was exceptionally comfortable.
  • The boost™ midsole provided enough protection and cushion, according to a reviewer.
  • The shoe was lightweight enough that it enabled an easy pick up of pace, stated a user.
  • The unique upper seemed to have been constructed excellently, as it gave the foot a precise fit, commended a reviewer.
  • One buyer thought the ride was firmer compared to other boost™ running shoes.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer mentioned that the toe box was narrow.
  • Many buyers agreed the Adizero Prime Parley was an expensive shoe.
  • There was not enough support from the upper during tight turns, said a user.

Bottom line

Although the Adizero Prime Parley has proven its stellar performance, some users thought it was not the most ideal for daily runs because of its tight fit. In fact, several have advised using the shoe only for fast-paced running. Furthermore, with its hefty price tag, the Adizero Prime Parley was not considered an affordable shoe by all markets. Some buyers thought there were less expensive shoes that offer similar features.

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Good to know

  • Adidas has partnered with Parley, an organization that focuses on educating the masses on protecting and preserving the ocean, to present an ultra-lightweight, environment-friendly shoe: The Adizero Prime Parley. This shoe is made from recycled plastic from the ocean. As a road runner, it delivers speed and claims to make each step super-charged, thus ideal for racing.
  • It features the brand’s exclusively developed Primeknit Parley upper, which wraps the foot in adaptive support and lightweight comfort. The material fits like a sock, comfortable yet snug.
  • The shoe also uses boost™, which Adidas prides as their most responsive cushioning. The technology works by returning as much energy as the runner gives. Beneath the boost™ cushioning is the outsole that consists of two kinds of rubber material: ADIWEAR® for durability and Continental™ for traction.

The Adidas Adizero Prime Parley runs true to size. The forefoot area has a slightly wider construction than the rest of the shoe, allowing a comfortable fit even for wearers with a high foot volume. The Adizero Prime Parley is a unisex shoe with a width profile of men’s medium.

With two types of material in the outsole, the Adizero Prime Parley excels in both durability in traction. First, the Continental™ rubber uses the same technology as automotive tires to deliver increased traction in both dry and wet conditions. Second, the brand’s ADIWEAR® rubber is a durable material that has a high resistance to abrasion. It also has a flexible quality that encourages a natural movement of the foot.

The midsole of the Adizero Prime Parley uses boost™, which is the brand’s cushioning technology that offers an efficient energy return property, as well as superior cushioning. The boost™ foam also brings a more responsive ride compared to Adidas’ other midsole technologies.

Working with boost™ is the Adidas Torsion System that comes in the form of a thermoplastic unit in the midfoot area. This system enables the forefoot and rearfoot to move independently, resulting in increased stability. The Prime Parley's base shoe, the Adizero Prime, also has the Torsion System in its midsole.

The Primeknit Parley upper is from a seamlessly knitted textile. It provides a framework and promotes natural mobility by moving with the foot. What makes the material exceptional is the fact that it is comprised of recycled plastic bottles, putting them to beneficial use instead of letting them end up in the ocean.

Assisting the Primeknit upper is the Microfit, a fit technology that is exclusive to the Adizero series shoes. It gives the foot a smooth and locked-down security.

There is an external heel counter that wraps the heel, thus bringing support and allowing the Achilles a steady movement.


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