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Overview

As one of the affordable shoes, Adidas’ Energy Cloud 2 are a solution or runners of all skill levels. But their affordability does not sit in the way of good performance. With an upper mesh design which comes with perforations, they are able to support even the most dedicated runner’s needs. With the help of foam cushioning in the midsole, they are also comfortable to use on the track or when jogging around the city. With proprietary outsole durability, the shoes are an option for all runners who seek performance with affordability.

8 reasons to buy

  • Affordable for a large number of beginner and experienced runners

  • Made with a mesh upper with perforations in key areas to help your feet stay cool

  • Designed with a solid midfoot cage which wraps your foot as you pull the laces for the best lockdown

  • Cushioned Energy Cloud foam to offer support while running

  • Added carbon rubber on the outsole to protect the midsole and to offer good traction across a range of surfaces

  • Blown rubber in the forefoot and midfoot areas to add traction even on slippery surfaces

  • Traditional lacing which is made for durability and the fastest fit for most runners

  • Responsive for most runners who need a natural stride on hard surfaces

 

2 reasons why not to buy

  • The fill is less flexible than some runners would like

  • The outsole can suffer from small rocks which get stuck for short periods of time

Features & Specs

Weight: Heavy
10.6 oz 301 g
66.67% of shoes are lighter
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Weight: Heavy
9.1 oz 257 g
67.5% 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: Low
29 mm
69.44% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Heel height: Low
28 mm
68.75% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Forefoot height: Very Low
19 mm
66.67% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Forefoot height: Very Low
18 mm
46.88% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Outsole

Made with durable carbon rubber, the outsole encompasses the versatility of these shoes. While it is not the best outsole Adidas has manufactured, it offers the right protection for the Boost midsole which means that they can be used for miles. With the added benefit of blown rubber in the forefoot area, the outsole also serves the purpose of added traction on some slippery surfaces which can be encountered around the city or at the gym. But the best performance of the shoes can be seen on roads, where they prove durable as well.

Midsole

With Cloudfoam cushioning, the shoes are among the most interesting full-length choices in their class. The transition from the heel to the toes is great and it supports the most type of neutral pronators. The midsole is designed in such a way that it is also part of the outsole in some places and this makes the shoes quite comfortable.

Upper

The upper comes with the minimalistic approach which is often seen in such mesh designs. But with enhanced breathability, you also get the chance to use them in various environments where you would struggle with cool air, such as when running indoors or when running out in the sun. With a midfoot support cage, the upper also allows proper foot lockdown. When you add the stiff heel counter, you get a shoe which is made for durability and breathability, without being necessarily the most flexible option in the class.

Updates

Generally speaking, affordable shoes are often the ones which can offer the most versatility. This is certainly the case with the Energy Cloud 2. In many cases, the combination of breathability and proper traction can be enough for a good running experience.

 

There are a few notable upgrades with the shoes which might make you consider them as your daily driver. They are made with a very breathable mesh material which enhances proper ventilation in the key areas of the foot.

The foam of the midsole is also new. It is now softer and it represents the foundation for a pleasant running experience, even when you are actually running on concrete. It also works well with the carbon rubber outsole which has the needed traction to stay in control while running.

The midfoot cage support has also been improved. If you like to sprint, then this will ensure the shoes will not actually wobble on your feet, especially since you can use the laces to set your own lockdown preferences.

Size And Fit

Made true to size, the shoes fit well for the average feet. Heel security is especially praised but it’s also worth noting that not all runners will like the roomier feel of the forefoot, especially if they come from sock-like shoes.

Expert Reviews

91 / 2 ratings

August, 01.2018 92 / 100 by: Christian Stone

With a flexible design, the road running shoe can be a daily solution for many runners. The flexibility of the shoe is partly based on the soft air mesh which is great for most types of weather. But even with and thin materials, there is plenty of comfort in key areas, such as the heel and the ankle which are made with extra padding. The extended heel point feels great for comfort as well, especially as it is paired with the low drop ankle point. Underfoot cushioning is great as well and it feels similar to other modern Adidas shoes using the Ortholite insole.

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July, 13.2018 90 / 100 by: Connor Fox

I could not pass by the shoes when I first saw them. While they are not at the same level as my Ultraboost shoes, they are more affordable. Running is easy with the shoes and you get all you expect from this category such as the mesh materials. The footbed is dominated by foam and rubber which covers the entire surface of the outsole. The shoes are responsive with plenty of grip and while the fit is not the most exact from Adidas, it works well for the neutral runner.

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