Run with Energy, the Environment, and the New Adidas Solarglide 5

The latest installment from Adidas’ Solarglide franchise.

We’re barely done with the first quarter of the year and already we’ve seen a bunch of great running shoes making their case for the best of 2022. Don’t look now but we’ve got a ‘runaway’ favorite from what we’ve seen so far. Adidas recently released the Solarglide 5, the newest installment in the brand’s hugely successful Solarglide franchise. 

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Designed for the everyday runner, the shoe aims to provide a perfect fit and comfortable experience thanks to the technology poured into the shoe. The Adidas Solarglide 5 features a Bubble Boost midsole made up of hundreds of Boost capsules fused together and ready to explode with energy returned from the runner’s every stride. A full-top loaded EVA control platform is designed for a smooth transition while running. The updated LEP 2.0, an evolution of Adidas’ legendary Torsion system, fits between the midsole and the control platform to provide the runner with a more responsive and smooth ride. Continental rubber makes up the Solarglide 5’s outsole.

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“We’re constantly looking for ways to evolve and enhance the Solarglide franchise,” explains Simon Lockett, Adidas Running’s category director for footwear. “Compared to previous Solarglide models, we’ve introduced a number of new features including an updated LEP and a Circular Knit upper—zoned for a more adaptive and comfortable fit. Ultimately, we’ve created a shoe designed to be the new front door favorites; a shoe bursting with energy and everyday stable guidance.” 

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Apart from the shoe’s impressive tech specs, Adidas believes that innovation can and should be used as a solution to help end plastic waste and the Adidas Solarglide 5 is designed with the planet in mind. Half of the shoe’s Primeblue knit upper is made of Parley Ocean Plastic, which is re-imagined plastic waste collected from remote islands, beaches, coastal communities and shorelines that is repurposed to prevent further polluting of our oceans.

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The other half of the shoe’s Primeblue yarn is composed of recycled polyester. This is in line with the brand’s promise back in 2020 to shift to recycled polyester in all its products by 2024, reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2030, and become climate neutral by the year 2050.

The Adidas Solarglide 5, which retails for P8,000, is now available locally via the brand’s app, online and at select Adidas stores.

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