Adidas Adizero Tempo 8

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Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 Review Facts

If one is looking for a shoe that is brave and durable enough to tackle the rough road terrain with no issues, look no further than the Adidas Adizero Tempo 8. The shoe has an outsole that can get the job done without opening the wearer up to any structural issues. In addition to the incredibly durable outsole, the midsole of the shoe provides the wearer everything they need in terms of bounce and energy return due to the highly coveted material that was used in its design; Boost foam. The comfort provided by this shoe is unreal and for a very good reason.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Extremely comfortable shoe
  • Provides an awesome Fit
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Highly cushioned
  • Amazing transitions
Cons
  • A little stiff initially
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole on this shoe is designed from a material that is meant to provide the wearer with an amazing level of traction as well as ensure that the shoe lasts for a decent length of time. The shoe makes amazing use of the Continental rubber that is placed throughout the outsole of this shoe. Continental rubber is a material that Adidas has begun to use in some of their higher end road shoes simply because of the fact that the material is highly durable and can provide the wearer with everything that they need in this respect. The material that covers the outsole does not cover the outsole in its entirety; the material makes way for a bit of flex in the shoe simply by making the pockets of the sole unit visible and by only ringing the outer portion of the shoe on the backside. The system in place on the hind part of the shoe is aptly titled the Adiwear system.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the shoe is made up of a combination of materials, the most notable being the Boost foam that is in place in the hind part of the shoe. Boost foam is known for giving the wearer a highly cushioned feel that is only supported by the bounce that takes place while the shoe is in use. The other half of the shoe’s midsole design is comprised of EVA Stableframe technology. The addition of this tech into the design of the shoe somewhat counteracts the effect of the material in the midsole and allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a bit of stability while the shoe is in use. To give the shoe a bit of flex Adidas incorporated a Torsion system into the design; the torsion system simply allows the back of the shoe and the forefoot to move freely and counteracts any stiffness on the shoe’s part.
Upper

Upper

Much like the midsole of the shoe, the upper combines various materials to provide the wearer with both a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing design. The majority of the upper is comprised of a mesh material that allows the shoe to stretch to the size of the wearer’s foot(within the realms of possibilities) and to allow the shoe an ample amount of airflow. In addition to this, there are several other materials in place to give the shoe a bit of variety; the overlays of the shoe are comprised of both synthetic and suede overlays to provide the wearer with a decent level of style when the shoe is placed on the foot. The tongue and entrance of the shoe are designed from a bootie construction to provide the wearer with a comfortable feel and to ensure that the foot doesn’t come out of the shoe while it’s on-foot. To aid this effect, the toe box of the shoe and the lacing are both rather snug and work to give the wearer what they need in terms of functionality.
Weight

Weight

The materials incorporated into this shoe’s design, despite popular belief, provide the wearer with what they need in terms of a lightweight shoe. The upper of the shoe is designed from a mesh material that allows the shoe to bend but is perforated so as to counteract the stiff, heavy-duty features that generally come with a shoe’s design. Just so that you guys understand where these words are coming from, the design of this shoe in total weighs roughly 7.8 oz; that’s incredibly lightweight for a shoe. The sole unit also provides a bit of balance in this respect by limiting the area that the shoe can cover through the addition of the flex grooves and through the addition of the Torsion system which severely limits the space that the rubber can cover.
Breathability

Breathability

In terms of breathability, the mesh upper on the shoe has definitely got you covered; mesh is perforated and allows the shoe to bend to the will of the wearer’s foot with little to no issue. The shoe also has minimal overlays which are definitely a good thing simply because it allows the shoe to provide the wearer with an amazing level of airflow and doesn’t restrict it in any way. The toe box of the shoe is highly perforated to allow the shoe to provide the wearer with what they need in regard to airflow; make sure to consider this as most shoes, when on foot and being used to run, simply don’t allow the foot to have ample airflow in this area and can result in a highly uncomfortable feeling for the wearer of the shoe.
Comfort

Comfort

Everything about this shoe simply says that it is meant to provide the wearer’s foot with what they need in terms of comfort. The sole unit or, rather the midsole of the shoe has ample cushioning due to the use of the Boost material in that section of the shoe and the EVA foam that is present as well. The use of the Torsion system allows the 2 sections of the shoe to move freely which also results in ample flex being present in the shoe’s design; this opens one up to comfort simply because of the fact that eliminates some of the discomforts that can arise from a stiff shoe. The upper is made of mesh with a few overlays placed here and there; the use of the mesh really allows the shoe to conform to the curves of the wearer’s foot and eliminates some of the chafings that generally comes with running shoes.
Style

Style

This is an aesthetically pleasing running shoe, that’s for sure. The upper of the shoe (really the entirety of the shoe’s design) allows one to really pair this shoe with multiple types of clothing outside of the general running gear; this is important simply because it makes the shoe increasingly versatile and allows one to wear the shoe in many more places outside of the typical sport environment. Also to this effect, the sole unit of the shoe blends colors in such a seemingly simple way that the shoe looks rather attractive when on foot; it appears to be color-blocked. The shoe comes in various colorways as well, with most of them being on the attractive side and all of them wearable. The use of several different material types such as the suede and things of that nature really gives this shoe contrasting textures simply because of the fact that the materials range in feeling; suede is incredibly soft while the mesh is always on the perforated side of things.
Durability

Durability

One of the outstanding qualities of this shoe is that it never ceases to provide the wearer with what they need in terms of durability. The sole unit of the shoe is designed from Continental rubber; this rubber is made by a tire manufacturer and will continuously provide the wearer with a high level of comfort and durability while the shoe is in use; the material in the shoe’s design will continuously provide the wearer with what they need because of the fact that it takes a rather long time for it to really wear down. The upper of the shoe should also last for a relatively long time simply because of the addition of the overlays in its design; the synthetic and suede overlays provide a layering that make it rather hard for the shoe itself to break down or rip when in use. One thing to keep in mind is that some of the material that makes up the overlays is suede and that water is an enemy of that fabric.
Protection

Protection

In terms of protection, the material that makes up the shoe’s design will continuously provide the wearer what they need. The outsole of the shoe and the Continental rubber that is used in it’s making really allows the shoe to block the entrance of all materials into the shoe’s design, which is something that becomes increasingly important as time goes on. The midsole makes fantastic use of the StableFrame design and really works to give the wearer what they need in regard to the ability to keep the foot and the from rolling over and, in turn, protects the wearer from potential injury. The upper of the shoe has various overlays that also work to keep the wearer from experiencing any level of injury simply because of the sheer thickness of the material and the fact that it becomes increasingly difficult for anything to actually penetrate it.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The midsole of the Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 was designed to provide the wearer what they need in terms of responsiveness simply because of the dual materials that are used for that portion of the shoe’s design. The Boost hind part of the midsole conforms to the curves of the wearer’s foot and allows for a bit of comfort for those runners who like to primarily strike the ground from the heel of their foot. The forefoot of the shoe makes use of the EVA material and, since EVA is still on the responsive side it works to give the wearer what they need in terms of bounce and enable the wearer to have extremely smooth transitions while in the shoe. The mesh of the upper of the shoe also allows the shoe to blend with the curves of the wearer’s foot, which results in a high level of comfort for the wearer’s foot; this is surprising simply because the shoe has a few overlays and shouldn’t be able to provide the wearer with what they need in regard to responsiveness, it does though.
Support

Support

The Boost in the midsole of the shoe ensures that the wearer receives an incredibly supportive ride while the shoe is in use. The hind part of the sole allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a level of comfort that is simply above that provided by other models of shoe; the Boost is provided in ample amounts in the back of the shoe and since the material is able to conform to the curves of the wearer’s foot, is able to give the wearer what they need in terms of support. The upper of the shoe also keeps the sides of the wearer’s foot locked in place and, in turn, provide support for those areas of the shoe.
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is a road running shoe, it’s as simple as that. The sole unit has the durability that is necessary for a shoe to really provide the wearer with a high level of functionality on terrains such as trails but, due to the lack of traction and the design of the upper, it wouldn’t really be the best fit for the wearer. The Continental rubber on the sole unit allows the shoe to really give the wearer what they need in terms of longevity simply because of the fact that the material is so long-lasting; this simply means that if the shoe is used on the terrain that it was designed for use on, the wearer won’t have to worry about the longevity or replacement.
Price

Price

Here comes the amazing thing about this shoe; it is way on the lower end of the spectrum in regard to price. The funny thing about this shoe is that it incorporates various high-end materials into its design and can still be found at bargain prices. The Boost that is found in the midsole of the shoe alone provides the wearer with what they need in terms of quality and justifies a much higher price point for this extremely quality shoe. Something else to note about the design of this shoe is that it is incredibly versatile and gives the wearer the ability to wear the shoe in areas outside of the traditional running environment.
Traction

Traction

The sole unit or the outsole of the shoe is designed to give the wearer what they need in terms of traction and does a fine job doing so at that. The Continental rubber on the outsole doesn’t have an extremely discernable design; the pattern is just kind of their and is completely unmolded. With that, the sole unit of the shoe still does its job to provide the wearer with what they need by simply sticking and being consistent with the level of traction that is provided by the design of the shoe.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Adidas Adizero Tempo 8 as a whole continues to provide the wearer with what they need in terms of flex. The upper moves in an incredibly natural way due to the use of the strategic placement of the overlays and the fact that materials that make up the upper themselves have an incredibly malleable nature. The sole unit only works to compliment this aspect of the shoe’s design by being incredibly flexible themselves; the sole unit makes rather decent use of the torsion system which allows the shoe to move in ways that aren’t completely in-line with one another. The sole unit also has the continental rubber and, since this material has both flex grooves and doesn’t cover the entire base of the shoe, it’s able to really provide a natural range of motion when in use.
Stability

Stability

This shoe makes amazing use of the StableFrame tech in the shoe’s design. The StableFrame technology is comprised of the EVA foam and basically allows the shoe to have a bit of rigidity in its design; this is one of the primary reasons why the shoe has a split midsole area and is able to move in the way that it does.
Drop

Drop

The drop on this shoe is fairly average and falls into the 10mm range. Again, this isn’t the worse thing in the world simply because the shoe is still able to provide the wearer with rather natural-feeling transitions.
Key features

Key features

• StableFrame technology
• Boost midsole
• Continental rubber
• Coolever mesh
• Torsion system
Verdict

Verdict

To be honest, this shoe is what most would like to call a steal. The price point of the shoe itself is relatively low and, when considered in tandem with the various premium features, greatly justifies the purchase of the Adidas Adizero Tempo 8. The durability is also out of this world; the continental rubber in the outsole makes sure of this and allows the wearer to have a shoe that simply provides them with what they need in this respect.