Adidas A.R. Review

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Adidas really love the retro influence in their new line of sneakers, and the Adidas Originals A.R. trainer model really shows it. But before we dive into the specifics of the Adidas A.R. Trainer let’s look back at the Originals part of the name. First of all, Adidas Originals is a subsidiary of Adidas that deals with the manufacture of casual sports clothing and accessories.  Adidas Originals covers the sports styles of footwear that have a distinctive retro old school feel to them. And in January of this year, Adidas Originals released two new retro-inspired sneakers.

The first is the S.C. Premiere, while the second one was A.R. Trainer. Both of them are inspired by the legendary tennis players of the ’80s. More specifically the sneakers take design cues from a 1988 tennis sneaker that is considered a classic by today’s standards. But for now, let’s take a closer look at A.R. Trainer by Adidas. Hope you’ll like this review of the sneaker.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Leather and suede upper

OrthoLite sock liner

EVA midsole

Rubber outsole

Cons

No Vegan version

Outsole

Outsole

Made with the good old rubber, the outsole of the A.R. Trainer is gorgeous. But don’t think for a minute that just because the upper is the only part of the sneaker that’s inspired by the great 1988 shoe. No. Quite the opposite in fact. But because the outsole was also modeled by an older shoe, it doesn’t have the requirements that are needed today with sports type of sneakers. The indentations on the bottom of the shoe are not big and deep enough, but there isn’t denying that the footing isn’t satisfied with the sole lug that’s provided in this model.

After all, things were quite different back in the late ’80s. The rubber used in the outsole is white, to match the color used in the upper. The outsole isn’t uninformed in size and design, but there are different patterns on different areas of the outsole. The middle of the shoe has an outsole with a different pattern than the front of the outsole or the back. It has to do with the weight distribution to different parts of the foot, and with the way the outsole is supposed to bend. And last but not least, the bottom of the outsole features not only the word Adidas but also the even more famous trefoil logo that accompanies the subsidiary of Adidas. You know, just in case you forget that you’re wearing Adidas on your shoes.
Midsole

Midsole

If you thought that the EVA midsole is enough to provide the all-day comfort of the sneaker, think again. Sure the EVA foam used in the making of the midsole is amazing, but right on top of that midsole sits a fantastic OrthoLite sock liner. It’s highly contoured in the arch and heel, and that contouring gives the footbed its integrity and support in practically every movement.

Yes, the EVA foam in the midsole is a great start, but the true supporting player in the successful shoe story is the fantastic OrthoLite sock liner also featured in the midsole. The sock liner featured in the shoe is not only eco-friendly it also takes care of the moisture management, the high-level breathability within the shoe and of the long term cushioning that’s practically essential for every sneaker.
The cushioning isn’t excessive, but it does provide the shoes with enough support to ease the pain and to provide the much-needed comfort even after hours and hours spent in these sneakers.
Upper

Upper

The retro-inspired look really shines in the upper. You can clearly see the nod to the classic 1998 sneaker in just about every part of the upper, only made even better with the modern Adidas craftsmanship. Made entirely from leather and suede, the upper is an intricate and beautiful creation that pays homage to one fantastic shoe.

The famous three stripes that sit on the sides of the upper have perforations on them as well. The front area of the upper has 12 little perforations near the toes and 4 more on the surface of the tongue. The perforations on the surface of the upper are not excessive. In fact, they’re e hardly noticeable, but they get the job done. They provide an excellent amount of aeration in the key areas of the sneaker, without being burdensome on the person who’s wearing the shoe.

The perforations are an excellent choice here. Because a mesh is omitted here in this particular model, the tiny perforations are a substitute for the ventilation. Yes, they’re small and not enough to provide the greatest ventilation possible but everything counts, don’t you think?
Last but not least, although the padding isn’t included in the tongue and the collar of the shoe, the lacing system is also as inspired by the 80’s sneakers. The lacing comes with thin white shoelaces that blend in the whiteness of the upper.
Comfort

Comfort

Two key things allow you to feel the comfort of this amazing sneaker. The first is the EVA foam in the midsole and the second is the fantastic OrthoLite sock liner sitting on top of the midsole. The two features complement each other; support each other in order to give you the best possible comfort. The EVA midsole and OrthoLite sock liner are welcomed additions to the sneaker, and although the padding of the sock liner is minimal, the comfort can be felt all day along.
Support

Support

Any type of sport shoe is specifically designed to provide a great deal of support, and A.R. Trainer by Adidas isn’t any different. But in this particular sneaker, the support comes from various places. From the thick rubber outsole that’s molded with a different set of patterns. From the EVA foam that holds the foot within the bounds of the midsole.

From the fantastic OrthoLite sock liner that provides ventilation, arch and heel support and last but certainly not least, from the gorgeous retro inspired upper. But as any shoe would show you that the support doesn’t come solely from the bottom part. The upper plays a key role in the support of the sneaker, and having a great upper is essential. Why? Because if the shoe has an upper that’s too tight and keeps your foot confined, cramped and in pain, most of the time, the support from the bottom part of the sneaker would mean very little. The support is a team effort and everyone is included. Another model that we reviewed with great ankle support is Adidas Pro Model, so if you are looking for a fashionable model with that feature be sure to check it out.
Durability

Durability

Usually, two distinct things really complete the durability of one’s shoe. The materials used in the making of the shoe, and how that shoe was made. Not surprisingly, Adidas excelled on both accounts and not only the A.R. Trainer is composed of great, high-quality materials like rubber, suede, and smooth leather, the supporting parts really add up to the durability. Supporting parts like EVA foam used in the midsole and OrthoLite sock liner also in that area, but the craftsmanship also counts.
And would you look at that craftsmanship? Made with two types of stitching thread, the upper and the outsole are nicely composed. The first thicker thread is used to hold the upper and the midsole nicely in place, while the thinner thread is used to hold the parts of the upper.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Sadly, the A.R. Trainer by Adidas is not the most flexible shoe on the company’s roster. Why? It has a lot to with the materials used in the making of the sneaker, and with the design of the shoes as well. Every single material used in the creation of the A.R. Trainer is thick, sturdy and not very flexible. That leather, the rubber and everything in between. Almost the entire surface of the upper is made out of thick leather, while the outsole has different areas with different patterns and different levels of thickness. All of these things combined make for one very sturdy and stiff sneaker that will be hard to bend.
Stability

Stability

But there’s an upside of that lack of flexibility. The sturdy materials, the intricate, firm stitching, and the fantastic midsole creates on a brilliant stable sneaker that will be there for you in a time of need. First and foremost, the stability comes from the outsole. Having the best features in the midsole would mean very little if you don’t have a great foundation to lean on. And the A.R. Trainer has a fantastic retro-inspired foundation. The stability comes from the upper as well, as it fixates the foot, gives it plenty of room to move freely and allows the comfort of the EVA midsole/OrthoLite sock liner to kick in.
Airflow

Airflow

Yes, the tiny perforations on the upper really can’t compare to the airflow that would be provided if the upper would have a mesh, but every little thing counts. And since the tiny holes are placed on several areas of the upper (toes, tongue, and sides), every part of the upper has a chance to get aerated. The amount of air that circulates through the perforations is insignificant compared to the mesh, but it also adds to the airflow.
Price

Price

The price tag on the A.R. Trainer by Adidas is 100 dollars. Yes, the sneakers are quite pricey but think about what you’re getting in return. You’re getting a high-quality sneaker that’s been made by one of the greatest companies in the world. Also, you’ll get a little piece of history, that’s been preserved, restored and renewed into a great new shoe. The retro nod is quite high here, and if you’re a sucker for vintage-inspired shoes than this is the perfect shoe for you.
Style

Style

The vintage style is alive and well in the Adidas factory. The Originals have done it again, and the German giant created one fantastic 80’s inspired shoe that will not only bring plenty of fond memories, but it will also surely inspire new generations of sports aficionados. The A.R. Trainer by Adidas is a great modern twist on the old-timer that dominated an entire decade in the past. One of the few faults that this sneaker has is the lack of variety in colors, but you can’t really fault Adidas for that. The original sneaker that inspired the A.R. Trainer had only one available color, so the company is only following tradition. But what you’ll get along with the vintage-inspired style is a well-made shoe, that’s been crafted with high-quality materials.
Bottom line

Bottom line

If you’re willing to spend 100 dollars for the A.R. Trainer by Adidas, what you’ll get in return is a shoe that pays homage to a great pair of sneakers straight of the past. The sneaker that was on the foot of dozens of fantastic tennis players in the ’80s From John McEnroe to Bjorn Borg.
The A.R. Trainer really takes you back to an era when almost guaranteed that everything is possible. In an ear dominated by excess, opulence, and style that’s been imitated and replicated mercilessly since. The ’80s were a fantastic era for creating sneakers, and there’s a good reason why Adidas Original have loved this particular decade.

The A.R. Trainer is a fantastic shoe made with fantastic high-quality materials and intricate craftsmanship. If you take a look at the customer reviews and ratings, the highest marks were given to the sneaker’s size and width. They’ve also praised the comfort and the overall quality of the shoe, and as the only drawback was pointed out the fact that with the white color featured all around the shoes, they get dirty quite easily. However, the cleaning of the sneaker is a breeze and if you chose to buy them you’ll be getting comfort, style and perfect fit in return. You’ll be purchasing a fantastic shoe.