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Overview

The Adidas Tempo 9 shoes come with a distinct look rooted in the 80s shoes. But they are up to date in all aspect and represent a major upgrade over the two previous versions. With a design specifically made to tackle roads and track, the shoes are fast, they have good traction and they come with some of the most interesting technologies seen in this class. They are not the most expensive options in the class. So they might just represent a trainer for runners of all levels.

10 reasons to buy

  • Great shoe for running on roads, track or to run on a treadmill in the gym

  • Tight construction specific to racing and this is why even the manufacturer recommends choosing the shoes half a size bigger

  • Mesh upper construction to maintain a low weight profile which enhances the overall racing feel

  • Dual-density foam support for the entire length of the shoe with extra benefits for overpronators

  • Added stabilizing Torsion system which is highly praised by Adidas fans

  • Supports high arches in racing or high-intensity training

  • Improved Continental rubber on the outsole for added durability

  • The upper is designed with Microsuede fabrics for improved durability

  • Traditional tongue and lacing deeply rooted in the history of the manufacturer but efficient for runners as well

  • Heel pull-tab for added practicality when in a rush

2 reasons why not to buy

  • Small for some users as they are not true to size

  • Limited colors to choose from

Features & Specs

Weight: Moderate
9.5 oz 269 g
37.78% of shoes are lighter
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Weight: Moderate
8.5 oz 241 g
50% of shoes are lighter
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Heel to toe drop: 0
10 mm
43.9% of shoes have less drop
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Heel to toe drop: High
10 mm
44.44% of shoes have less drop
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Heel height: Very Low
26 mm
33.33% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Heel height: Very Low
26 mm
34.38% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Forefoot height: Very Low
16 mm
19.44% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Forefoot height: Very Low
16 mm
21.88% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Outsole

The outsole of the Tempo 9 is up to date with what Adidas has to offer at this moment. Based on Continental materials, the outsole is as durable as the rubber from the tires of a car. But at the same time, this doesn’t prevent the right flexibility, especially in the conditions in which some people might struggle to get the shoes to properly flex for their high arches. With the popular Stretchweb design, the shoes are also among the options which are worth using when it comes to proper traction control, especially in the forefoot.

Midsole

The Boost foam has been used in the midsole of the shoes. Made by compressing TPU pellets, the outsole binds well as a whole and it offers the soft yet rigid feel which is often felt by runners. The midfoot section also features a thermoplastic element. Its role is to stabilize your feet while running. With the added respoEVA sockliner, the shoes are also ready to be worn every day. This prevents bad odors and bacteria in the shoes and it represents a must-have for the dedicated runner.

Upper

The upper is now considerably improved as well. It comes with mesh fabrics and it is quite breathable. It allows your feet to stay cooler even on race day. Made with Adizero webbing, the mesh is durable and it represents a true innovation when it comes to breathability and durability. With traditional lacing, the shoes are also easily adjustable for proper lockdown although you will not need to set them to tight as the shoes are quite tight as well. The heel area is also featuring a pull-tab which might not be the best design from Adidas, but it is a decent solution in this price range.

Updates

The Tempo 9 represents a much-needed upgrade to the series. With a feel of soft cushioning, they are also rigid enough to tackle running on flat surfaces. This makes them a success and an option for beginners who want to train in a racing shoe or for experienced runners who want an affordable racing shoe.

 

The outsole has been considerably improved. If the durability of the outsole was an issue before, the Continental design tackles this in a way which has already been proven on other Adidas sports shoes. Even the Torsion system was improved so that the shoes are now better at controlling all the twisting and bending you need while running.

Size And Fit

The shoes are tight as they are prepared for the racing day. It is even recommended to choose the shoes which are at least half a size bigger and which represent a better solution, especially if you plan to use them for training. Make sure to look at the sizes available for men and women.

Expert Reviews

86.5 / 2 ratings

August, 03.2018 86 / 100 by: Jack Webb

Using the shoes for the past few weeks every day, I like how they feel on every run. Cushioning and durability are worth mentioning. With the help of the dual midsole, they feel really comfortable. Running around the city feels fresh and your feet are less prone to feeling tired with these materials. I also like the solid heel counter. As one of the beefier heel counters, the shoes are actually made to feel great and safe on the feet. While running on the sidewalk or while running in the park, you do not have the slippery sensation you would normally experience with similar shoes.

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July, 25.2018 87 / 100 by: Christian Stone

As one of the shoes which fit great, I like the fact that the shoes can be fully customized with the fit. Unlike some older Adidas shoes, the Tempo 9 are made with solid lacing which can be set to a tight lockdown if needed. The knit fabric of the shoes is great for durability and breathability. At the same time, you can experience a bit of a challenge when trying to clean the shoes, but this is not any different to other knit designs. For most runners, the shoes can prove to be comfortable and durable, which is all that’s actually needed.

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