Aerobounce ST is a new shoe from adidas, introduced as an attempt to bring stability to their Aerobounce model, both shoes featuring the brand’s new Bounce midsole.
For the same weight, the old model GT-2000 far surpasses Aerobounce ST in terms of holding my foot secure.
My foot is on the narrow slant of medium in the heel and medium at the ball, with somewhat skeletal toes that taper in-Aerobounce ST fits a med-wide heel and has more toe room than I prefer.
Adidas Aerobounce ST General Info
I’d save both weight and money and go with the 1.2 oz. lighter Aerobounce (no “ST”), for a budget running shoe with a similar medium-width, soft-feel of shoe (see “sole” and “upper” sections for why).
Spending $20 more on the Supernova ST would give you a higher quality midsole material with about .5 oz. additional weight.
In my size (W9.5), Supernova ST is .8oz. heavier, which is significant for me, but the shoe has received higher user ratings than I gave it.
If you have a build that can handle a heavier shoe, and want a more durable, responsive midsole, head to Supernova (regular or ST).
Adidas Aerobounce ST Sole Unit
The Bounce midsole material does not have the “bounce” to it that the brand’s Boost midsole rightly boasts; it fails to impress but IS a lighter material, which makes a difference when a shoe moves to a thicker midsole.
I prefer the benefits of Boost in a thinner midsole, to cut weight, such as in Adizero Tempo 9 and their discontinued Supernova Sequence 9, to this medium-thickness of Bounce foam.
Toward stability, the ST version of Aerobounce adds a Pro-Moderator medial post, for mild overpronators, they say.
My podiatrist with 35 years’ experience working with runners told me that, “almost nobody wears out the inside of heels of their shoes,” so I question the necessity of the change of foam.
Perhaps it assists to combat torsion of the shoe, but I’m not sold on it being more helpful than heavy.
Again, given the similarly of the rest of the shoe, I’d go for the lighter and less expensive non-ST version of this shoe, if you like the flexible fit.
The blown rubber outside performs fine, nothing exceptional good or bad to note in my running with it.
Adidas Aerobounce ST Upper Info
This shoe fits too loose for me to feel it, but its engineered mesh upper provides a comfortable sock-like feel for a med-wide forefoot, with a medium-height toebox.
Adidas utilizes a 3D print method called “haptic print” for the overlays of Aerobounce ST to add light structure to the midfoot, and the shoe moves back into a mediocre heel counter in the heel.
Again, all of this well-suited for those needing a wider fit than you’ll find in most ASICS or Brooks running shoes.
The (regular) Aerobounce is reviewed as carrying a “rigid plastic heel cup” and an otherwise very similar upper, so you will get the same stability from this feature in the lighter shoe.
The sockliner offers a touch more under the arch of the foot than does the Saucony Hurricane ISO – a review of the 4th model to be coming in about a month!
Adidas Aerobounce ST Conclusions
Who else compares their shoes with things found in the kitchen? Everyone?…Anyone? Let’s say that Brooks PureCadence fits like saran wrap; Aerobounce ST is one of those brown grocery bags.
Ok, that’s if you’re picky and exaggerate a bit, but that’s what comes to mind as I run. It’s built for “mild overpronators,” but as this review shows, I think you’ll find more success elsewhere for various reasons to fit various needs. What have you found with the shoe?
We purchased a pair of Adidas Aerobounce ST from runningwarehouse using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.