Adidas Springblade Shoe Review
On the heels of the Energy Boost (made with a new technology bouncy foam sole that I’m a fan of), Adidas has released yet another shoe designed to put a spring in your step — the futuristic Adidas Springblade($180), available today. After testing the shoes for the last few weeks, here’s what I think of them.
Once on, I noticed that the Springblade run bigger than other Adidas shoes I have, especially in the toe box. It’s enough to size down, however — there just seemed to be a lot of room in the front. And while I like the design and color of the shoe, there’s no escaping the fact that all those blades make a fashion statement, whether you like it or not! Expect comments from fellow runners.
There’s a definite bouncy feeling of this shoe, and while it may look like they would weigh you down, the polymer blades do just as advertised: they make you feel lighter on your feet. Each shoe features 16 of these blades, which are each individually tuned and angled to help propel you forward and encourage you to land on your forefoot. I was skeptical at first run but pleasantly surprised at how natural they felt once I started, although I am not a heel striker so I am not sure how much differently the blades would change my stride if I were. And while the shoe felt a bit more hefty than usual when I first picked them up, once on, I was actually surprised at how free my feet felt — the lightweight and breathable Techfit mesh upper surely contributed. Even with the shoe’s lightness, however, the blades offer great cushioning from impact; I have occasional knee pain when I run, but when wearing the Springblades I felt like the shoes did not aggravate my runner’s knee as much as other shoes have.