Previously we have featured running shoe reviews from; World record holders, professionals and club runners, this week it is the turn of running newbie and budding journalist Joe McQuoid to review the adidas adiSTAR Salvation II.
Shoe under review: adidas adiSTAR Salvation II
RRP: £100.00 for the cheapest prices in the UK click here.
Normal Running Shoe: ASICS GEL 1130
Size: Men’s 11
Describe yourself: Newbie runners and sports journalist student
Sizing: Feels true to size
Width: Feels true to width
Arch type: Average Arch
OUT OF THE BOX: From my first impression of the adidas adiSTAR Salvation II I was impressed with the slickness of the design of the shoe and the fact it was without the usual garish colours that you find on most running shoes on the market. No fancy pink and orange collaborations, but instead a neat, well presented white design with a classy navy blue and green trim. These will look great with your running kit, but they also wouldn’t look too daft if you were forced to wear them with a pair of jeans!
PERFORMANCE: Having put the adidas adiSTAR Salvation II to the test at the Great South Run, as well as for the weeks of training in the build-up to the event, the shoe still feels the same as it did out of the box and is showing very few signs of wear and tear.
As the heel of the adidas adiSTAR Salvation II is split at the base, I half expected it to start to crack and come away from the rest of the shoe, but as of yet it is still intact and doesn’t feel any weaker than the first time I wore it. In fact, thanks to the FORMTION heel unit, the ride is super smooth, yet the shoe still delivers outstanding cushioning for long runs. During the 10 mile race the shoe remained supportive throughout, and felt like I could have ran in it all day without any discomfort from it.
GENERAL: The adidas adiSTAR Salvation II is very comfortable, although there is a slight lack of cushioning around the arch of the foot which did give me a small blister in the first week of training in them. One thing I have noticed as that the ventilation is so good, that your feet rarely feel too sweaty or heavy in them, and instead they remain cool and able to breathe throughout. The shoe isn’t the lightest due to the thickness of the sole, but this doesn’t make it a hindrance in any way either.
SUMMARY: Overall I have been very impressed with the adidas adiSTAR Salvation II. In terms of design, performance and comfort it is very hard to fault. With regards to the price of it though, £100 may be a little steep for those on a budget and unless you have a fondness for Adidas, there are certainly cheaper alternatives to this shoe out there which could provide just as much joy. Saying that it is a guaranteed winner for anyone willing to part with the cash and compared with the running shoes I have had in the past, this has certainly just raised the bar.