Can a shoe make you run faster? In the case of the adidas adipure Crazyquick running shoe, the answer very well may be 'yes'. Or at least it is the answer for me and Mrs. Manifesto. Running in the Crazyquick has indeed made us quite a bit faster than we were beforehand. My first training session in the shoes I ran a fairly quick (for me, which really isn't 'quick') 5 km. The second time I wore them I broke my personal best in the 10k by three (!!) minutes. Then I broke it again by a minute and a half. These shoes really are 'crazyquick'.
Part of the quickness is due to the lightness of the sneaker, which thankfully also provides plenty of support. They also prove to be a comfortable, snug fit. I've tried them out on all types of surfaces (pavement, gravel, dirt, etc. - but surprisingly, considering I'm Canadian, no snow) with no loss in comfort, support, or traction. And, being vain as I am, I love the look of them.
Here's some tech info from adidas:
Upper: Techfit upper provides a never-before-possible,sock-like fit with traditional overlays and mesh. 2nd skin forefoot layer aligns with the foot’s natural motion.
Inlay: Molded EVA sockliner for comfort.
Midsole: Articulated EVA midsole allowing natural flexibility in the foot. PUREMOTION enhances the foot’s natural stability system, unleashing the athlete’s potential.
Outsole: Decoupled outsole allows lateral movement of the foot for optimal quickness. ADIWEAR for the best durability in high-wear areas.
Now, some words from the lovely and talented Mrs. Manifesto, who has been using the shoes not just for running, but also for intense training for the various adventure runs she goes in:
I am loving the look, feel and performance of the adipure Crazyquick running shoes.
I tend towards a more stability framed shoe and wondered if the Crazyquicks could provide enough support for my runs. The upper is light and breathable and almost feels like you are not wearing a shoe at all, while under foot you are provided with just the right amount of support and cushioning between skin and asphalt (the majority of my running is on roads rather than trails). First run out I beat my usual per km pace by just over 40 seconds.
The flexibility of the sole brings ease to obstacle training exercises like planking, climbing and bear crawls and I noticed immediately how comfortable the seamless design is when doing exercises where the top and sides of my foot were on the ground - there are absolutely no pressure points.
Note: For those runners that normally use the extra lace hole at the top of the shoe to prevent heel slippage using a loop lacing lock be warned the Crazyquicks do not have this extra lace hole. This is easily remedied by looping the lace in and out of the top hole and creating a similar locking tie.