I used to have a pair of zip-on Adidas years ago. I used them as training shoes. When I saw these, I had to try them. My previous pair were almost like a thin, neoprene, wetsuit material. They were sturdy and comfortable with the upper always feeling like a well-fitting shoe without the lacing that can create bind/pinch points. This pair of Adidas Alphabounce is lighter and more flexible in the upper--almost too much so. At size 13, 6'3", the cushion feels good and stable. The "sock" inner is low although the zip-up cover is mid ankle. That feels a little strange. There is a lot of heel slippage (no "lock") that can't be laced out (obviously; no laces). The zipper is challenging to close--I hope it won't fail... (I do not have high arches to make closure uniquely difficult.) The tread seems stable.
I might use these as leisure shoes. The heel slippage feels strange and threatens to raise a blister if I go too far. The shoe clamps, since it stretches, over the foot well. The side ridges are obviously designed to give some lateral support as well as look nice. I'm also interested in how well the rubber applique, apparently glued on the stretchy outer boot, will continue to adhere with use. I'll update this review in three months (for those interested). I like the shoe--but it falls enough short to make me miss my older Adidas zip ones with the "better" upper.
- Item Model Number: DA9949
- ASIN: B071S7L52T
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 11 January 2018
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