Adidas Lite Racer Adapt Review – Performs Well But Lacks Durability

I think it’s time we talk about the Adidas Lite Racer Adapt. After thousands of purchasers later, it’s still holding a solid 4.6 star rating on Amazon and 4.8 stars on Google!

adidas Men's Lite Racer Adapt Running Shoe

There’s a lot of hype around this shoe and everyone loves their purchase.

But I’m a man that likes to do my OWN research before coming to any conclusions.

As we all know by now, the lighter the shoe, the faster you run.

Adidas claim this as great running sneaker, modernized, innovative and more.

Whether these claims are true only we can find out by doing research.

Keep reading my Adidas Lite Racer Adapt for the cold hard truth.

Don't Get Your Hopes Up
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Support
  • Value for Money
4.3

Bottom Line:

I really wanted to like this shoe because Adidas has done everything right to make it extremely comfortable as it hugs your foot.

It is one of the comfiest shoes I have reviewed, however, the quality is a let down as you’ll be lucky to get 6 months out of them.

In saying that, they are still perfect casual/everyday shoes and a great choice for someone on the go.

 

At a Glance


Product Name: Adidas Lite Racer Adapt

Designed for: Running

True to size: Yes

Expected lifespan: 1 – 6 months

Price: $50 – $80

A Word from Adidas


Adidas call these shoes innovating and running-inspired trainers.

They possess a modern look for the streets and a slip-on design for functionality.

The sock-like construction is made from Ortholite Float that ensures a comfortable and supportive fit without being restrictive, and a lacing system for a unique touch.

It has a combined midsole that adds a plush and cushioned feel, while the outsole is hard and durable.

It is then finished with tongue and heel pull tabs for easy on/off.

But that’s enough about the features. Lets see what Adidas are really hiding.

Performance Review – What Are They Good At?


Running

This is a lightweight running shoe that’s supposed to be easy to wear.

I can see where Adidas is going with this as they wanted something easy for the people.

However, it lacks many features of a great running shoe.

For one, they’re a slip on design so you will not be agile in them.

While they are okay for short-distance running, they are by no means going to take your running game to the next level.

Secondly, they may slip off your feet when running since there’s not a lot of security in the ankle area.

My conclusion on running abilities

They are good for short-distances only, but they have too many flaws. There are far better running shoes out there for your money.

Walking/Casual/Running Errands

Now we’re talking!

So many people use them for walking around town, running errands, daily walking, and more.

They are the perfect casual sneaker thanks to the slip-on design and look really cool, making you feel good about yourself.

If you’re always on the go then you will surely love these sneakers.

The sock-like feeling and plush sockliner make you feel like you’re walking on clouds, and some even claim they are the most comfortable shoes they’ve ever worn.

My conclusion for general/casual

They are far better suited for those on the go and have a busy lifestyle. Or if you want something easy to put on without bending over and tying your laces every hour of the day.

The Gym

They make great gym shoes as they are hella comfortable and can be used for walking on the treadmill, running (as long as it’s short distance) or other cardio activities.

Others like to wear them for weightlifting.

Plus they look great which may even get you more compliments at the gym!

My conclusion for gym use

They are versatile enough for the gym as the midsole allows for many different activities without feeling discomfort. Also the mesh upper promotes air flow so you don’t get hot feet during intense workout sessions.

Do They Hold Up?


They are priced at $50 – $80 which means they are not made to be bulletproof.

Plus they feature a mesh upper to maximize ventilation, but that comes at a cost – decreased durability.

However, there’s no way around it as all running shoes are ventilated with some sort of mesh material.

If you use them for any kind of physical exercise, they won’t last long and I can pretty much guarantee it.

Even those who love the shoe and give it 5 stars say that it will probably won’t last long.

When you take into consideration the affordable price tag, the feedback from the community, and the fact that they ain’t even good running shoes, it’s safe to say that they aren’t the best shoes in the price range.

But will they hold up and how long do they last?

They will certainly hold up well if you use them casually and will probably last about 3 – 6 months.

Add them into your rotation and they will last a little longer.

If you use them for heavy exercises you’ll be looking at a 1 – 3 month lifespan.

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Other Important Notes


  • May take a couple days to break in before feeling the cloud-like comfort
  • Better suited for walking since they wear down too quickly from exercising
  • They feel like socks on your feet but with an outsole attached, that’s how comfortable they are
  • Materials are thin to keep the weight down
  • They breath very well, which makes them good for hot summer days
  • The outsole may wear out quicker if you’re a heavyset person
  • Someone said it’s like wearing 10 pairs of socks 😀

The Negative Reviews


The biggest flaw is the lack of durability, as you probably would’ve found out by looking at all the 1-star reviews on Amazon.

It seems Adidas has focused entirely on minimalism and lightweight.

And they do that so well, but unfortunately they are made with thin materials.

In all honesty you will be lucky to get 6 months out of them.

If you use them for any sports or intense exercise, expect them to rip and wear down in a month or 2.

And it’s not only one part of the shoe that dies down fast, it’s everywhere.

Common defects are the outsole wearing down within a couple months, heel inserts wear down, the upper ripping, sides of the upper, the tips of the toes, etc.

Basically all the materials are thin and cheap that you cannot run away from the inevitable.

The inevitable being they will die within a few months.

The Pros and Cons


Pros

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Hugs the foot without being too tight
  • Different color options
  • Mesh design for air flow, keeping your feet cool
  • The perfect casual summer sneaker
  • True to size

Cons

  • Not good for running
  • Lacks durability in all area – only last a few months

Recommended?


If you’re looking for a comfortable pair of non-sport shoes, these are the perfect choice.

They feel good on the feet and versatile enough to be used pretty much anywhere.

Of course the biggest flaw is the lack of durability.

They’re made of thin material so they’re prone to ripping and tearing in the upper.

Even if they don’t, they’ll eventually wear out in the outsole or heel areas.

And when I say “eventually” I mean in a few months.

In saying that, they are still very comfortable and bound to keep your feet happy.

Do I recommend them for running?

Absolutely not.

Do I recommend for general wear?

Kind of.

Do I recommend them overall?

I’m going to say no.

A Better Alternative


There are far better shoes out there that you can wear casually, in the same price range, and will last longer.

My first alternative is the Adidas Kaptir.

It’s a lot stronger while continuing to have similar features as the Lite Racer Adapt.

They can be used for the gym, casual and even running.

My second choice is the Brooks Transcend 6, which is a better running shoe than both combined.

A little pricier than the other shoes mentioned but stands out in the running department, quality and support.

A Little Disappointed


I’m a little disappointed that Adidas skimped on the quality and decided to use cheap materials instead.

It looks the part, it really does look like a great shoe.

And it also performs, for many different things in fact.

But the durability is a let down.

I thought Adidas would have known better.

They’ve got everything else right as I know exactly what they were aiming for, but they should’ve used stronger materials to make it last a little longer, EVEN if it made it a tiny bit heavier.

It’s still an awesome shoe that offers cloud-comfort fit, but only for a short lifespan.

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Don't Get Your Hopes Up
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Support
  • Value for Money
4.3

Bottom Line:

I really wanted to like this shoe because Adidas has done everything right to make it extremely comfortable as it hugs your foot.

It is one of the comfiest shoes I have reviewed, however, the quality is a let down as you’ll be lucky to get 6 months out of them.

In saying that, they are still perfect casual/everyday shoes and a great choice for someone on the go.

 

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