Size and fit

The Adidas Futurepacer is crafted with a standard lace-up closure that grants a customized fit, while the leather shroud with Velcro fastening system is added for decorative purposes only. This unisex sneaker has a TPU insert that tends to give it a narrow fit, which is why consumers suggested obtaining a half size larger for a smoother stride.

It is supported by a responsive and wide-based midsole that also offers stability. This sneaker is offered in men’s sizing. Women buyers may go one size down their usual size to get an equivalent men’s size.

Adidas Futurepacer Style

Joining the party of high-end athleisure sneakers is the low-top Adidas Futurepacer outfitted with a fashion-approved deconstructed design played up with a fully reflective upper and leather shroud that conceals its lacing system. The strap across the left shoe mimics the fitness tracker on the original Micropacer, while the one on the right pair has a tiny pocket that can fit a folded bill or a key.

You may either fasten up the Velcro strap and don it with a pair of selvage jeans, premium jogger, washed and cropped denim, or tapered chinos. Or give your casual garb a dramatic statement as you retain those flaps partly or wholly unstrapped. Keep those shoes exposed as there is no use to bury such stunning form under the hem of your pants.

Notable Features

Adidas pushed back its cookie-cutter shapes, detailing, and styles when it reconstructed its 1980s runner, the Micropacer, into a fashion-forward low-top Futurepace. The sole boasting with springy Boost easily captivates the style interests of consumers, which does not fall short of comfort benefits as it grants wearers the needed all-day support and stability.

Adidas Futurepacer History

Back in 1986 the German brand Adidas pioneered wearable technology with the launch of Adidas Micropacer. Way too advanced for its time, the Micropacer could track wearer’s distance, calculate average speed and amount of calories burned through a computer device called a pedometer.

This piece of micro-engineering was integrated into the shoe tongue which was considered the cleverest sneaker in the market at that time, and probably the earliest precursor to the Nike+iPod Sports Kit released 20 years later. The Nike gadget also allowed users to evaluate their performance through a wireless sensor placed in the shoe.

After three decades, in 2018, the Three Stripes brand revisited its vault to launch a deconstructed representation of the 1980s fitness-inspired running shoe in the form of a lifestyle sneaker called the Adidas Futurepacer.

While this successor has dropped the electronic technology, it maintained a forward-looking design which is somewhat a hybrid style of the Micropacer and the NMD. This sneaker demonstrates a Velcro shroud that conceals the lacing system, rectangular sole segments, and broad Boost cushioning unit.

Initially priced at $180, the first drop came in Grey One/Footwear White/Core Black contrasted by a thin strip of purplish TPU around the heel. The second colorway is in all-black cut by a green trim along the heel and blue trim on the inner tongue.

Nice to know


  • The upper is made of premium Nubuck and strong, lightweight kangaroo leather.
  • Adidas designed the upper with 3M reflective material.
  • The Adidas Futurepacer was released on June 9, 2018.
  • The black panel of leather on the heel works as a pull tab and heel counter.
  • The ridge rubber design on the midsole is inspired by the original Micropacer.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Futuristic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Boost
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA, OrthoLite
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.