The New Adidas Adizero Pro Evo 1 Is The Lightest Super-Shoe Ever, And The Most Expensive

Pair of Adidas Adizero Pro Evo 1 on Tarmac

The super-shoe era has seen the best carbon plate running shoes completely replace traditional racing flats for runners tackling events of any distance. Super-shoes like the Nike Vaporfly are better than flats in pretty much every way, being more cushioned and propulsive thanks to new foams and carbon plates.

One thing racing flat purists could point to, however, was that their minimal shoes were lighter than high-stack super shoes. Not anymore. Adidas has just announced the Adidas Adizero Pro Evo 1, which weighs just 138g (4.86oz), despite having a stack height of 39mm at the heel and 33mm at the forefoot. That’s the lightest carbon super-shoe I’ve ever heard of, and I’ve tested most of them. Few super-shoes weigh less than 200g in my UK size 9, with notable exceptions being the Skechers GoRun Speed Elite Hyper (6.3oz/180g) and New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Pacer (7oz/199g)

To achieve this Adidas looked at every aspect of the existing racing shoes in its range, like the Adidas Adizero Pro 3, which until now was the top pick for its elites. The Pro Evo 1 has a lighter upper, a new outsole design which again saves weight, and uses a new version of Adidas’s Lightstrike Pro that’s lighter, but also provides greater energy return.

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Adidas has also removed the sock liner from the shoe to save weight, but it still seems to have some version of the brand’s EnergyRods system to create a propulsive ride. The rods weren’t mentioned at the launch of the shoe but do appear in imagery showing the components involved.

Adidas Adizero Pro Evo 1 components flat lay

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The Pro Evo 1 also has a forefoot rocker that starts further back than in other shoes, which Adidas says helps to improve running economy. The shoe has a 6mm drop.

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