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Supernovas are built for comfort (and looks)

Rick Carroll
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Let’s face it: Running attire has a certain cheese factor to it.It can be flashy, skimpy or downright ugly.

Indeed, anybody who runs to make a fashion statement should be committed immediately. (Same goes for those who do it simply for pleasure, but that’s another story.)But I have to say that my running became a lot more pleasurable when I recently slipped on a brand-new pair of Adidas Supernova Trail Edition 5 trail-running shoes.Simply stated, my biggest complaint about the Adidas Supernova Trail Edition 5 shoes is their name. It’s too long, and I do wish Adidas could come up with a better name than Supernova for a pair of shoes – they sound like a juiced up-version of a Chevrolet muscle car or a PBS rerun. Name aside, the Supernovas are some of the best running shoes I’ve ever worn, and I’ve easily gone through more than 100 pairs.

Part of the reason is that when you try on the Supernovas, the “break-in” period is practically nonexistent. Typically when I get new shoes I use them on my shorter runs, and employ the soon-to-be retired shoes for my longer runs – until the replacements are ready. The Supernovas, however, allowed me to pick up where I left off with my old shoes. I don’t buy into the shoe industry’s hype about trail shoes. Road shoes work just fine on the trails, so long as you are careful when running in technical areas. But the Supernova trail shoes do give me a sense of confidence and support on the trails that I don’t find with road shoes. In fact, I also own the road version of the Supernovas, and I still haven’t found the comfort that I would want from a shoe this price. But for my feet, the Supernova trail version tops brands such as Solomon and North Face.The Adidas Supernova, which I bought at a local running store, costs 90 bucks, which is a small price to pay for comfort. The shoes actually aren’t bad-looking either, which shows the running-attire industry may be emerging from an ugly-duckling phase that’s endured some 35 years.