Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfort: The Adidas Alphatorsion is comfortable enough to be worn all day. Some are wearing the shoe at work for 8 to 10 hours.
  • Looks: Most user reviews mention that the shoe has a very stylish, eye-catching design that makes you stand out from the crowd.
  • Versatility: Some road runners are also using the shoe for indoor workouts and long walks.
  • Support: Based on some comments, the Torsion System gives enough support to make the run less tiring to the feet and legs.
  • Midsole: The soft and bouncy midsole of the Alphatorsion pleases a good number of wearers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Upper: A few disappointed runners described the upper as "thin as paper" and you can see the colors of the socks inside.
  • Durability: Those who tried the shoe mention that the upper starts ripping off after wearing the shoe for a few weeks.

Bottom line

With the looks inspired by Aramis motion capture technology, the Adidas Alphatorsion delivers both style and versatility. It won't disappoint when used for uptempo, long-distance runs, and it is supportive enough for quick cuts and lateral moves. Despite a few complaints about the upper, the majority still considered the Alphatorsion as a solid purchase for its price range.

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Adidas Alphatorsion: A versatile road running shoe

The Alphatorsion from Adidas delivers a good blend of comfort, support, bounce, and versatility. Because of the Bounce cushioning, the shoe is comfortable enough to be worn all day at work or during long walks. The Torsion System delivers multi-directional support for lateral moves and quick cuts, making the shoe a good pair for moderate cross-training workouts.

The shoe is best for:

  • Long-distance, quick-paced runs
  • All-day wear
  • Runners looking for a pair of shoes that can double as a gym trainer

Good to know:

  • Reflective - The Adidas Alphatorsion has some reflective materials on its upper, giving additional visibility in low-light conditions.
  • Boost variation - The shoe is also available in the Alphatorsion Boost model. This variation is equipped with the responsive Adidas Boost technology instead of Bounce cushioning.


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