Adidas' new running shoe uses midsole 'voids' to turn weight into forward motion

Adidas shear forward with their latest running shoes innovation, the Switch FWD

Adidas launches Switch FWD running shoes
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Adidas just revealed the new Switch FWD running shoes, which are said to convert gravity into forward motion. The new shoes are said to be the expansion of the FWD line, consisting of the Adidas 4DFWD and the second iteration of the shoes, the aptly-named Adidas 4DFWD 2.

The main difference between those and the Switch FWD is the midsole material. Constructed using 'cutting-edge design processes', the new EVA compound midsole features 'intricately designed' voids that collapse and spring forward, converting gravity into forward motion.

Adidas say the soft EVA compound midsole, working in unison with the TPU plate, ensures a stable and cushioned transition through the forefoot and midfoot during the forward motion process.

Adidas launches Switch FWD running shoes

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The shoes have a lightweight engineered mesh upper made with at least 50% recycled materials, offering a supportive and snug fit and featuring strategically positioned mesh windows for better breathability. The Switch FWD uses a Continental rubber outsole, like many other top-performing trainers, such as the recently launched Adidas Adizero Adios 8.

The shoe launches in a white and silver violet colourway with lucid lemon detailing for women and a white and wonder blue colourway for men with lucid lemon accents. The Adidas Switch FWD is priced at €140 (approx. $157/ £121/ AU$ 232) and will be available to buy globally via Adidas and in stores from 20 July 2023.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.