Size and fit

Adidas Temper Runs use a lacing system that is a combination of regular eyelets and ghillie for an adjustable fit. Lots of overlays made of suede and leather, strewn on top of the mesh uppers, provide the shoes with enough medial and lateral support. 

Adidas Temper Run Style

Adidas plumped up its dad shoe lineup with the release of these kicks. Temper Runs bring back the nostalgia for the sneakers of the 90s, most often characterized by three words—big, bulky, and loud. These shoes contain tons of layers on the uppers, chunky midsoles,—although in this case, not quite so much—and really bold colorways. 

Wear Adidas Temper Runs in the shock purple or amber salmon colorway when you want to project an energetic and young vibe. Style with brown pants and a low-key long-sleeved shirt. 

Adidas Temper Runs in light brown/grey or core black are far more neutral and can be great for occasions when you still want to rock dad kicks but like the look to be somewhat toned down. 

Notable Features

These kicks from the Adidas brand carry an enviably nostalgic design that would appeal to people partial to the 90s penchant of doing things big. The shoes do not contain any notable tech, but they do feature one of the most notable styles that are heavily favored today—that of chunky shoes.

We refuse to call these ‘ugly’ because they aren’t. What they are is bulky and bold and instantly noticeable. These are the shoes to put on when you have no plans of blending in—unless you’re in New York, that is. With these on, you’ll never be relegated to the background.

Adidas Temper Run History

Temper Runs first made their presence known in 2014, right alongside reissues of the legendary Stan Smith, Boosts, and ZX Flux shoes. The sneakers were heavily-inspired by the aesthetics of 90s runners. The base of the shoes was done in mesh, hits of 3M on the Stripes were featured, and tonal suede panels were layered across the uppers. AdiPRENE midsoles completed the look.

Maybe it was because people weren’t ready for that bulky look yet, or perhaps because the trend was geared towards the sleeker silhouettes, whatever the reason, Temper Runs didn’t last long in the market. 

Fortunately for the silhouette, just four years later, the market was ripe for the chunky look. In May of 2018, two OG colorways were dropped by the Three-Stripe brand. And this time, the shoes were quickly snatched up. More colorways rapidly followed in the months succeeding.

A collab colorway made by Adidas Consortium on the Temper Runs with retailer Saint Alfred also dropped in October of 2018 as well as another one with Transport for London (TfL).  

Additional Info

  • The shoes sit atop sculpted EVA midsoles and contain textile linings.
  • 3M reflective detailing can be found on the Three Stripe branding on the sides.


Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Originals, Adidas Adiprene
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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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.