Within the last few years, the sneaker world has slowly transitioned into more of a comfort over everything. We've seen this change go down especially with all the hype around the BOOST technology and people focusing more on runners rather than basketball sneakers, which was a little more trendy a couple years back. Of course, there is still a large market out there with basketball sneakers, but runners have definitely been making a statement throughout all types of different style groups. Not only are you getting lightweight comfort, but you're also getting different stylish silhouettes from different brands.
I personally am a huge fan of this cozy transition into runners because I live in sneakers 24/7. My comfort rule is: Can I wear them ALL day at Disneyland and be comfortable all day? If they pass the "Disneyland test", they will easily become one of my go-to's.
Although a mass crowd uses all these runners for lifestyle/everyday purposes, there are those few that do use them for running. I've taken the alphaBOUNCE out for runs and let's just say the comfort is definitely there. Compared to the UltraBOOST however, I would definitely choose the ultraBOOST over the alphaBOUNCE for my longer runs because of the coziness from the first mile to the very last. The BOUNCE is exactly what the name is, they are bouncy. They do help you keep a better form while running, but as for me, I feel like they are little too stiff. Whereas the ultraBOOST, it almost feels like it's memory foam on the feet. You feel like you are stepping on clouds.
When I first saw pictures floating around of the alphaBOUNCE, I wasn't too sure how I felt about them. This usually happens when it's a new sneaker silhouette that I know nothing about and it takes a while for them to grow on me. It wasn't until I started seeing images of the sneakers on foot that I decided to give them a try. I prefer these alphaBOUNCE as a lifestyle shoe over a running sneaker, but that's just my personal preference.
I'm not sure if it's just me, but sizing is a little weird on these. I'm typically a women's 8-8.5 and tend to go with a women's 8 when it comes to adidas, but with these alphaBOUNCE, I have to size down to a 7.5 and would honestly probably be able to get away with a women's 7. On the OG pattern ones, I had to go with a kids size 6 because I couldn't find them anywhere, but to my surprise, the 6 fit perfect.
Price point on these is so much more affordable when compared to similar styles. The adidas AlphaBOUNCE start as low as $99.99 and go up to $120 for the XENO pair. I give construction on these two thumbs up! It's surprising how well constructed they are for the price point they're being sold at.
xo, DIANA KAREN
SHOP THE LOOK: ADIDAS ALPHABOUNCE (adidas / finishline)
*Disclaimer* Although two of the pairs were gifted to me, my thoughts and opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.