The Adidas Aerobounce ST Is a Road Shoe You Can Take to the Trails


Adidas Aerobounce ST

Matt Rainey

Price: $110
Type: Road
Weight: 10.7 oz (M), 8.9 oz (W)
The Right Shoe For: Road warriors who like to venture off into rugged territory

The Aerobounce ST is a member of Adidas’ Bounce line, the name referring to the medium-cushioned midsole that gives you a little spring in your step without weighing you down on a run. It’s lighter than other Adidas stability shoes, yet slightly bulky (“heavy” was a popular word in our testers’ comments).

In spite of its heft, the shoe is dynamic enough to transition from road to trail, as a couple of our testers have tried out. The upper is surprisingly durable despite the sock-like mesh, and the outsole has good traction for rocky and wet surfaces.

Adidas Aerobounce ST

Matt Rainey

This soft and comfortable shoe is “not as stiff in the heel” as the Supernova ST, says one long-time Adidas wearer. Wide-foot runners will favor the shoe for its roomy fit, while others may want to go a size down.

The Aerobounce ST is a solid pick for the runner who needs extra room and stability, and doesn’t mind a little weight if that translates to a cushiony ride.

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Midsole

A popular praise—or complaint—was the shoe’s wide platform. Wide-foot runners appreciated the roominess of the shoe, while others figured they’d have a better fit if they went a size down. One tester with hammer toe appreciated the ample room in the toe box. In either case, our testers found that the shoe delivered sufficient cushioning, even though testing at the RW Shoe Lab showed it to be on the firmer side.

Outsole

The Aerobounce ST’s outsole provides good traction, even on wet surfaces. While it’s designed to be used on roads, the shoe can transition to trail thanks to diamond-shaped patches of rubber that hold tight on rocks and angled surfaces.

Adidas Aerobounce ST

Matt Rainey

Upper

Comments were mixed on the mesh upper, with one tester favoring how the Aerobounce ST kept their foot secure and provided breathability after a long run, while another tester said the shoe was “not as breathable as I would have liked.” In any case, it uses an engineered mesh that delivers a secure fit without the use of any additional overlays in the forefoot, while a printed pattern over the mesh at the midfoot boosts support.

All the Stats You Need!

Men’s

  • Weight: Very Heavy | 10.7 oz
  • Heel-To-Toe-Drop: High | 9.9 mm
  • Heel Height: Moderate | 29.5 mm
  • Heel Cushioning: Very Firm
  • Forefoot Height: Moderate | 19.6 mm
  • Forefoot Cushioning: Very Firm
  • Flexibility: Very Stiff
  • Stability Features: More
  • Energy Return: Moderate

    Women’s

    • Weight: Very Heavy | 8.9 oz
    • Heel-To-Toe-Drop: High | 9.8 mm
    • Heel Height: Moderate | 29.2 mm
    • Heel Cushioning: Firm
    • Forefoot Height: Moderate | 19.4 mm
    • Forefoot Cushioning: Firm
    • Flexibility: Very Stiff
    • Stability Features: More
    • Energy Return: Moderate

      We put each shoe through real-world usage and a battery of mechanical tests in our lab to provide you with objective—and exclusive—data. In addition to measuring a shoe’s weight, we measure sole thickness (everything that sits between your foot and the road), how well the foam cushions your stride, and the flexibility of the forefoot. All this is taken into account in our reviews of each shoe.

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