Adidas Supernova Glide 8

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Adidas is a sports company that doesn’t need much introduction since even the birds on the trees are familiar with the three stripes design logo, and the Trefoil branding. Adidas footwear and apparel reach every possible sport, and the innovative and advanced models are insolently challenging other designs. But this pompous dominance on the market isn’t void, the company has long been investing a lot in their research and development team which in turn has produced some of the most outstanding, game-enhancing designs.

Such is the lineup of Adidas Supernova Glide, a model that was initially launched back in 2011, and which has marked a new era for the company’s running shoe models. As this design integrates a technology that up until then hadn’t been as developed as it is now, it was an all-new model that spiked the interest among runners. And, we say runners since this model has been advertised as a running shoe and it was made predominantly to meet the needs of runners. 

However, thanks to its wider design and comfortable feel, many other athletes from different sports have put their trust in them, among whom golfers as well. Actually, this model has been so popular, that from the initial Supernova Glide original model, this year the company has launched the Adidas Supernova Glide 9, the ninth generation of succeeding model update. 

And, if you are contemplating over the name of this model, and the reason why Adidas decided to give this model a name of an astronomic phenomenon, well, we need to remind you what Supernova is. When there’s a stellar explosion, there’s a burst of radiation that has as much energy as the sun can produce in 10 billion years. Well, the sneakers might not give you extra energy, but they can help you feel your own energy explosion once you put them on. And, the fact that their popularity never ceases, definitely confirms that there’s something about them that makes them unique. 

We wanted to know how they perform, and why the Adidas Supernova Glide can be your next choice, so read below about their technology, the way they are made, and what reviewers say about them. 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Engineered mesh, synthetic leather, and inner sleeve

Compression-molded EVA midsole with proprietary Boost foam, and plastic midfoot shank

Continental rubber outsole

Moisture-wicking material that dries fast

Breathable mesh panels that allow maximum airflow

Several color varieties

Cons

There is only one width option

The First Release

The original Supernova Glide was launched in 2011, and it was an immediate success. Even though it wasn’t as refined as the latest version, at least taken from an aesthetic point of view, it was the model that introduced new technologies developed by Adidas, and its sales spiked. It was also the model that could be the most golf appropriate since the outsole featured more traction and grip, a feature that is especially valued by golfers.

In addition to the superior outsole, this model featured the patented adiPrene midsole which delivers the most flexible and lightweight cushioning which protects and guides the feet and promotes better movement. The removable insole was also cushioned and delivered extra fit and comfort in addition to the padded tongue and collar. The upper was made with synthetic and leather overlays which enhance the durability and stability, while the mesh was extremely breathable and prevented overheating. Another cool feature that was introduced in this model was the moisture-wicking fabric lining which had the capacity to absorb the extra sweating so that your feet could stay dry and fresh.

These very the basic features, and the very beginnings of the Adidas Supernova Glide. As we said, each new season, the model has been upgraded and brought to perfection, and even though most of the technologies are mainly the same, they differ aesthetically and in the use of subtle details. For the purposes of this review, we are going to focus on the Adidas Supernova Glide 8 model which represents the crossroad of the absolute running shoe perfection, and the epitome of harmony between soft and firm, and comfort and support.

General Description

The Adidas Supernova Glide was voted multiple times to be the best running shoe by multiple magazines and sites, in addition to buyers’ opinions and reviews. It is a model that is packed with multiple technologies, all of them recently developed. These technologies have been integrated to provide ultimate balance, breathability, support, and energy return. They are training shoes that not only runners but many other athletes have gladly picked, and the reason is seen solely in their construction and the use of materials.

Before we talk even further, let’s remind you what the greatest game-changer in Adidas sneakers was back in 2012. The company has completely reshaped and redesigned their approach to the sport by considering and selecting materials and technologies that delivered not only comfort, but they literally help the wearer to get the most of his/her potential. So, the game-changer for Adidas was the Energy Boost technology that created the midsole of the sneaker from compression-molded EVA rim, supported by foam and plastic midfoot shank. And, of course, as this midsole has proven to work the best, it is part of the Supernova Glide 8.

The rest of the shoe is just a modification of their previous designs, but in the best possible manner from the moisture-wicking liner to breathable mesh and synthetics and the incredible foot support. So, below we go into details of all the components that constitute this model and make it so loved by athletes out there.

Midsole Design

There’s a world of difference between non-Boost and Boost models, and the source of the difference originates from the midsole, the material and the way it is produced. The Boost midsole features compressed EVA foam which is nothing new in premium models, however, Adidas did some tricks to optimize its performance by adding some stabilizing components to deliver stability and cushioning. The stability is achieved by the firm EVA rim and enough foam so that the shoe feels neither too soft not too firm, and that is what matters the most, doesn’t it?

Upper Design

If you are not so much into Adidas running shoes, you’ll have a hard time telling the difference among the previous Supernova Glide models and the Glide 8 as they do resemble one another. It is not hard to guess the reason for keeping a similar design, as that is something that has worked for years and made the model very successful on the market. However, if you are an Adidas follower, closely observing their releases, then you’d expect some changes, as, after all, new releases are all about presenting newly developed changes.

What's New?

The Adidas Supernova Glide 8 seems to be a continuation of the previous generation, but with some added features to notify that there are some improvements. The front part of the upper represents a blend of fused synthetic leather panels and engineered mesh. One of the upgrades can be found in the mesh, which is more flexible, with much more squeeze, thanks to the springy yarns that are integrated in-between the two layers. The layer which is on the top represents a combination of dense knit structures that are vented, while the lower layer represents the inner lining. These layers are connected by yarns which make the mesh more voluminous and sponge-like, and this design delivers support and ventilation at the same time.

As we move along the upper, we get to the midfoot panels which feature molded details covered with synthetic leather and lacing which makes the Adidas logo look doubled. Next, come the three stripes which are highly reflective and when you just think that the heel insert is also reflective, the Adidas Supernova Glide becomes an excellent night running shoe.

When running or doing any sport, if the tongue isn’t properly positioned, it can be a cause for discomfort and annoyance, so Adidas made sure that this won’t be an issue with this model. The inside part of the tongue area features a half gusset that positions the tongue in the right place. The tongue has a flap with the Adidas logo and it can work well for better managing the laces.

Regarding the Achilles area, it has more of a ‘lip’ design rather than the traditional one because of the curves inside. However, it delivers maximum comfort and this design is considered to be much better for those people who often suffer from blisters.
Another slight change that is noticeable in this model is the wider toa area that is a rarity among running shoes, but this is one of the features that make it a choice for other sports as well. However, this model is offered in one single-width and that’s what Adidas needs to work on.

Insole

You know that the Adidas Supernova Glide is all about energy return and providing maximum performance with less effort than you would normally need. Most of this energy return comes from the midsole and the insole. We have already talked about the midsole design, so let's take a look at the insole.

The support insole is made from very thick, compression-molded EVA foam which works in synchronization with the midsole. The upper part of the sock liner is made from a very smooth material that is soft and moisture-wicking at the same time. It doesn’t retain moisture and it dries very quickly. The insole is removable and it can be easily replaced, removed and even washed individually.

Grip and Traction

The reason why we have decided to review the Adidas Supernova Glide is the fact that it has been named several times the best-running shoe. And among the other things that we have just reviewed, it is the practically indestructible outsole that makes it one of the best. It is made from Continental rubber which can last for over 1000 miles.

The grip and the traction of the outsole are on a very decent level, outstanding for runners and acceptable even for golfers. We mentioned that golfers love it and obviously, the good level of traction is the reason why. Mind you though that these aren’t spikeless golf shoes, so aren’t very suitable for wet turf conditions.

Comfort

If you are about to spend hours in your shoes, then, the first thing you’ll look for is the comfort and stability in the shoes. Runners who run long distances need the reassurance that their feet won’t get swollen, bruised or blistered because of the shoes they wear. Even golfers who spend four to six hours on the course would only pick shoes that will provide maximum comfort, balance, and stability.

Thanks to the wider toe box and the EVA rim with the Boost foam, this shoe is one of the most comfortable and relaxing. So, if you are looking for comfort, then this is the shoe that will stand up to your expectations.

Key Features

From the detailed review of the Adidas Supernova Glide 8, it is more than understandable why this model has created so much fuss and why Adidas has kept to it for such a long time. The unprecedented midsole EVA rim Boost foam and the EVA foam insole deliver maximum comfort, while the larger toe-box allows you to have more space and comfort in the toe area. The extreme breathability and moisture-wicking properties of the material used, make it suitable for different weather conditions.

Key Features

  • Engineered mesh, synthetic leather, and inner sleeve

  • The midsole is made from compression-molded EVA, boost foam, and plastic midfoot shank

  • The outsole is made from Continental rubber and it is one of the most durable on the market

  • Moisture-wicking material that dries fast

  • Breathable mesh panels that allow maximum airflow

  • Several color varieties

Bottom Line

The Adidas Supernova Glide is a model that is packed with the latest Adidas technologies and which offers reliable performance and unprecedented quality. The energy-boosting system has proven to be very effective and runners have found the outsole to be almost indestructible. This model was named the best running shoe many times and everyone who has had the change to perform with it has given it a very high ranking.