The Adidas Everyset training shoe is designed to be a budget-friendly training shoe for general use contexts. In the world of training shoes, there are few things that I love more than finding really solid cheap shoe options.
As a fan of the Adidas Dropset Trainer 2, I was curious to see how the Adidas Everyset would compare. With its lower price point, can this shoe compare to the more premium higher-end model?
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Quick Take: For lifters and athletes on a budget, the Adidas Everyset does a good job of general lifting and cross-training. Is it going to be the most stable cross-training shoe? No, but it will work for most recreational lifting needs, in my opinion.
- Recreational Lifting
- Short Runs <1-2 Miles
- HIIT Workouts
- Narrow and Medium Width Feet
- For Heavy Lifting
- For Wide Feet
- For CrossFit
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Who Should Buy the Adidas Everyset Training Shoes?
The Adidas Everyset has been a nice and unexpected surprise regarding their gym performance. On sale, I paid $66 USD for these shoes so I wasn’t sure what to expect with them. Below are a few contexts where I think this shoe makes sense.
1. You Need a Generalist On a Budget
If you’re trying to find a training shoe that doesn’t break the bank and performs decently well across the board, then I think you’ll resonate with the Adidas Everyset.
This shoe costs around $90 USD and it has done a good job in a wide range of training settings. For example, if you like to lift, cross-train, do light runs, and do some HIIT, then these shoes should work well for you.
For my generalist friends who like to do a little bit of everything, the Adidas Everyset delivers for its price. Plus, if you can find them on sale I think that’s a double win with this shoe.
Its dual-density midsole is stable yet responsive and I like the full rubber outsole and how well it grips on different surfaces. These features help add to this shoe’s range.
2. You Want a Training Shoe for Daily Wear
If you’re adamant about buying a training shoe that works in the gym and for daily wear, then I also see the Everyset working well for your needs. This shoe has a clean appearance and can be meshed well with most outfits.
Additionally, I like the full rubber outsole and how it should help provide some protection to the midsole when wearing this shoe in different climates and settings.
The upper has a moderate level of breathability, too, which is nice for multi-season wear. I also think the price helps this shoe’s ability regarding its daily wear-friendliness. For $90 or less, you don’t have to feel guilty beating this shoe up.
3. You Want a Little Arch Support In Your Shoes
The Adidas Everyset has a little bit of arch support built into its sole. It’s not super jarring and I didn’t actually mind it when training and wearing this shoe out and about and I have a normal arch that doesn’t typically need support.
However, if you are someone who is constantly looking for training shoes that feature a low to moderate level of arch support then I think you’ll resonate with this shoe’s fit.
Who Shouldn’t Buy the Adidas Everyset Training Shoes?
For the most part, I think the Adidas Everyset delivers for its price point. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect shoe. Below are a couple of contexts where you’ll want to pass on this model.
1. You Want a Shoe for Heavy Strength Work and CrossFit
The first area where the Adidas Everyset falls short is with more niche training contexts. As you get more specific with your training that’s where this shoe’s performance will start to fall short.
For example, if you want a shoe for CrossFit then you’ll want something more specific for that training style because things like burpees and rope climbs will burn through this shoe’s upper and midsole.
If you need a shoe for heavy free weight and machine work, then you may also want to explore models that are more dialed in for your performance needs. This shoe’s dual-density midsole starts to compress as you pass the 420 lb threshold.
In general, budget-friendly training shoes will lack specificity so this isn’t necessarily a huge knock if you go into this shoe understanding that it will eventually have limitations as you get more specific with your workouts.
2. You Need a Training Shoe for Wide(r) Feet
Unlike the Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 which has a more anatomical toe box, the Everyset runs more on the narrow side. This shoe’s toe box tapers pretty aggressively like most Adidas shoes, in my opinion.
If you’re constantly battling width in your training shoes then you’ll want to pass on this model, especially if you have EE-width feet or wider. I have an E-width foot and this shoe is pushing regarding its comfort for me.
If I go barefoot or wear thin socks then this shoe fits okay, but it would be nice to have a more rounded toe box to accommodate toe splay and different foot anatomies better.
Adidas Everyset Pros and Cons
Overall, I’ve been impressed with the Adidas Everyset training shoes, especially considering what I paid for them. Here are a few pros and cons that I’ve found with this shoe over the course of my testing.
- Great shoe for those shopping on a budget and wanting a generality model for doing a little bit of everything.
- The dual-density midsole does a pretty good job of delivering stability for moderate strength training and comfort for HIIT and general use.
- The upper and appearance of this shoe are pretty low-key and refined so this is a good training shoe that can double as a daily driver.
- The width of the toe box isn’t the best and if you have wider feet you’ll probably want to pass on this shoe.
- For CrossFit and heavy strength workouts, you’ll want to pass on this shoe because its durability and overall stability may be problematic in these contexts.
- If you don’t care about stability and you want a plusher ride for casual use and light training you may not resonate with this shoe’s dual-density midsole.
If you’ve worn the Adidas Everyset I’m curious if you’ve experienced similar pros and cons. Let me know in the comments below what you’ve thought about this shoe.
To break down and assess the performance of the Adidas Everyset, I’ll discuss this shoe’s performance for lifting, versatile training, short runs, and daily wear. This way, you can cross-reference how you train with this shoe’s performance.
Testing the Adidas Everyset for Lifting
When it comes to lifting, I thought the Adidas Everyset did an okay job. If you’re someone who is just getting into strength training and need a shoe for moderate loading then you should be plenty fine with the Everyset’s stability.
I’ve deadlifted up to 405 lbs in this shoe and thought the midsole stability was okay and it did an alright job for my leg days as well. The full rubber outsole does a good job promoting traction on machines, rubber gym floors, and wooden platforms.
This model also doesn’t have a ton of toe spring which is a perk for workouts that include exercises like Romanian deadlifts where you want to grip the floor and ground the feet.
All that said, while I think the dual-density EVA foam midsole will work for beginners and some intermediate lifters, the Everyset would not be my first pick for maxing out my squats and deadlifts.
If you want a shoe for strength work that exceeds 420 lbs then you may want to explore options that have denser midsoles as the Everyset will definitely have a threshold in which they start to compress.
Testing the Adidas Everyset for Versatile Training
In the context of versatile training including things like HIIT, plyometrics, and athletic-focused work, the Adidas Everyset does a decent job. This shoe has an athletic feel which I appreciate for this training setting.
The upper in this shoe has enough security for multi-directional work and I thought its breathability was okay. For box jumps and skater strides, I never felt like I was sliding around in this shoe.
I also like the dual-density midsole and how responsive it felt for things like jumping rope. This model doesn’t feel super clunky or stiff like other budget-friendly trainers which I came to appreciate over time.
If you’re someone wanting a cheap training shoe for classes, casual versatile workouts, and athletic-focused workouts, then I think you’ll enjoy the overall performance of the Adidas Everyset.
Testing the Adidas Everyset for Short Runs and Daily Wear
For short runs, the Adidas Everyset performed exactly like I thought it would. It’s a shoe that can work for a casual pre and post-workout warm-up run and even some short interval runs.
The dual-density midsole is responsive enough to where I think it won’t be super offputting in these running contexts. However, if you need a shoe for runs longer than 2-3 miles then I’d pass on this model. It won’t be the training shoe for hybrid training.
In the context of daily wear, I like the Adidas Everyset for the most part. This shoe’s upper is a perk for this use because it breathes decently well and it has a clean classic Adidas appearance.
I also think this shoe has a decent level of comfort overall. It’s not the most plush training shoe for daily use contexts but I didn’t find them to be too bad when taking the dog on a 4-mile walk in them.
One caveat that I did notice with this shoe is that the outsole can be a little slippery on damp surfaces, so if you wear these on rainy days keep an eye on the surfaces you’re using them on.
Adidas Everyset Sizing
For the Adidas Everyset, I think most lifters and athletes should be safe going true to size in this model. The length of this shoe runs true and they have a medium width despite Adidas saying “wide fit” on the product page.
I do think this shoe’s a little wider compared to other Adidas shoes like the Ultraboost models, but compared to the Dropset Trainer 2 you can tell this shoe has a more aggressive toe box taper.
Another sizing point to note with this shoe is that it does have a little arch built into its sole. It’s not super aggressive so it shouldn’t both most, but it could be problematic for flatter feet.
Lastly, as I mentioned above, if you have EE-width feet or wider, I’d also suggest passing on this shoe. This model’s unisex “wide fit” can vary greatly from women’s to men’s width needs.
- Adidas Everyset Sizing Thoughts: True to size for most foot anatomies.
If you need help deciding on what size you should go with, drop a comment below and let me know what shoe you currently wear and in what size.
Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 Vs Everyset Trainer
If you’re on the fence between the Adidas Dropset Trainer 2 and the Everyset, then I’d suggest looking at your training objectively to land on the model that will be best for you.
In the context of lifting, the Dropset Trainer 2 is the superior training shoe. This model’s midsole and heel construction give this shoe a more pseudo-weightlifting shoe feel which is awesome for heavy squats, deadlifts, and leg work.
If you have a lifting bias and you want to push heavy weights, I’d opt for the Dropset Trainer 2. For cross-training, both shoes are pretty solid and if you want something for general versatility then either model will suffice.
The Everyset’s biggest perk here is its price so if you’re not planning to tackle versatile workouts that include elements of CrossFit then the Everyset will be fine. That said, the Dropset Trainer is better equipped to handle demands from CrossFit workouts.
For running and daily wear, both shoes will be similar in the sense that they can work for daily wear and short runs, but both models will fall short for longer runs.
I do like the Everyset a little better for daily use, though, and that’s due to this shoe’s budget-friendly price and its heel doesn’t feel as off-putting for longer walks and running errands.
- Lifting Winner: Dropset Trainer 2
- CrossFit Winner: Dropset Trainer 2
- Versatile Workouts: Tie
- Short Runs: Tie
- Daily Wear: Everyset
Adidas Dropset Trainer 2
For the Adidas Everyset training shoes, you can expect to pay around $90 USD. For what this offers regarding its construction and performance I think this price point is on the money for this shoe.
Plus, this model is regularly on sale and I was about to find a coupon to purchase my pair for this review for $66 USD. I think if you can do something similar then you’ll be overall happy with your purchase.
Compared to other training shoes that also cost $100 USD or less, I think the Everyset is definitely toward the top of the list when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck.
For the generalist wanting to save money, this shoe makes a lot of sense. They won’t be the best for wide feet and for niche performance contexts like CrossFit, but for recreational training sessions the price makes sense for this shoe.
- Recreational Lifting
- Short Runs <1-2 Miles
- HIIT Workouts
- Narrow and Medium Width Feet
- For Heavy Lifting
- For Wide Feet
- For CrossFit
The Adidas Everyset’s construction is pretty simplistic in nature. Below are some of the most important details to know about this shoe’s construction.
- Heel-to-Toe Drop: N/A
- Weight: 10.20 oz (for my size 10 model)
- Removable Insole: Yes
- Dual-Density Foam Midsole
- Full Rubber Outsole
- Knit Textile Upper
- Midfoot TPU Layer
- Non-Gussetted Tongue
- Padded Mesh Tongue
- 6 Core Eyelets (with a 7th for lace-lock)
If you need further clarification about the construction of the Adidas Everyset, drop a comment below and I can answer your questions accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q:Are the Adidas Everyset good for lifting?
Q:Can you run in the Adidas Everyset?
Q:Are the Adidas Everyset good for wide feet?
At the end of the day, I’ve been happy with my purchase of the Adidas Everyset. Is this shoe an, “end-all-be-all best-in-class training shoe?”, not necessarily but it can hold its own for the price.
I like this shoe’s general-use functionality and the fact that it costs well under $100 USD. The price and construction should make sense for most recreational lifters and athletes.
If you have additional questions about the Adidas Everyset, drop a comment below or reach out via Instagram (@jake_boly or @that_fit_friend).