Back To Basics with the adidas Solarglide

The adidas Solarglide 5 continues to deliver on a trusted formula building consistency in your running


With so much innovation in adidas running shoes over the last two years, the Solarglide is a shoe that keeps to the old school formula for those fans of the traditional, firmer ride.

Intro To Boost 

The silhouette and geometry are a little flatter than newer innovations and are suited to heel striking with just the right amount of midsole makeup to provide a mix of stability with cushioning. For those who have not run in a shoe with adidas Boost, the partial use of this system – along with more traditional EVA – is a great way to introduce your feet and running stride to the feel of Boost. The upper remains consistent with a lot of the adidas running stable with a low volume and lightweight design.

Split Heel

Something almost unique in running shoes is the split heel counter which leaves a space right at the back exposed. You can see in the below image of the shoe’s deconstruction that there is a large section of the heel counter missing. This is perfect for those with a sensitive lower achilles as the pressure is drastically reduced. To compensate, and make sure the heel is still locked in, the counter extends a little further than normal in the direction of the toe. 

The new adidas Solarglide 5 features:

  • Bubble Boost midsole The Bubble Boost midsole consists of hundreds of Boost capsules which are fused together and ready to explode with energy as your bodyweight loads it up with downward pressure and then releases it in the stride. 
  • Control Platform – A full top loaded traditional EVA platform, designed for a smooth transition. 
  • LEP – An evolution of adidas’ torsion system the updated LEP 2.0 fits between the Bubble Boost platform and the Control Platform connecting the two cushioning systems for a smoother ride.

Inclusive Range 

The Solarglide 5 represents an ongoing drive by adidas to create a diverse range of products for both men and women, ensuring each athlete can select the most suitable shoe based on their individual needs. During the development phase, the team behind the shoe conducted a variety of tests to ensure the silhouette of the women’s Solarglide provided the best possible fit for female runners.

Planet Friendly

Innovation can, and should, be used as a solution to help end plastic waste. Today’s products need to be designed with the planet in mind and the adidas Solarglide 5’s Primeblue knit upper is made, in part, with Parley Ocean Plastic. The product consists of yarn which contains at least 50% Parley Ocean Plastic – re-imagined plastic waste, intercepted on remote islands, beaches, coastal communities and shorelines, preventing it from polluting our ocean. The other 50% of the yarn is recycled polyester. 

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