The supernova definitely has less attenuation than I’m used to; Like I said, I could feel my feet bond more closely to the sidewalk. This became particularly evident during my longer term. This feeling isn’t bad if you’re working at speed and light-footed – but I tend to take shorter strides and I might feel my shins have more impact than if I’m wearing a cushioned shoe. This effect on my legs made me wonder if I would trust this shoe to support myself during a 13.1 mile race, for example.
As for the fartlek (I love saying that word out loud!), A whole different story. I only ran about 12 minutes in total. Since I kept changing my pace, going from moderate to light and then changing super fast, I didn̵
How my body felt during and after the activity
I pointed this out above, but during my lengthy run I could feel my shin absorbing the impact of my steps more than if I was wearing extra padded shoes. This annoying “pain” – it didn’t really hurt, just felt like a precursor to eventual pain – appeared about 1.5 miles in my 5k run. It did not last long also long but it worried me about what would happen if I actually wore these shoes for something like a 10K. When I got home and massaged my lower body everything felt fine; and the next day I didn’t feel anything shaky.
Company’s right of return
If you read my review try the shoes for yourself and don’t think it’s for you, don’t worry. You have up to 30 days to try them out and receive a full refund. When making an exchange, you can only exchange the same item for a different size in the same color. If you’d like a different product, you’ll need to return what you currently have for a full refund and then place a brand new order.
Unless you’re buying directly from the brand, be sure to check the return and exchange policies of the retailer you choose.
The bottom line
I can’t say these would be my daily running shoes. The Adidas Supernova look elegant and definitely have a striking color. However, they are best for fast runs and shorter distances.
And to be honest, that’s perfectly fine with me. I strongly believe that you should have different shoes for different types of training runs. While I would go for something with more cushioning for long distances, I would definitely use the Adidas Supernovas for short interval runs, sprints or – my personal favorites – Fartleks.