How Do Adidas Shoes Fit? Do They Run Big, Small or True to Size?

If you’re in the market for a new pair of sneakers, you may be wondering how Adidas shoes fit. Do they run big, small or true to size? It can be tough to tell from looking at pictures online, so we’re here to help!

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Adidas sizing charts and fitting tips for different models, and whether or not these shoes run true to size. We’ll give you some tips on finding the perfect pair for your feet.

Finding a fit for Adidas shoes:

  • True to size.
  • adiFIT insoles.
  • Measurement tips.
  • Adidas shoe size chart.


How do adidas shoes fit?

Depending on the style of shoe, adidas shoes can fit snugly or have a little more room in the toe box. For instance, their Ultraboost line is designed to hug your foot for added support during runs, while other shoes like the Stan Smith have a bit more breathing room.

Adidas Ultraboost fit

That said, it’s important to try on different styles before making a purchase to see what fits best. As we mentioned before, your foot size and width will also affect how well an Adidas shoe fits you.

If you have wider feet, we recommend going up half a size in most cases. And if you’re unsure of your exact width, you can always measure your foot with a Brannock device (those measuring tools found in shoe stores) or by tracing your foot on a piece of paper.


Do Adidas run big or small?

Even when purchased online, many Adidas fans claim that their shoes are a perfect fit. However, there are exceptions to the norm as previously stated.


How do I know what size shoes should I wear?

If you are wondering how to determine what size you should wear, we prepared a size chart for you.

Adidas women’s and men’s shoe size chart

Adidas offers generic sizing charts for all footgear. You can see the measurements for adult men and women here, and those for juniors (infants to teens) here. Half-sizes are available for all adult sizes except for 15 to 19 for men.

The adult chart displays heel-to-toe measurements as well as the corresponding US, UK, EU, and JP sizes. For juniors, the chart is identical except that it doesn’t include JP sizes.

Adidas shoes run big, small or true to size


Is Adidas shoe sizing different?

Yes, Adidas has its own sizing system that is different from other brands. For example, a size 11 in Adidas is equivalent to a size 11. What type of activities will you be using the shoes for?

The type of activities you’ll be using the shoes for will affect the fit. If you’re planning on running or doing other high-impact activities, we recommend getting a snug-fitting pair of Adidas shoes.

However, if you’re just looking for a casual pair of shoes to wear around town, you can get away with a looser fit.What type of Adidas shoes are there? Adidas offers a variety of different types of shoes, each with its own specific fit.


How to Measure Your Feet for Adidas Shoes

Your best bet for an accurate fit if you’re buying your shoes of choice online is to measure your foot.

Adidas provides simple instructions as to how you can do this at home for yourself or your child:

  • Set a piece of paper on the ground against the wall.
  • Stand on it, making sure that your heel is touching the wall.
  • Draw around your foot with a pen or pencil.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe—it might not necessarily be the big toe. You may discover you have Morton’s toe, a condition in which the second toe is longer than the first.
  • Measure your drawing from the heel (wall) to your longest toe. You now have a measurement in inches to match up on the size chart.


Pro Tips

  • Let someone help you draw around your foot if you can. Precision is important for an optimal fit.
  • Consider the space needed for the same socks you plan to use with your Adidas footgear.
  • Your feet will be more swollen after you’ve been up and about all day. You might be surprised about the difference in size before and after a day of work or a few hours of practicing your favorite sport.


Using the adiFIT Insole for Children

If you’ve bought a pair of Adidas shoes for your infant or child up to 7 years old, they’ll come with an adiFIT insole.

adifit insole for kids

The insert will show you whether or not the size you picked is a good fit. To use it, follow these instructions:

  • Remove the adiFIT insole and place it on flat ground. Position your child’s foot on the insole.
  • If your kid’s foot lands within the marked zone, congratulations, the shoes are a good fit.


Pro Tips

  • Measure your child’s feet towards the end of the day. As with adults, childrens’ feet should be at their “true” size after regular daily activities.
  • Have your child wear their everyday or sports-specific socks with the adiFIT insole to ensure there’s enough space.


General Guidelines for Sizing Adidas Shoes

We’ll share a few general suggestions to bear in mind when you’re sizing Adidas shoes. Our recommendations apply to any type of shoe the brand sells:

  • Don’t assume your size. Even if you’re buying the same exact style of shoes you already have, it’s best to be exact. Older shoes tend to grow looser with age and wear and tear. Conditions like diabetes and pregnancy can mean your feet aren’t the same size as they used to be.
  • Follow our measuring tips for accuracy. An inch or less can make the difference between a snug fit and discomfort.
  • Do you wear orthotics for a foot ailment? Don’t forget to factor them into the sizing process. Thicker insoles can take up room in your new footgear, and make them feel smaller than they are. You may need a half or full-size up, depending on your inserts.
  • Know the signs that your pair is a bad fit. Your feet shouldn’t be sliding in and out of your shoes. Tight footwear can cause pain and worsen existing foot disorders and deformities.


Pro Tips

  • Those of you who own insoles, don’t forget to take out the removable inserts on your new shoes first if you’re having trouble putting yours in.
  • If you’re buying a pair of Adidas sandals or slides, determine whether you’ll be wearing them with socks or bare-footed most of the time. Socks will make for a tighter fit than bare feet.
  • Walk around to see if you notice any tightness or looseness that could be a problem long-term. For athletic footwear, test out your range of motion in the shoes for your sport of choice. Basketball players can try jumping a few times, golfers can attempt practice swings to see if you feel stable.


Frequently Asked Questions


Do Adidas run big or small compared to Vans?

Adidas shoes generally run a bit bigger than Vans shoes. This is because Vans shoes are designed to have a snug fit, while Adidas shoes are designed to be more comfortable and have more room in the toe box.


Adidas superstar fit

How do Adidas Superstar fit?

The Adidas Superstar is a classic sneaker that first came out in the 1970s. It has a low-top design and usually fits true to size, although it can run a bit small in some cases. If you have wider feet, we recommend going up half a size when ordering.


How does Adidas superstar holographic fit?

The Adidas Superstar Holographic shoes are designed to fit snugly. However, if you have wide feet, we recommend going up a half size when ordering. This will give you more room in the toe box and help prevent your feet from slipping out while wearing them.


Do Adidas shoes run bigger than Nike?

Adidas shoes generally run a bit bigger than Nike shoes. This is because Nike shoes are designed to have a snug fit, while Adidas shoes are designed to be more comfortable and have more room in the toe box.


adidas forum fit

Is Adidas Forum true to size?

The Adidas Forum generally runs true to size. However, it is a bit narrower than other shoes in the Adidas line, so we recommend going up half a size if you have wider feet. Additionally, the Forum has more room in the toe box than other shoes, so it can accommodate different widths.


Are All Adidas Shoes the Same Size?

All Adidas shoes follow the same size specifications. The company’s sizing chart applies to all the footgear they sell.

Still, there will be inevitable differences, even if slight, as not every shoe is identical (e.g., slides vs. soccer cleats).


Does Adidas Ultraboost Fit True to Size?

The Adidas Ultraboost line consists of lightweight, cushioned shoes designed for runners. Adidas cautions that runners with wide feet should go half a size up for the Ultraboost 1.0 and 2.0.

For example, if you’re a 9 usually you should try your Ultraboost in 9.5. The newest version, Ultraboost 3.0, should be true to size for all wearers.

This video compares Ultraboost sizing to other sneakers produced by Adidas and other prominent shoe brands.


Do Adidas Cloudfoam Run Big?

Adidas Cloudfoam shoes are built with both athletic activities and comfort in mind. If you’re considering a pair, be aware that some wearers report that Cloudfoam shoes for women run big.

That isn’t the case for every buyer, but it has happened. You may have to go down a half size or more if you want them to fit.


Final thoughts:

Adidas shoes usually fit true to size, although it can depend on the style of shoe. If you’re having trouble finding a pair that fits well, try using the Adidas size chart or reach out to a member of our team for help. With so many different models and sizes available, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect pair of Adidas shoes for your feet!

Do you have a question about how Adidas shoes fit? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer it!


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