Adidas Adizero Tempo 7 Wide Review

This shoe is back...  Yes I did a review and return (HERE)... but after spending extensive time on Rakuten began to realize that there are many shoes offered on the Asian/Japanese market in a wide  that are not offered in the United States.  Some notable examples from Adidas include the Boston, Tempo, Takumi Sen (yes!), Takumi Ren (that too) and the Adios Boost 2.  Crazy right?  I will get my hands on a few of these (especially the Adios Boost) and will let you know how they fit.  For now I will give a full review on the Tempo.
   Why did I go back to this shoe?  I have been actively looking for a light stability trainer and have been disappointed by some of the other offerings out there.  I found the Mirage 5 to have an odd fitting upper and the sole broke down very quickly (looking forward to the Mirage 6 with the EverRun midsole).  The Lunarglide has a horrible amount of posterior flare in the heel, which causes an early initial contact of the foot which doesn't make for a good transition.  The Zoom fly felt poorly constructed.  The DS Trainer 20 (REVIEW) is probably the closest thing to optimal given the 8-10mm drop and extremely fast ride.  However, the lack of a heel bevel which leads to a horrible initial contact and transition ruined the shoe for me (and may have contributed to an minor achilles irritation I had).  The Purecadence 4 (REVIEW) is a good shoe, but recently has been to low a drop for me.  Although that shoe is listed as a 4mm drop, due to the softness of the midsole it compresses to what feels like a 0mm drop shoe.  Right now I do not have the calf muscle length to train in that kind of shoe and prefer keeping my low drop shoes for workouts and races.  This is something I have learned over time (the hard way) and have found it just works for me.


Sole: To review my full thoughts on the sole, see my Initial Review and Return (HERE).  My updated thoughts are that I still enjoy the sole of this shoe but feel like it could be better.  I enjoy the firmer ride compared to other Adidas Boost shoes and have found this to be a good shoe to handle fartleks and uptempo runs.  I am still a bit frustrated that the midsole Boost is concentrated mostly in the heel.  I feel like this bulks up the size of the heel and leaves the forefoot a bit barren.  Being someone who lands with a variety of footstrikes depending on how tired I am and what is going on with my hips, I wish the Boost was better spread throughout the shoe.  I previously mentioned the difference in densities is a little strange at first but I have gotten used to the feeling.  Would I still prefer the Boost be spread out more evenly?  Yes.
   The stability of this shoe is still mild but decent.  While I still feel the support concentrated in the arch, after many miles in the shoe I am picking up supportive elements throughout the length of the shoe.  Adidas states that the StableFrame supports the foot from heel to toe and I am getting a similar feeling to what Brooks did with the Purecadence 3 (REVIEW).  I can specifically feel the mild support in the forefoot in the end stages of long runs but it is very mild and most of the time I do not notice it.


Upper/Fit:  Now for the important part.  How does Japan/the Asian market do wides?  Mostly like the rest of the world where the entire shoe is wider.  However, the amount that each part of the shoe widens is different.  In US shoes in wide widths that I have tried, the entire shoe has been widened with an emphasis on the heel and midfoot.  In the Asian market, the emphasis seems to be mostly in the forefoot with minor increases in the heel in midfoot.   In the Tempo 7 wide, I mostly feel the increases in width in the forefoot with only minor increases in the width of the heel and midfoot.  I do have to make sure I lace lock the heel as it is slightly too wide for my heel.  However, I have not had any issues with slippage, blisters or my foot moving around.  As you can see from the photo below I do have the laces fairly tight and that seems to solve any width issues while still keeping a decent size toebox.  The odd part is that the toebox of the Adidas Tempo 7 wide feels like that of a normal shoe... but that is because the normal width is insanely narrow.  So for those of you neutral runners who really wanted to like the Boston Boost but found the toebox similar, give the wide version a try.
   While the fit is better in the wide version, I still do like how fast the toebox tapers. This shoe is pretty pointed even in the wide and the only saving grace is that the upper does stretch pretty well.  So it has broken in for me, but I hope this is fixed in the Tempo 8.  While I have seen photos of version 8, I haven not seen a top down view of the upper/toebox.  We'll have to wait until November to see what happens and if Adidas fixed this toebox issue in the normal US width so I don't have to order from Japan.   I just hope Adidas goes back to the Tempo fitting snugly like a racing shoe and not what currently is (a toe-squasher).
    Thanks to ebay, I currently have the Tempo 5 in my rotation.  The upper, while it does taper in the forefoot a little bit, fits very much like a racing flat.  Not tight but snug.  I really wish Adidas had kept that fit because version 5 fits me extremely well from heel to forefoot.  The normal width Adidas Tempo 7 fits wider in the heel and narrow in the forefoot while the wide width mostly fixes that issue, but something still seems off to me.  Have I gotten used to the fit?  Yes.  I just hope it is improved.


Responsiveness: I do appreciate the firmness of the sole combined with the Boost.  The shoe can do double duty as a workout shoe and a recovery shoe.  Would I use it for long races or fast intervals?  No.  Because of the increased softness of the midsole (boost), the removal of the extended forefoot torsion system and the increased weight.  Yes the shoe can go when you push it correctly, but not like previous versions.  It is still a relatively firm shoe, but not racing shoe firm and responsive.

Heel-Toe Drop/Ramp:  While this shoe is listed at a 10mm drop, it feels a little higher statically standing in it.  On the run, the Boost in the heel does compress and the shoe goes back to feeling like a 9-10mm drop shoe.  


Durability: As with many Adidas shoes, the Tempo 7 continues with the use of Continental rubber.  In the Tempo 7, the full length Continental rubber outsole gives this shoe fantastic durability.  I have over a 100 miles in this shoe and am seeing very little wear on the sole.  Depending on how the midsole holds up, I full expect to get at least 300-500 miles out of this shoe (maybe more).

Weight: As I complained about in the Initial Review and Return, the Tempo 7 has gained an ounce in weight compared to the previous versions.  How do I know that (other than specs available around the internet)?  As mentioned previously, I have a pair of Tempo 5s in my possession that do feel lighter and more like a marathon racer (being at 8.4 ounces) compared to the 9.4 ounces of the Tempo 7.  That is not necessarily a bad thing as the weight is still relatively light.  It just means the purpose of the Tempo 7 has changed from a light stability marathon racer to a light stability lightweight trainer.


Thoughts as a DPT (Student):  I've said this before: Don't Scrunch The Toes!!!  A snug fit is fine as long as they aren't crunched.  The first issue with preventing any kind of toe splay is you lose the ability to redistribute forces in the transverse plane as pressure is place on the metatarsals and phalanges during gait.  That means more forces go directly into the bones, soft tissue and even nerves.  Yes.  You have nerves running between the metarsals and phalanges.  Don't compress those.  That's why you feel your feet going numb from certain shoes that are usually narrow.  That is a classic sign of nerve compression... which is never a good thing.  It can also be a sign of a lack of blood flow... also not a good thing.
    The second issue is that long term use of shoes with highly tapered toe boxes can lead to abnormal foot posture and function.  While short term use might not affect the position of your toes, long term it can contribute to conditions such as hallux valgus and bunions.  Why?  Because when the great toe is forced laterally and you toe off, greater forces are put into the first metatarsal head.  This also happens with tight calves when you cannot make use of the talocrural joint (responsible for normal dorsiflexion and plantarflexion) and compensation from the subtalar joint occurs.  The talocrural joint lies between the talus, tibia and fibular.  The subtalar joint lies below that between the talus and the calcaneus.  While no joint in the foot lies perfectly in the sagittal plane (straight forwards and backwards), the talocrural is much more in line that the subtalar joint, which is supposed to be used for inversion and eversion.  Compensating with the subtalar joint for dorsiflexion usually results in a more everted foot position through most of the weightbearing gait phase.  Which in turn causes the foot to be pointed laterally and toe off occurs more over the first metatarsal head diagonally with decreased involvement from the great toe.
    The TLDR version of the previous paragraph is: Tapered toeboxes may contribute to hallux valgus and bunions due to increased pressure over the first metatarsal head from compensations in the foot.


Final Thoughts: So what do I want you to take away from this review?  How the Asian market does wides.  At least with the Tempo 7 wide, the width increase seems to be focused in the forefoot.  That is exactly what I was looking for but will try other shoes like the Adios Boost 2 in a wide to see if that is consistent across the spectrum of Adidas shoes in the Asian market.
   I have found the wide version of the Tempo 7 to fit my foot much better than the normal width especially in the forefoot.  I have enjoyed the ride of this shoe and have found it to respond when I have tried to push it to moderate to uptempo paces.  I would still like to the issues with the crazy fast taper in the toebox and inconsistent amount of Boost throughout the shoe fixed.  I feel like the Tempo can be at the top of light stability trainers if these issues are addressed.  Is it as good as the Tempo 5/6?  In my mind not quite in terms of speed and fit but I have high hopes Adidas will address this soon.  If you are still looking for a marathon racer/uptempo shoe with mild stability, I suggest checking out the Mana 7 which I just recently reviewed (REVIEW).  This will work very well as a longer distance racing shoe and workout shoe that compliments the Tempo 7 (wide) very well.

Thanks for reading and don't forget to Tack On!

These shoes were a personal purchase and are not readily available in the United States.  I purchased my pair on Rakuten.  I put at least 100 miles on every pair of shoes before I review them (except racing flats which I put on at least 50 miles).  Currently I have 120 miles on my pair.

As always, my views are my own.

-Matt Klein, SPT

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  1. When are you going to review the Saucony type A6?

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    2. Definitely in the next few months. I may make a push to train full time in racing flats again as an experiment.

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  2. If you had to narrow all your running shoes down to 2 (one for long runs and easy runs, and one for workouts and races), which two would they be?

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    1. Right now it would be the Adidas Adizero Tempo 5 (yes... I found a pair at an LRS) and the Adidas Takumi Sen 3.

      The Tempo 5 is firm enough with mild stability and a go fast ride that has served myself (and my mechanics) well for easy and long runs. The Takumi Sen series is just awesome... and while I miss version 2, version 3 is doing an awesome job with durability, responsiveness and fit. The fit is actually a little more personalized then version 2 thanks to the new design of the upper.

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  3. Thanks the awesome review, Matt. Which shoe do you think is softer the Adios Boost 2, or the Kinvara 5 or 6 (if you have tried it). And apart from drop, what are the differences between them?

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    1. I'm not sure softer is a shoe I would use for either of those shoes, but probably the Kinvara is softer.

      The major difference is that the Kinvara feels like a lightweight trainer whereas the Adios Boost feels like a marathon racing flat. The Adios has more of a responsive feel from both the boost and forefoot torsion system, whereas I enjoy the Kinvara for easy runs and workouts.

      Fit wise the Kinvara is a little wider, especially in the forefoot than the Adios. Not by much but a bit.

      Hope that helps!

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    2. *I'm sure softer is a "word" I would use."

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  4. Can you review
    Saucony A6
    Asics Tartherzeal 3 (Japanese racing flat available from Running Warehouse)

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    1. I just ordered the Tartherzeal 3 from Running warehouse. So I should have a review coming soon. I'm actually using it as a sizing guide so I can order the Tartherzeal TS 3 from Japan (that version has a mild posting in the forefoot and is not available in the US). The Saucony Type A6 will take some time as I have a good number of racing flats at the moment.... but knowing how much I loved the A4 it will likely happen soon.

      Thanks for reading!

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  5. Hello Matt,

    Thank you for your nice reviews. I have two questions:
    - How was the manufacturing quality on these shoes? You mentioned that it was not so nice with your first pair in normal width.
    - Where did you get info/photo about a future tempo 8? Do you know when they will be released?

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    1. Hello! I found the manufacturing quality completely fine on this version from Japan.

      I found the photo from the future tempo 8 from a future catalog from one of the running stores I used to work for.

      Hope that helps! Thanks for reading!

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  6. How did the TB7 Wide work out for you in the "long run" ?

    I fall in the "So for those of you neutral runners who really wanted to like the Boston Boost but found the toebox similar, give the wide version a try" category but I was wondering if you were refering to the TB7 Wide or the BB5 Wide (if it exists)?

    Wouldn't there be a risk of injury for a neutral (I actually supinate a bit with excessive wear on the outside) to run with stability shoes? I currently use the Glide Boost for Easy/Marathon/HM and Adios for 5k/10k but would like to go back to an intermediate shoe like the Boston or Tempo for HMs.

    As a side note the BB6 finally seems to be coming out (not in time for the Boston Marathon where they are launching a Boston Marathon edition of the AB3...) in Europe in July (AQ5989) like the TB8 (AQ2443) and TB8 Wide (AQ6113) that won't be a Japan exclusive anymore apparently.

    Thanks again for the reviews!

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    1. From a biomechanical and DPT perspective, I would generally avoid stability shoes if you really do supinate.

      Like the Tempo, The Boston Boost is available in a wide in Japan. The stability is mild enough in the tempo that you could probably get away with it, but since you already know you haven't had any issues in a neutral shoe, I would go with the Boston.

      Hope that helps and thanks for reading!

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  7. Sorry, hadn't been notified of your reply. Thanks for your thoughts on this. Judging by the excessive wear of the outer part of my running shoes and impressive race pictures where I seem to be running on the edge of my foot, it seems I do qualify as a supinator ;-) Based on what I've read the "fix" is either to get neutral shoes with good cushioning (probably why the Glide Boost 6 work well for me) or stability shoes with orthotics, which sounds a bit like overkill since I've mostly managed to avoid injuries while still running marathons.

    Anyway I'll wait to see how the upcoming Boost Boston 6 fits. Interestingly enough, while not labelled as a "Wide" version, the successive releases of the BB5 seem to have come in two versions, one very tight like the original Black/Blue and Orange and one with a deeper/wider forefoot. Unfortunately it didn't work for me either as I got bad blisters at the base of my toes.

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    1. Stability shoes with orthotics are not something I suggest to anyone. You either need one or the other. If you do need specific orthotics, get a neutral shoe and let the orthotic do what it needs to do. If you need some medial stability, get a stability shoe. The two together interfere with each other. If you are a true supinator, support on the medial side with traditional stability shoes will only push you farther into supination during stance phase. Yes you can probably get away with mild support shoes (ie tempo), but I would avoid "stability shoes." There are currently no laterally posted (support for excessive supinators) shoes on the market except maybe the New Balance 990 which is posted both on the medial and lateral sides (a motion control attempt to prevent the calcaneus from moving at all. Not sure how well that actually works).

      My advice (still as a DPT student. I graduate on Wednesday) is if you haven't had any issues, stick with neutral shoes.

      Let me know how the BB6 fits. I am very curious about how Adidas is changing that upper (hopefully for the better).

      Thanks for reading!

      -Matt Klein, SPT

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  8. Received the Tempo Boost 8 yesterday and there is a sizing problem...US12 works fine for me with the AB2 and GB6 (and the BB5 although they're very tight) but not with the TB8 as they very "pointy" and as a result my big toe rubs against the side and tip. What a strange design ! I don't see the point of trying US12.5 as they would likely be too wide and the "roll off" wouldn't be good as I'd found with the BB5 in US12.5.

    It's too bad because other than that the forefoot is fairly deep and wide and they don't taper as much as the BB5 (the non-official wider version) so probably wouldn't be causing any blisters. As a forefoot striker I quite like the way they feel, quite firm like the AB2 but comfier.

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    1. I found the same thing with the Tempo Boost 7. The fit felt like the forefoot tapered too early. I tried a half size up and it felt too long and the forefoot "roll" was totally off. Although I have not tried the Boston 6, it looks like they took off the forefoot toe guard/stitching that made it so narrow in the past. If you like that ride I would try the Boston 6 to see if the upper fits you any better. I again have not tried it so don't know for sure.

      Good luck!

      -Matt Klein, DPT

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  9. Yes let's hope they've made the BB6 less tight in the front than the first/narrow BB5 but with also less mifoot taper than the second/wider BB5. The BB6 are not out yet though are they ?

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  10. I just wanted to give a positive view of the Tempo Boost 7 and 8. Although they are a bit tight around the toes, they seem to fit my (rather narrow) feet very well and I have really got on well running in them. I have had several pairs now. I find that they strike a good balance between being responsive and relatively light on the one hand, and quite stable and cushioned on the other.

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  11. Just a quick note to say that I'd kept your idea of buying a wide model in Japan in mind and ordered a wide (2E) pair of the Boston Boost 6 after finding that the "Western" version caused me blisters. I would have gone for the BB5 as I somewhat preferred its ride (BB6 is a bit soft) but couldn't find a pair in my size. Thanks for the hint !

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  12. Well that was fast, they came in today and do feel a bit wider but since I no longer have the "Western" model it's a bit hard to compare.

    What's strange is that there is no obvious indication I can find on the various labels (box, shoes) to say it's a wide (sold as 2E on the Yahoo Japan website).

    Was there any indication for your Tempos that they were a wide model ?

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    1. Hello!

      It's been a long time since I had my Tempo 7 Wides. I do remember there being some kind of indication and think there was a "W" on the tag.

      Let me know if you see that.

      -Dr. Matthew Klein, PT, DPT

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    2. Thanks, nope can't see any W or Wi on the label/box, I have seen some boxes/labels for the BB6 with that though. Will try to go over the Japanese label ;-) They do feel wider though so that's the main thing !

      Have you had a chance to try the BB6 ?

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