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Really nice shoe for the mid-range price point,
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This review is from: adidas Men's Response Trainer Cross Training Shoe (Apparel)
There's nothing really fancy about this shoe, but I think that's part of its allure.
You get the "adidaprene" in the heel to cushion impact and the "torsion" to stabilize the midfoot, which seem to function well.
These are cross trainers in the purest sense of the word. Their design inside and out is with a mind to movement in different directions and potentially quick shifting. In that respect, they provide great stability for aerobic exercise, stretching and plyometrics. In these more "aerobic" contexts, they eliminate the wobbliness of pure running shoes, which are designed primarily for forward movement. They are also much lighter than other types of shoes designed for support in multi-directional movement like basketball or tennis shoes.
Also, I need to make a special note for the the velcro strap in front. Yes, it looks goofy. It totally messes with the shoe's otherwise clean and smooth appearance. However, if you're doing serious side to side movements, as in plyometrics or more hardcore cardio, it is awesome. Properly adjusted, it works wonders for keeping the forefoot in place.
A word of warning that these shoes, like many from adidas, do run a little narrow in the middle. It's nice for keeping your foot in place, but might require an additional 1/2 size if you have thicker, Fred-Flintstone/Giant-sized-hobbit feet like me.
Another word of warning: these are NOT running shoes and are most definitely not hiking shoes. They are a multi-purpose shoe designed to accommodate movement in different directions on mostly smooth surfaces. By looking at the tread, you can tell it's not designed to grip on gravel, mud, dirt and/or grass. Two to three miles on nice sidewalks or asphalt maybe, but if you plan on running more on a regular basis, get a pair of real running shoes. If you're heck-bent on getting a pair of adidas, I recommend the Marathon 10 for a nice running shoe at the mid-range price point. See [...]
Getting back to the featured shoe, in sum, they do very well at what they were designed to do, i.e. as an all-around workout shoe - aerobics, plyo, cardio drills, weights. That is really how they should be measured and I would therefore recommend them for those purposes.