Who should buy the Adidas EQ21

The Adidas EQ21 is an affordable running shoe that is likely to suit the following:

  • beginner runners who don't want to spend a lot on footwear and run shorter distances
  • those looking for a versatile trainer for walking, running, gym, and casual wear
  • people who need no arch support as the shoe is neutral

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Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a stability shoe, you can skip the Adidas EQ21. Those with flat feet and overpronation would feel more supported in the Brooks Launch GTS 9 or ASICS GT 1000 11.

The EQ21 is also not the best choice for faster paces. So, if you want to run fast, there are speed trainers that can up your pace.

A couch for the feet

Testers report that when slipping on the EQ21 from Adidas, it feels like "walking on clouds." 

Adidas EQ21 comfortable

Looks can be deceiving

It looks bulky outside, but it's quite the opposite when worn, according to the runners. This is indeed surprising given that the shoe weighs 5.5% heavier than running shoes on average.

Adidas EQ21 lightweight

The Adidas EQ21 delivers a fun ride

Bouncy and springy — this is how reviewers find the Adidas EQ21. The shoe uses Bounce foam for the cushioning. It's not as plush as Boost but has a sufficient spring on the toe-offs.

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Ready to take the heat

Various runners claim that their feet never feel hot in the shoe. "My foot wasn't super hot and it was breathable enough in 70-80 degrees," shares one of them.

Adidas EQ21 breathable

An eye-candy

It's "stylish" but "not flashy." You can even wear it to your more laid-back events. 

Adidas EQ21 style

Minimal arch support from the EQ21

A few runners have experienced aching legs after their run in the EQ21 due to the lack of midsole support. 

Adidas EQ21 arch support

Annoying laces

It's unnecessary and the laces flop around. 

Adidas EQ21 lockdown

Don't expect a supportive fit

Unlike the Ultraboosts, the Adidas EQ21 doesn't have a snug, sock-like fit. Road runners say it's a "downgrade." 

Adidas EQ21 padding

Rubs the heel

Around the rear, the fit is too tight, which causes abrasion on the foot. 

Adidas EQ21 heel

Adidas EQ21 contains recycled materials

In their efforts to end plastic waste by 2024, Adidas has made sure to incorporate recycled materials into the makeup of the Adidas EQ21.

Expect a long life from the outsole

More than a few runners agree that this Adidas running shoe has a pretty hard-wearing rubber outsole. For the shoe's affordable price point, this is an impressive level of durability.

Adidas EQ21 traction

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 292g / Women 269g
Drop: 10.5mm
Arch support: Neutral

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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.