Working Out With Adidas Adipure Trainers Is Really Weird (But Good For You!)

I'm wearing the new Adidas Adipure Trainers right now. They're barefoot shoes. My toes are spread apart (which is good), my feet are closer to the ground (which is great) and I feel like an arse (which is normal). Adidas says it'll make me a better athlete.

I was athletic once upon a time, this before I learned the invention of beer of course, but I've always wanted to make my way back there. What do I do? Start running? Not quite. Mark Verstegen, founder of Athletes' Performance and consultant for Adidas, crushes my hopes saying that people "run to get fit" but that's the wrong way of doing things. Instead, "you have to be fit to run". So though the popularity of barefoot running shoes has been well documented, these Adidas barefoot shoes aren't like those. They're the first barefoot models exclusively targeted for the gym. Run later.

When I first tried to put the Adipure Trainers on, my feet got stuck. My piggies just weren't inserting themselves inside the five holes. Verstegen had warned me about this, he says that our feet are so used to being scrunched up (he re-created the image with his fist) by dress shoes and high heels and sports shoes that we've ruined our natural toe alignment. They're supposed to be spread apart. Hearing that in the background, I was worried that these shoes would never fit me, that I was a lost cause, that I'd be out of shape forever. But! My problem was that I was wearing socks and apparently, Adipure Trainers aren't meant to be worn with your feet covered. When I went sock-less (a gross proposition for most that's slightly alleviated by 'an ortholite sock liner) I managed to slip in with relative ease.

So how do they feel? Actually good. The shoe's upper is similar to low profile water shoes (better quality, natch) — elastic, stretchy and hardly noticeable around the top part of your foot. I do, however, feel a bit of restriction around my toes but I'm going to assume that's more of a newness thing. The EVA midsoles are perfect though, EVA stands for ethylene and vinyl acetate and it's made up of a ton of foam cells that contain air, when your foot lands on the EVA, the foam compresses and the air gets pushed out until its sucked back in. So unlike Nike Frees which focus on re-creating a barefoot (read: less shock absorbent) feel, the Adidas Adipures provide a solid cushion so you don't feel every jagged edge of the ground. But it doesn't overcompensate on that cushioning, when you're doing exercises like box jumps you'll feel your toes and feet searching for balance, trying to grab the ground. It's like doing brand new core exercises for your feet—working the important little muscles that mean more than the big swooping ones.

But even with all these athlete-approved, trainer-recommended benefits, they're still unabashedly weird. Beyond all possibilities of weird, really. And to that end I say who cares? It's the gym, form follows function. They fit a specific purpose: it fixes your bad habits from the ground up, improves your posture and alignment so you can get more out of your workouts. You'll find yourself searching for balance and using muscles you never knew existed. One thing: probably not ideal for those who predominantly run.

The Adidas Adipure Trainers will be available on November 1 for $US90. [Adidas]


    Vibram Five Finger rip off!
    how did Adidas get away with copying Vibrams?

    A company called Vibram FiveFingers have been doing these for a while... Adidas just stole the idea.

    A similar Brand is Vibram Five Fingers. Although more expensive i think. Wonder if adidas adipure will have more styles than just the running ones.

    Why would a barefoot shoes have an EVA midsole just like all other normal running sheos? I thought the whole point of a barefoot shoe was it was supposed to mimic not wearing shoe.

    FWIW I'm a Podiatrist and even though these type of shoes are supposed to prevent injury, and therefore negate the need to go to a Podiatrist, my clinic is busier than ever with injuries caused by these silly shoes!

      It's not the shoes Michael... It's the fat bastards (such as myself) that think they are hardcore the minute they start running again. What they need to do is lose that 20-30 kilos that they weren't carrying as youths and then try these on for size... Mwahahahahahahaha.

      I've had a Vibrams for 3 years now. The key is to EASE into them, you can't expect to run 5 km the first time you put them on. Runners have made our legs very weak.

      You can buy less conspicuss versions to ware in every day life though. Check out Terra Planna.

      Awesome side note too, since using them, I've added an inch to my height. Posture alignment I guess.

    The girls at work here call the Vibrams "Wanker Shoes".

      i have a pair and im a wanker. but they make a massive difference when i train.

        I didn't say they don't work, just that you may be sacrificing your social life for a better work out.

          these are not wanker shoes at all. i reckon its all yall wearing regular shoes who are getting wankered about.

          wore my treksports to top of 3 high mountains in south wales. awesome feeling.

          girls thin k they are cute, and guys think they are cool

          nuff said.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I just spent 5 mintues trying to find the shoe on the adidas website with no success :(

      Maybe 'cause the article said they weren't available until November 1?

      Here's the link

    So, nobody has ever seen the old TV show ¨Married With Children¨?

    20 years ago Al Bundy received a vision from god telling him to build the ultimate shoe, guess what it looked exactly like.

    What about poor bastards like me with webbed toes, too bad I won't be able to wear them, I'll have to find another way to look like a wanker, maybe crocks?

      Confirmed, Crocks will do it for you. Or you could try Birkenstocks, I hear they cater to wankers


    Oh wait..... carry on.

    I wonder whether Vibram have the phone number of Apple's lawyers?

    Lol it's like trying to patent a glove... good luck the foot existed before the Vibram so who did they rip off?

    They should make these shoes but with a cover around the top of the toes, so they work as they are supposed to on the bottom, but from that top look like regular shoes.

    What size should I buy if I wear 9.5 in normal running shoes?

      Luis I'm taking a gamble and going to get a pair of 9.5, I usually wear between 9 to 9.5 but like 9.5 as they are loose, will keep you posted. Thanks

      Luis, just brought the 9.5 US and they fit well, had a little bit of a gap in the toes, if 9.5 are loose for you in running shoes then these will be fine, hope you get a pair they feel awesome.

    Addidas didn't steal anything from vibram. Adipure are created for gym use. Vibram Five Fingers are just barefoot foot wear. Vibrams just came out with a more durable 5 finger shoe that can be used for more active things like weight lifting and hiking. But the adipure are ideal for functional weight training, kettle bells, olympic lifting and sprinting. I have vibrams, I have innov8 Skin shoes, and I have adipure. Adipure are the best for working out.

    ive had vibrams, wich are nice for running, but nowhere near as productive in the gym

    try comodo per functional - they are amazing

    i wear them not just for taekwondo training but also for every day wear as i think they look nice as i am also a trainer snob, so if you don't like them then don't say or buy them

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