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Road Running Shoes • June 9, 2022

Adidas Adistar CS: First Look | Big Bottom Cushioned Support

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What You Need To Know

  • Essentially a stability version of the Adistar
  • Features a Repetitor + Support Frame to increase stabilization
  • Continental outsole provides exceptional grip
  • Stack height of 37mm heel, 31mm toe (6mm drop)
  • Available now for $160
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A few months ago, we reviewed the Adidas Adistar, a chunky chip of a shoe that surprised us by running better than we thought it would and punching beneath its weight (which was fairly substantial). We loved the look of the shoe as well as it was indeed big, bold, and beautiful.

As a follow-up to that model, Adidas has just released the Adistar CS (which stands for Cushioned Support), a shoe designed with more cushion and– you guessed it– support.

The shoe features a dual-density midsole, 6mm drop from heel to toe, rocker geometry, and an internal upper support cage. This increased cushioning is purpose-built to make those long slow distance runs seem easier. Additionally, the shoe features a long, curve-shaped angle across the forefoot for a smooth, consistent rock motion.

A mono-mesh upper, made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic, is designed for breathability and lockdown in key zones, while the Continental outsole continues to provide some of the best grip in the game.

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Our Thoughts

While this probably won’t head to the top of our list of daily trainer of the year, Meaghan has taken it out for a few miles and it performs pretty nicely, in the same manner as the aforementioned Adistar.

The Adistar already had a pretty wide base on it, despite its high-stack midsole, so we’re not so sure a stability version of the shoe was necessary. However, since Adidas added more cushion to this version, a bit more support can’t hurt anything.

Is this a light shoe? Hell no. We can’t even get a men’s weight on it from the spec sheets or the website, but knowing that it’s even more built-up than the Adistar (which weighed 11.2 ounces/317 grams for a US men’s 9), there’s no doubt it’s hefty. However, shoes like the Nike React Infinity 3 (another moderate stabilit shoe) come in at pretty much the same weight. So if that works for you, then it shouldn’t be an issue. As we said, the Adistar in general runs lighter than its actual weight.

Looks-wise, we love everything about the shoe and Adidas has put out some eye-catching colorways for the initial release, includin Greyfive/Beamyellow/Solagreen and Greyfive/Almostyellow/Beampink. And no, that’s not another language, that’s the design department going off the rails on color naming conventions (i.e. they probably just copy-pasted the names of pot strains from the website of their local dispensary.) Still not as wild as Hoka’s color names.

All-in-alll, the shoe provides the comfort and fit one would expect from Adidas, and if you’re a stability runner (or even a neutral runner) looking for something big and bold to roll you through those easy days, then you may want to consider this one.

You can pick up the Adidas Adistar CS for $160 now by using the shop link below.

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