Adidas Performance Edge Lux Reviewed for Performance

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Adidas Performance Edge Lux Reviewed for Performance Review Facts

Adidas really stepped up their game with their Performance Edge Lux. Not only does it cater to women’s needs when it comes to running shoes, but they took it a step further and made the Edge Lux specifically for women. While it is advertised as a neutral road running shoe, it performs best at indoor activities such as CrossFit, aerobics, boot camp or just running and walking. The sole unit design offers a responsive and cushioned ride for the wearer, while the colorful sock-like design wraps around the feet seamlessly for a natural feel.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight and breathable upper
  • Comfortable, sock-like fit
  • Durable and abrasion-resistant outsole
  • Excellent for working out in
  • Made specifically for women
  • Colorful and unique design
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Lacks padding in the collar
  • Not supportive enough
  • Not suitable for longer runs
Outsole

Outsole

The new Adidas Performance Edge Lux features the company’s tried and tested ADIWEAR rubber in its outsole, which is a highly durable rubber material that protects the shoe from abrasions. Raised lugs have been incorporated into the construction of the outsole for enhanced durability and great traction on most surfaces.

Adidas also included Flex Grooves into the forefoot area of the outsole, for enhanced flexibility that allows the feet to move and bend in a natural way. This is especially important for toe-offs, since it provides the runner with effortless and bouncy movement, propelling them forward with ease and has excellent energy return. The Adidas Performance Edge Lux is a great choice for daily running/training and casual use as well.
Midsole

Midsole

The new Adidas Performance Edge Lux features its full-length BOUNCE foam in its midsole unit. This foam material is extremely flexible, allowing the feet’s natural bending and movement for an effortless ride. It provides excellent cushioning as well, without losing from its structure. It absorbs the shock of each footfall and transforms it into energy, enabling the wearer with springy, tireless movement and helps propel them forward. In addition to all of these great qualities, it is also very durable and will keep its shape for a long time.
Upper

Upper

Adidas really hit a homerun with their upper’s design for the Performance Edge Lux. Comprising of soft and flexible synthetic materials, this running shoe is highly breathable and lightweight, not to mention extremely comfortable as well, thanks to the soft inner lining. Support-wise, Adidas added mesh overlays to the sides of the shoe, which help keep the feet in place. These overlays directly connect to the lacing system, which consists of unusually wide and flat laces, for a snug and customizable fit.

For those who prefer thinner laces, the option to change them is provided. However, most users were quite satisfied with the wide ones, for their performance as well as style. The design of the Performance Edge Lux creates a sock-like appearance, which many customers loved. The tongue is incorporated into the upper and the soft synthetic materials used both on the inside lining and outer part of the upper make this running shoe fit and feel like you are wearing just socks. The tongue of the shoe can be adjusted by a pull tab for maximum comfort and support.
Weight

Weight

The Performance Edge Lux are a rather lightweight pair of running shoes thanks to the materials used in their production. A size 7 weighs about 8 ounces, which is quite light for a daily running shoe, since most weigh around 9-10 ounces. This light weight contributes greatly to the overall performance of this shoe and enhances its springiness for a smooth ride that will not tire the user out.
Breathability

Breathability

The upper is made of a lightweight synthetic material, that provides excellent ventilation throughout the shoe, since it acts much like a sock. A soft sockliner has also been included for added comfort and moisture absorption, which gets rid of any excess moisture inside the shoe, making for a dry and cool running/training experience. The mesh overlays,while there for support purposes, do not take away from the overall breathability of the shoe. Users praised the Performance Edge Lux’s breathability in both inside and outside activities.
Comfort

Comfort

These running shoes are comfortable straight out of the box, no need for breaking them in. This is due to the materials used in the production of the shoes, mainly the midsole and the upper. The midsole is a full-length BOUNCE foam, which provides a cushioned and responsive ride, while the soft and breathable synthetic upper feels as if you were wearing socks.

Additional padding is added to the collar and heel of the shoe for extra support and comfort, although some users found it a bit too thin for activity shoes. The soft sockliner also provides some comfort, while absorbing the excess moisture at the same time, keeping the feet dry and cool for a comfortable, irritation-free experience. It is also removable, so customers have the option of customizing their Edge Lux to cater to their needs in regard to arch support. While it may not be the best choice for someone with specific support needs, it is an excellent shoe for everyday use.
Style

Style

The Performance Edge Lux is not your standard everyday running shoe, that is for sure. First of all, with its woven-looking upper and raised collar/heel, this running shoe looks more like something you would wear around the house rather than an actual running shoe. However, it was designed specifically for women, who appreciated the modern look in contrast to some other running shoes on the market. The Performance Edge Lux comes in a variety of color schemes, from the basics to colorful tye-dye looking patterns. It is excellent for casual wear as well and can be styled in many different ways to suit anybody’s taste and wardrobe.
Durability

Durability

The Performance Edge Lux will last you a long time, given that you use it for indoor training, such as CrossFit, Zumba, weight training or running on the treadmill. While the sole unit is made of durable rubber and foam materials, the upper lacks overlays that would give it adequate support, especially in the toe box region, where the upper tends to tear the quickest. So, if you are an avid runner or like to run long distances, this shoe might not be your cup of tea. However, it is an excellent choice for gym goers or people who want a comfortable casual shoe to walk or stand around in.
Protection

Protection

Since the Performance Edge Lux was made for mostly indoor use, it is not the best protection shoe you can find. While the sole unit is made of durable and anti-abrasion materials, the upper lacks support with its minimal overlays. The mesh overlays on the sides of the shoe does help keep the feet locked in position, the toe box is totally exposed and there is no heel cup for added support. The removable sockliner is also too thin to provide adequate arch support and some runners complained about pain in that area after short use. This running shoe is not meant for the outdoor climate, so have that in mind if you are planning to buy it. However, if you are looking for dependable gym trainers, this could be the one for you.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Thanks to the Flex Grooves in the forefoot region of the outsole, that allow the feet to bend and move naturally, and the BOUNCE foam midsole, that delivers a responsive cushioning effect to the wearer, this running shoe has great responsiveness. It is especially great for different kinds of exercises, such as jumping jacks, burpees or running on the treadmill, since you can move freely in them. The toe-offs and landings are properly cushioned and there is excellent energy return so the wearer will not get tired fast.
Support

Support

As a neutral running/activity shoe made for women, the Performance Edge Lux provides enough support for the wearer. The BOUNCE foam midsole delivers some arch support, that is enough for indoor training. However, runners complained about the lack of arch support and pain caused by it when running. The thin sockliner, while it is comfortable, does not really have much support, but it is removable, so you can insert your own insole if needed. The synthetic upper offers some support in the form of mesh overlays on the sides of the shoe that help keep the feet steady and in place during use. The wide laces also help provide support by delivering a snug fit that does not constrict the natural movement of the feet.
Terrain

Terrain

The Performance Edge Lux is really an indoor activity shoe, meant for gym workouts or light running. The rubber outsole with its raised lugs and Flex Grooves in the forefoot region offers a flexible and energized ride, as well as good traction on roads. However, one should have in mind that it gives the best results indoors. This running shoe is not recommended for trail running, since it does not offer adequate support and protection from the elements and rough terrains.
Traction

Traction

Thanks to the ADIWEAR anti-abrasion rubber outsole, the Performance Edge Lux performs well on many surfaces, from gym floors to treadmills and pavement alike. Some customers reported that it retained its grip even on the wet ground. The Flex Grooves in the forefoot area of the outsole help the wearer move naturally, since they allow the feet to bend freely, providing a bouncy ride. This running shoe, however, is not meant for trail running and some customers complained about them not holding up well on roads either after some time, so keep that in mind while considering this shoe. On the other hand, if you want a quality pair of activity shoes, the Performance Edge Lux might just be the one for you.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Most of the Performance Edge Lux’s flexibility comes from the Flex Grooves on the outsole. These Flex Grooves do not restrict the natural bending of the feet, thus providing a very natural and free ride. The midsole’s responsive foam cushioning also has some flexibility to it and the upper’s synthetic material molds to the wearer’s feet like a sock, allowing for a natural fit.
Stability

Stability

As a neutral running/activity shoe, the Performance Edge Lux has enough stability for everyday training in the gym and lighter running. However, it is not a stability shoe and is not suitable for longer distances or harsh surfaces. The cushioning foam in the midsole combined with the drop offers a soft landing and a smooth heel to toe transition. The upper’s mesh overlays provide a stable, locked down fit, perfect for fast movements during training while the Flex Grooves allow for a bouncy, natural feel.
Drop

Drop

The drop on the Performance Edge Lux is 8 mm, which promotes a safe, injury-free heel strike and provides a smoother heel to toe transition, which customers appreciated.
Key Features

Key Features

Durable and abrasion resistant ADIWEAR rubber outsole
Flex Grooves in the forefoot region for the natural bending and flexing of the feet
BOUNCE foam midsole for a responsive cushioning
Removable, thin sockliner for moisture absorption and light arch support
Breathable and lightweight synthetic upper with mesh overlays for a stable fit
Colorful design
Wide and flat laces for a snug fit
8 mm drop
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Performance Edge Lux is a lightweight, everyday activity shoe with a unique design that catches the eye. The ADIWEAR abrasion-resistant, durable rubber outsole with its Flex Grooves offers good grip and traction on many surfaces and excellent flex for natural, unrestricted movements. The lightweight, breathable upper allows for free circulation of air inside the shoe for a dry and comfortable ride, while the mesh overlays ensure the feet stay locked in position.

The addition of the wide, flat laces provides a snug fit for maximum comfort. The support and stability of this running shoe are excellent for everyday training in the gym or light road running. However, it is not suitable for long distances running or trails, as it lacks adequate support and protection from the elements. If you are looking for an affordable quality activity shoe that looks good, this might just be the right choice.