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Adidas Futurecraft 4D Review

Adidas Futurecraft 4D Shoes

Adidas Futurecraft 4D Shoes

Pros

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D has a very futuristic vibe and look to it. With a midsole created with an advanced 3-D printing technique, it is also highly functional, extremely comfortable, and delivers a great energy return with every step you take. This shoe has awesome springiness, provides good stability and is very breathable.

Cons

This is an expensive shoe that may be beyond the price range of casual runners. It certainly has features that warrant the extra hundred or so dollars that you’ll pay for it but, unless you are a dedicated runner, you may not reap the benefits that come from the extra cost. The sizing of this shoe is not true to fit because the lattice midsole is not as stretchy as it could be. As a result you should go up a half size when ordering.

Bottom Line

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D is the latest iteration of their ground-breaking 3-D printed midsole running shoe which was introduced in 2016. Over the last 5 years, Adidas has refined this technology to produce an extremely impressive, futuristic and functional running shoe. It’s an expensive item, but if you are serious about your running, you will find that the cushioning, comfort, performance boost, and stability provided are well worth it.

Adidas Futurecraft 4D Overview

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D was first announced in 2017 where it made headlines as the most futuristic running shoe ever created. It even made Time magazine’s list of the top 25 inventions of that year. In 2017 Adidas released only 300 pairs to family and friends. The official limited release came in early 2018 with just 5000 pairs released globally with an original cost of $300. In March of 2021 the restock release was made and the revamped shoe is now available at outlets everywhere at a lower price of $220.

Adidas 4D Upper

The upper of the Adidas 4D is prime knit and colored all black. There are plenty of perforations throughout the upper to provide a high level of breathability. The upper is surprisingly soft to the touch and is made of one piece that wraps around the entire shoe. The only seam is a clean line up the heel of the shoe. This provides a very clean, simple look that complements the futuristic looking midsole.

Low angle of powerful multiracial friends in sportswear running fast like wearing adidas futurecraft 4d.
Plenty Of Perforations Throughout The Upper To Provide Breathability (Image Source: Shutterstock)

A key feature of the upper is its high level of stretchability, especially around the toe box. The shoe features flat black laces and the tongue of the Futurecraft 4D is actually built into the upper. This ensures that the tongue stays in places rather than annoyingly moving out of position when you are running. The Adidas logo features on the top of the tongue.

Adidas 4D Midsole

The 4D midsole is the key point of difference with this shoe. It is printed from resin by a California based company called Carbon. The look of the midsole is very different to the long running Signature Boost midsole profile that Adidas has been featuring for a long time. This latest version of the 4D midsole features a cool lattice work design. This iteration is softer and more comfortable than the original 2018 version.

Athletic woman running outdoors.
Printed From Resin By A California Based Company Called Carbon (Image Source: Shutterstock)

The iconic Adidas 3 stripes are featured on each side of the shoe in an understated grey tone. These, along with the Adidas logo on the tongue of the shoe, are reflective.

Adidas 4D Sole

The bottom of this shoe comprises a full-length Continental outsole that is quite grippy thanks to its grippy protrusions. There are a number of versions of the 4D that feature different sole patterns but the tip of the toe always features the Adidas logo. The insole of this shoe has also been updated. It is black on the top and white on the bottom and is quite flexible.

Performance

The simplicity of the 4D sole belies the performance and comfort that it provides. The shoe is extremely comfortable, with strategic padding throughout. It has an extremely breathable upper and is very lightweight. The latest version of the 4D lattice is springier and more reflexive than anything that has come before it. When you first run in this shoe, you will feel as close to running on the moon as you will get without going into orbit. The extra propulsion that this affords will also allow you to keep going when you would otherwise have stopped.

Marathon running in the light of evening.
You Will Feel As Close To Running On The Moon (Image Source: Shutterstock)

The inside of the shoe feels light and free. The attached tongue makes the shoe feel less restrictive than many competing shoes. At the same time, you get a snug, comfy fit that feels locked in and ready to run.

What’s Not So Good

There are not very many things to dislike about the Adidas Futurecraft 4D. One potential problem is that the shoe does not really fit to size. That’s because the midsole can feel a little tight. The prime knit on the 4D is not as stretchable as the midsole on the UltraBoost. As a result, you should probably opt for a half size bigger than your actual shoe size. If you go to a full size larger, your toe area will be too great. If possible, try the shoe on in the store to get the best fit for you.

The Aidias 4D is an expensive shoe, with a recommended retail of $220. This is about $80 less than the original 2018 release, but still about a hundred dollars more than you may be used to paying. If you are after a less expensive runner that still performs, check out the Skechers Men’s Go Run Fast Valor.

Final Thoughts

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D combines aesthetic style, minimalism, and high performance into a package that makes this an impressive running shoe. The springiness and comfort level are ideal to prevent running injuries such as shin splints. Adidas Futurecraft 4D is a versatile runner which you can wear as a casual shoe, for your running exercises, and for your long trail runs.

The latest release of the Futurecraft 4D is about $80 less expensive than the original offering. However, it is still an expensive shoe. Largely due to its initial scarcity, many people will want to grab a pair as a collector’s item. But don’t be fooled by the simple silhouette of this shoe, it is a premium performer and may be worth the extra cost for many serious runners.

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Adidas Futurecraft 4D Overview

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D was first announced in 2017 where it made headlines as the most futuristic running shoe ever created. It even made Time magazine’s list of the top 25 inventions of that year. In 2017 Adidas released only 300 pairs to family and friends. The official limited release came in early 2018 with just 5000 pairs released globally with an original cost of $300. In March of 2021 the restock release was made and the revamped shoe is now available at outlets everywhere at a lower price of $220.

Adidas 4D Upper

The upper of the Adidas 4D is prime knit and colored all black. There are plenty of perforations throughout the upper to provide a high level of breathability. The upper is surprisingly soft to the touch and is made of one piece that wraps around the entire shoe. The only seam is a clean line up the heel of the shoe. This provides a very clean, simple look that complements the futuristic looking midsole.

Low angle of powerful multiracial friends in sportswear running fast like wearing adidas futurecraft 4d.
Plenty Of Perforations Throughout The Upper To Provide Breathability (Image Source: Shutterstock)

A key feature of the upper is its high level of stretchability, especially around the toe box. The shoe features flat black laces and the tongue of the Futurecraft 4D is actually built into the upper. This ensures that the tongue stays in places rather than annoyingly moving out of position when you are running. The Adidas logo features on the top of the tongue.

Adidas 4D Midsole

The 4D midsole is the key point of difference with this shoe. It is printed from resin by a California based company called Carbon. The look of the midsole is very different to the long running Signature Boost midsole profile that Adidas has been featuring for a long time. This latest version of the 4D midsole features a cool lattice work design. This iteration is softer and more comfortable than the original 2018 version.

Athletic woman running outdoors.
Printed From Resin By A California Based Company Called Carbon (Image Source: Shutterstock)

The iconic Adidas 3 stripes are featured on each side of the shoe in an understated grey tone. These, along with the Adidas logo on the tongue of the shoe, are reflective.

Adidas 4D Sole

The bottom of this shoe comprises a full-length Continental outsole that is quite grippy thanks to its grippy protrusions. There are a number of versions of the 4D that feature different sole patterns but the tip of the toe always features the Adidas logo. The insole of this shoe has also been updated. It is black on the top and white on the bottom and is quite flexible.

Performance

The simplicity of the 4D sole belies the performance and comfort that it provides. The shoe is extremely comfortable, with strategic padding throughout. It has an extremely breathable upper and is very lightweight. The latest version of the 4D lattice is springier and more reflexive than anything that has come before it. When you first run in this shoe, you will feel as close to running on the moon as you will get without going into orbit. The extra propulsion that this affords will also allow you to keep going when you would otherwise have stopped.

Marathon running in the light of evening.
You Will Feel As Close To Running On The Moon (Image Source: Shutterstock)

The inside of the shoe feels light and free. The attached tongue makes the shoe feel less restrictive than many competing shoes. At the same time, you get a snug, comfy fit that feels locked in and ready to run.

What’s Not So Good

There are not very many things to dislike about the Adidas Futurecraft 4D. One potential problem is that the shoe does not really fit to size. That’s because the midsole can feel a little tight. The prime knit on the 4D is not as stretchable as the midsole on the UltraBoost. As a result, you should probably opt for a half size bigger than your actual shoe size. If you go to a full size larger, your toe area will be too great. If possible, try the shoe on in the store to get the best fit for you.

The Aidias 4D is an expensive shoe, with a recommended retail of $220. This is about $80 less than the original 2018 release, but still about a hundred dollars more than you may be used to paying. If you are after a less expensive runner that still performs, check out the Skechers Men’s Go Run Fast Valor.

Final Thoughts

The Adidas Futurecraft 4D combines aesthetic style, minimalism, and high performance into a package that makes this an impressive running shoe. The springiness and comfort level are ideal to prevent running injuries such as shin splints. Adidas Futurecraft 4D is a versatile runner which you can wear as a casual shoe, for your running exercises, and for your long trail runs.

The latest release of the Futurecraft 4D is about $80 less expensive than the original offering. However, it is still an expensive shoe. Largely due to its initial scarcity, many people will want to grab a pair as a collector’s item. But don’t be fooled by the simple silhouette of this shoe, it is a premium performer and may be worth the extra cost for many serious runners.

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By Corey Lewis, CPT, CSCS

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