We Tried It: Adidas Adizero Feather 2 Running Shoes

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8/14/2012 2:00 PM   :  26 comments   :  22,353 Views

Recently, I was asked if I wanted to try out a new pair of running shoes and blog about the experience.  I usually hesitate with things like this (because I’m picky about my running shoes), but was very intrigued by this product. Maybe these shoes could give me the Olympic speed I’ve been dreaming of!  Or, more realistically, perhaps they would feel good on my feet and give me a slightly different running experience.
 
The Adidas Adizero Feather 2 is marketed as one of the lightest running shoes available, designed to help athletes become faster.   It is available on adidas.com and also through national sports retailers like Finish Line and Champs.   When they say the shoe is light, they aren’t kidding.  The women’s shoe weighs 5.6 ounces, and the men’s is 6.7 ounces.  I felt like I was barely wearing anything when I put them on.  I also liked the color of the women’s shoe (black with pink accents), since it was a little different than the running shoes I traditionally wear.
 
The shoe didn’t come with instructions, but I think they are the kind of thing you should slowly ease into using.  I wouldn’t consider these to be a minimalist shoe (like Vibrams, for example), but they definitely didn’t give me as much support as a regular running shoe.  That took some getting used to.  The first time I wore them was for a 5-mile treadmill run and afterward I felt like I probably did a little too much, too soon. 
 
For anyone who is new to running, I always recommend you visit a specialty running/walking store to be properly fitted for the right shoe for you.  Although one brand or model might work great for me, it might not be the best shoe for you (based on your feet and running mechanics).  I think it’s important to let the professionals help you decide what to wear to avoid injury and discomfort.   If a shoe like the Adizero Feather 2 is one of your options, you might consider giving them a try.
 
Looking for additional information?  Here are more tips to Find the Perfect Workout Shoe for You.
 
Do you have a specific type of running/walking shoe that you tend to stick with?  Have you found those through trial and error or do you go with recommendations from a specialty store?


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