Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$70
Weight
Men: 6.9oz
Women: 6oz
Width
Men: normal
Women: normal
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most customers admired the light weight of the Adidas Element Refine Tricot.
  • The runners mentioned that the shoe felt really soft and smooth against their skin.
  • The users also lauded the snug fit of the shoe since it prevented the sliding of the foot inside the shoe.
  • A few fashion lovers praised the aesthetic look of the shoe.
  • The shoe is available in several color schemes and such an inclusion got positive feedback.
  • A runner thought that the shoes were great for running; he ran over 10 miles per day and observed that it was efficient.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few people mentioned that the shoe, being minimalist in its design, did not provide enough support for running.
  • A purchaser found these shoes a little too tight around the toe box.
  • For a user, the shoes wore off after only 2 months of running.
  • A runner found the shoe’s mid-sole construction a bit inadequate for longer sessions of running.

Bottom line

Adidas Element Refine Tricot is a lightweight, neutral running shoe made for runners who prefer a minimalist design and a sock-like fit for their feet. The shoe is made of durable materials and, in addition to providing the needed comfort, ensures a good responsive ride for the runners. It is available in many colors, so it potentially satisfies the fashion urge, as well.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 89 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
19%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
1%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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81 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by NOBA TECH • Jerry • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the shoe is not very grippy I'd say but it's incredibly comfortable and incredibly light weight

  • 85 / 100 by Ava Haiva • Ava Haiva • Level 1 expert

    I really feel like I'm floating on air when I wear them.

  • 80 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • The Running Shoe Review • Level 3 expert

    ...the Adidas Element Refine still promises to be a superb minimal shoe, and offers something slightly different.

  • 80 / 100 by good4theSOLE • good4theSOLE • Level 1 expert

    The traction on the bottom is kinda lame; it doesn't give you much; it's almost smooth; doesn't feel like there are ridges or anything but being a minimal shoe it is light, which is amazing.

  • 80 / 100 by Desert Garage • Desert Garage • Level 1 expert

    At first it was kind of a little bit stiff; then it softened up to the exact form of my foot.

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Updates to Adidas Element Refine Tricot

The best feature of the Adidas Element Refine Tricot is that it, being a part of the Better Place Program, has been partially produced using recyclable materials.

The EVA material and the Flex Grooves on its outsole ensure maximum flexibility and optimal traction on the asphalt.

The EVA layer, combined with the integrated sock-liner, results in a very comfortable and durable midsole for the runners.

Its highly ventilated knitted mesh material makes this shoe very breathable. It wicks off the sweat and dries any moisture instantly, thus maintaining a healthy environment for the runner.

Adidas Element Refine Tricot size and fit

The Adidas Element Refine Tricot features a minimalist design, it comes out in the standard running length and has the standard width of D and B for men and women respectively. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural curve of the human foot.

Outsole

Adidas Element Tricot Refine has the ‘Super-grippy EVA outsole’ which boasts an optimal combination of comfortability, traction, and long-term durability. This one piece outsole provides enhanced crushing and gripping properties for the runners.

The design is further improved by the provision of Flex Grooves, which allow natural flexing of the foot during the running session.

Midsole

The Ethyl Vinyl Acetate or EVA midsole ensures high protection against abrasion and excessive wear over long durations of time. This simple material, owing to its brilliant impact and stress resistance properties, adds to the shoe’s durability and ensures pleasant rides for its users.

The shoe also has the integrated sock liner, which ensures added comfort for the users, natural movement of the foot and more foundation for the shoe’s structure.

Upper

The lightweight and breathable knitted mesh or tricot allows maximum air circulation and a regulated environment for the foot at all times. Made from recycled materials, this material is still able to ensure instant cooling and drying of the foot, even when used for all-day activities.

This shoe also features the 3-stripes design, which is found in the mid-foot section. These stripes enhance the aesthetic look of the shoe, but they also assist the main fabric in hugging the foot snugly.