The Adizero Feather 2 shoes (originally $115, on sale for $85) are part of Adidas's minimalist shoe line, and these versions are some of the lightest ones available. Adidas touts the Adizero Feather 2s as being fast as lightning; in fact, some members of the Olympic track and field teams used these when training for London. After testing a pair the company sent to me, I can see what the fuss is about — as soon as I put them on, I felt like sprinting! I was amazed by how light and airy these 5.6-ounce shoes feel. Wearing the Feather 2s often feels like you aren't in anything more than a sock.
The shoes also are perfect for hot weather; although we rarely get sweltering heat in San Francisco, I wore the shoes while working outdoors during a trip to LA and my feet always felt cool and comfortable. While the flexible sole offers impressive grip on the pavement or grass, these would make the perfect treadmill shoe as the temps drop and you take your runs inside. Besides the feel, I loved the look of these shoes. I tested out the black and pink pair, which sport hot-pink accents and shoelaces, and got many compliments on them at the gym.
Read on for more about what I liked (and didn't like) about the Adizero Feather 2 shoes!
When you go minimalist, however, you will have to sacrifice a bit of support. The back of the shoe, for example, is less sturdy than other running shoes I've used, and my overpronating feet and ankles felt a little less supported than they're used to (for contrast, I alternated between a few shoes, including the Brooks PureCadence, a stability minimalist shoe that I love) but much more supported than a true barefoot running shoe (I also tried out a barefoot shoe to compare, and the difference in support was noticeable). This isn't to say that they hindered my runs; I never experienced any worrisome problems while wearing them, but I also didn't wear them for all my runs, and I never ran in them for more than five miles.
The bottom line: If you're used to minimalist shoes, you'll probably love these extremely light shoes. If you aren't, these can be a fun and cute addition to your shoe rotation, but make sure you ease into runs with these — going from traditional, more supportive shoes to these lightweight shoes may cause injury if you're not careful. However, I love how light these feel on my feet, and running three to four miles at a time with these has never given me a problem, so I'm definitely reaching for these on many of my everyday runs! The Adizero Feather 2 shoes are available in four colors; if you're a fan of Adidas's performance-tracking miCoach system, you'll be happy to know that these shoes are compatible with the miCoach device.