The sneaker game has exploded over the past few decades. You can either credit Michael Jordan or not, but the Jordan brand has had a huge influence. One competitor for decades to Nike has been Adidas. A few years back they came out with the NMD’s which took over the sneaker game by storm. I remember them being out of stock, with limited releases, and even jacked up prices depending on style and colorway.
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Today I want to share my review on another sneaker released by Adidas, the Lite Racer Adapt. I’m sure you might be wondering why I would review a sneaker that isn’t in high demand like a Jordan branded item, Nike Roshe’s, or NMD’s. Well, the reason being is other than the NMD’s, this is actually my favorite daily wear sneaker. Not only do I own a couple of pairs, but I literally wear either one of the two I own out almost every day (unless I’m headed to somewhere fancy). Granted these days we aren’t going out as much as we used to but this sneaker is still serviceable for basic use.
The design of this sneaker is very basic. Mesh with a stretchable strap and an extended tongue allow for you to easily slip this on when in a rush. Even though the sneaker looks narrow, it is pretty wide. I’m flat-footed and have wide feet. This product actually does not give me a problem at all. Even the outstretched brand name isn’t fashionably horrendous. It actually allows for this product to have some identity. A smaller detail is the white sole protecting the front of the sneaker. It is very easy for mesh to tear especially in the front. And if not tear, it is very easy for mesh to get stained or damaged. By having the rubber of the sole come out in the front just even that small bit is excellent in my opinion.
It’s interesting how Adidas also throws a subtle 3 stripes on the back in gray. This is an excellent small design aspect I appreciate. The sole of this sneaker is on the larger side. For those of you who put the majority of their weight on the soles of their feet, this is an excellent product (initially to help with that). Over time though you will see wear and tear on that end which make sense. I also enjoy the tread on this. No, you won’t be able to grip any and every terrain, but you can for sure get by with this sneaker.
Something that has been trending for a while is the weight of sneakers. This sneaker is pretty light weight and doesn’t make you feel like you are lugging around cinder blocks. Granted these aren’t for running, they still do a wonderful job to provide support, comfort, and style.
The Lite Racer shines when it comes to different color options. One that isn’t pictured is an Olive color which I have. Unfortunately it wasn’t shown on the site as well but I’m sure you could find it. Anyways, check the options out above as they are freaking awesome. The top left in red has a nice blend of red and white. Seeing the brand name in white give you a nice contrast and bold look. Personally I can see these being worn by a fan of a team that has primary or secondary red colors. Thinking more Kansas City Chiefs or Buffalo Bills with this one. Second is the all whites. These do not really stick out but they work with almost everything casual or sports related. You aren’t making a statement with this colorway but you are keeping neutral. I can see these go with almost every combination out there when it comes to clothing. The yellow and black screams Pittsburgh for sure. But I can see these worn with some shorts for a casual summer day. You might even be able to pull this off with Rams gear if you do it right.
My favorite two color combinations besides the black ones shown for design purposes are the white/blacks and black/reds. The white/blacks give you the traditional or shall I say classic feel of the Adidas original’s. Nothing too inappropriate when it comes to contrast violations and just enough black to make it feel presentable. I find the black with the brand name feel like a strap on both of these color combinations. The red/blacks though scream Supreme. You could make a case for the other company named in this, but since Adidas isn’t violating font, terminology, or the exact color combination, the case wouldn’t make it far.
For me this was a big factor in making this purchase. Currently each pair is retailing under $70. Think about that for a minute. Yes you can get some NMD’s and Roshe’s for around the same price now. But to get a good colorway and an in demand look you will probably be paying a lot more. These not only look nice but they don’t make you feel bad if they get a little dirt on them.
If you are looking for an affordable and stylish sneaker, then I would recommend the Lite Racer Adapt. This product fits great, has awesome colorways, and doesn’t break the bank. Yes you might run into a worn down sole (depending on usage) but you will not sacrifice style or comfort for the price you pay.