Adidas Solarcontrol Running Shoe Review
This is my first contribution to the adidas blogger community. I started running in this shoe about 2 months ago. So far they’re performing really well. I selected these shoes because I was seeking a daily trainer with pronation support. Solarcontrol is marketed by adidas as a running shoe with “extra stability, that’s made in part with recycled materials.” Since I have used a variety of stability shoes over the last 10 years to keep me injury free, the Solarcontrol looked like a great solution to fit needs.
Before running the first mile in my new Solarcontrols, I removed the inserts and replaced them with my custom orthotics. I’ve used orthotics for 10+ years to help correct some bio-mechanical issues & prevent injuries. Extra long laces were also needed because I use every one of shoes’ eyelets to ensure a snug, yet comfortable fit. Within a few weeks of walking around in the shoes and completing multiple 4 -6 mile easy runs, the shoes were sufficiently broken in.
Since then, I’ve logged about 100 miles on a wide variety of terrain, including roads, hilly gravel & dirt trails, sandy beaches & bike paths. As an experienced runner, it doesn’t take me long to evaluate a new running shoe. Especially, an everyday trainer like the Solarcontrol.
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These shoes offer a number of positive benefits for me.
- They include adidas’ BOOST cushioning, which provides energy return and comfort.
- They provide solid support from upper, to midsole, down to outsole without feeling “bulky.”
- The upper is really comfortable and as a bonus is made with 50% recycled content. I’m definitely onboard with adidas’ goal to reduce plastic waste.
Grading the Solarcontrol
So far, I give the adidas’ Solarcontrol a big thumbs up. These everyday running shoes are a great value for both neutral and pronation control training shoe fans. They very comfortable and durable and can also be used as a walking shoe or a shoe worn by someone who’s on their feet all day. Bottomline, in my opinion, the Solarcontrol is a very versatile athletic shoe.
What’s next for my solarcontrol running shoes
Over the next few months, my plan is to continue to train in these shoes, put them through 10k and half marathon training and provide feedback. I’ll discuss the shoe’s weight and provide my thoughts about the types of workouts for which the Solarcontrol is best suited.