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Do Adidas Run Big Or Small? I Have The Answer

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Adidas is one of the most popular sports brands globally. Of course, everyone had at least something from Adidas at some point in their lives, but the question you have is: Do Adidas run big or small? Maybe most styles are true to size?

I love Adidas, and I can’t tell you how many different items I had from the German sports brand. I had running sneakers, football boots, casual shoes, jumpers, t-shirts, shorts, jackets, gloves, caps, water bottles, etc. 

I also worked with Adidas shoes for many years as Footwear Manager of a multi-brand sports company. So I have served thousands of people with Adidas casual shoes, running sneakers, football boots, golf shoes and helped them choose the best size possible for their feet needs. So I know what Adidas styles customers went a size up or down. (or kept the same size).

Read: Where Are Adidas Shoes Made?

Adidas has so many different types for so many occasions that I decided to split the shoes by some of the most popular styles. Let’s find out the answer to the question: do Adidas run big or small or true to size?

Do Adidas Run Big, Small, Or True To Size?

Do Adidas shoes run big or small? Maybe true to size? If you are in a hurry, these are the conclusions from my research and personal and professional experience with Adidas.

Do Adidas Run Big?

The Adidas styles that run big are the Ozweego and Falcon. However, you also have some styles like the Superstars, Gazelles, and some football boots that alternate between bigger, smaller, or accurate sizes.

Do Adidas Run Small?

The Adidas styles that run small are the Ultraboost, Superstar, and Ground Court. The Stan Smith and Swift styles are prevalent smaller, but some people find them true to size. The Gazelles and Slides alternate between bigger, smaller, or accurate sizes.

Do Adidas Run True To Size?

No Adidas shoe style runs predominantly true to size, but you have some styles like the Stan Smith and Swift, which are more common for that to happen. The Gazelles and Slides alternate between bigger, smaller, or accurate sizes.

Adidas Sizing Chart & Fit

Adidas has created a shoe sizing chart down based on your heel-toe length. This way, you can ensure you buy the correct Adidas shoe size for yourself.

Adidas Sizing Chart

If you place a paper on the floor with one end of your foot against a wall, you can mark the piece of paper where your toes end with a pen. Then you measure the mark you created on the paper with the end and compare the measurement to the Adidas shoe size chart.

That’s how you will get the correct Adidas size. But keep reading because you have other factors you need to take into consideration.

How Do Adidas Fit?

Most people believe that Adidas shoes tend to run small, no matter what style they choose, and that’s not true. Some Adidas styles are too big when compared with some other styles that are too small.

I vary my size on Adidas shoes according to the style I buy, and the same should happen to you when it comes to Adidas shoes or any other shoe brand. No shoe brand has one-size-fits-all styles.

To make your life easier, I have mixed my personal experience selling Adidas shoes and read Amazon reviews of specific Adidas styles to back up my claims on why I say some shoe styles run too big and others too small.

Do Adidas Ultraboost Run Big Or Small?

Adidas Ultraboost runs small for most consumers, so you want to consider buying a half size bigger or even a full size bigger. For example, if you have narrow feet, try half a size bigger. However, if you have wide feet, go for a full-size up.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Ultraboost

My experience says that consumers usually go for a half size bigger because when you run, it’s good to have a little bit of space in the shoe in case your feet swell. I had a pair of Adidas Ultraboost, and they were true to size in my case, but I still bought them half a size bigger because I prefer to have some extra room when I run.

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Ultraboost:

“It’s a little bit tight, but they stretch to fit comfortably.”
“I have big feet, but these are definitely cut smaller than previous generations.”
“I had to return them due to them being too big.”
“Typically, I am a 9.5, but when I got them, they were painfully too small.”
” The size is true. But they fit very snug.”
“I would recommend going up a half-size if possible.”

Do Adidas Superstar Run Big Or Small?

Adidas Superstar runs small for most consumers and slightly oversized for a few that tried this style. This is a narrow style, so I would big half a size bigger.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Superstar

The Superstars were one of the most popular Adidas styles we had in-store, and they are a narrow style, so people with wide feet usually had to go a size bigger. I’ve seen some consumers buy half a size smaller, but that was a small minority compared to the majority buying larger sizes of this style.

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Superstar:

“Fits a little tight, so probably should have gone a size up.”
“Unfortunately, they were a bit too small.”
“I wear a size 12, but was tight, returned them and got 12.5, and it fits great.”
“They do run a half size small and are not for wide feet.”
“Too large shoe size 8 returned for 7.5 but too large finally ordered 7, and they fit.”
“Love my 3 stripes, but they are a little big.”

Do Adidas Stan Smith Run Bir Or Small?

The Adidas Stan Smith sneakers run smaller or true to size. It all depends on how narrow or wide your feet are since this style is slightly slim.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Stan Smith

I am a massive fan of the Stan Smith. I still have one pair in my shoe collection. They run true to size for me, but I have narrow feet. Customers usually buy them half a size bigger or the same size they have been buying with other brands. I do remember some customers saying they were too big, but when I measured their feet, they were wearing a size bigger than they should.

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What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Stan Smith:

“The shoes are great. They’re just too small for my feet.”
“Great shoes, but for some reason, they were too narrow for my feet.”
“I wear a size 12, and they ran half to a full size too small.”
“The shoe fits perfectly, definitely true to size.”
“Stan Smith originals, just as presented, fit is perfect and true to size.”
“Fits as expected and true to size.”

Do Adidas Gazelles Run Big Or Small?

The Adidas Gazelles was another trendy shoe in-store, and they run small for most people, true to size for others, and slightly oversized for some.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Gazelles

Most customers were buying a half a size or a full size bigger on this style, especially if they had wide feet since this is another narrow style. I can remember some people buying their size on these shoes, but I can’t recall anyone saying they were too big like I read on the Amazon reviews.

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Gazelles:

“I’m returning these. They’re nice shoes but way too small.”
“The shoes looked great but were too big for me.”
“Somewhat small on me, but ok. I have a wide foot.”
“The model was good, but the size was a little small.”
“Great old school shoe, just runs a little small.”
“The sneaker runs big, so I suggest ordering a half size smaller.”

Do Adidas Ozweego Run Big Or Small?

The Adidas Ozweego runs big or true to size for most people. This style is wider than most Adidas styles.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Ozweego

I never sold this style in-store, so I can’t tell you the customer’s preferences. However, I did go to an Adidas store and try them on to check the fit. They were alright when I tried my usual size, but they did feel a little bit too wide. Also, when I tried, half a size down, my big toe was touching the front of the shoe, making the shoes too small.

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Ozweego:

“It’s a bit big go half a size down.”
“Fits a little big but not by much”

“Listened to reviews and sized down a full size and they fit him perfect”
“The size is correct.”
“Fit is true to size.”
“Fits true to size. Adidas always delivers.”

Do Adidas Swift Run Big Or Small?

Adidas Swift runs small or true to size, depending on how narrow or wide your feet are.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Swift

I didn’t sell as many Swift as I sold Ultraboost, but again, this is a running shoe, so most runners prefer the shoes with some extra space and buy them half a size bigger. I’m not too fond of a very snug fit on running shoes, and I would buy a half size bigger too. Since most consumers said these shoes were a bit tight, I would go for a half size bigger independently if you like the snug fit or not.

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Swift:

“Runs about 1/2 size too small.”
“Runs a little small than your size; if the width of your feet is wide, you should order a 1/2 size bigger.”
“Get a size up because they run small.”
“They run a little small. So I ordered half a size larger.”
“I bought half a size up, and they fit nicely.”
“Fit true to size and are comfortable to wear all day.”

Do Adidas Grand Court Run Big Or Small?

The Adidas Grand Court runs small due to being a narrow style in general, especially for wide feet.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Grand Court

I have seen most customers buying a half size bigger (even wide feet people) since most tennis players like their shoes to feel snug but not tight. I have seen the odd customer choosing their usual size on other brands on this style.

Read: What Is The Difference Between Tennis and Running Shoes

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Grand Court:

“Way too small for a size 12 foot, unfortunately.”
“I would say they are about a half size too small.”
“Runs about a full size too small”
“Shoe was too small. I always wear a 10 and have another pair of Adidas that are size 10.”
“Fit true to size. No complaints!”
“Run very narrow. I would go up a size.”

Do Adidas Falcon Run Big Or Small?

The Adidas Falcon runs too big do the structure of the shoe being wide.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Falcon

I didn’t sell this style in-store, and I couldn’t find any to try in-store. However, the Falcons look very similar to Skechers D-Lite (at least some part of the collection), so I am not surprised these shoes are too big since they are pretty wider compared to other Adidas styles.

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Falcon:

“Does run a little big, so recommend your order a half size smaller.”
“This shoe had to be returned as it was too large! Not true to size.”
“The size 13 in this shoe was too large. So I returned it and ordered a size 12 1/2 which fit.”
“I wear a size 13, and they are perfect.”



Do Adidas Slides Run Big Or Small?

Adidas Slides can run too big, too small, or true to size, depending on the style you choose.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Slides

Adidas sandals are a total mess when deciding if they run too big or too small because you have so many different styles that it is hard to tell. People with wide feet often went for sandals with an adjustable bandage to change the width, so the sandals were true to size. On the other hand, Adidas flip-flops tend to be a bit small, so people went a whole size bigger. I also have seen people buying smaller sizes due to flip-flops being too big. That’s why is so complicated to define how big or small Adidas sandals are.

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Slides:

“They are easily a size too big.”
“They run larger than expected but still a great pair.”
“Extremely narrow, at least 1.5 sizes too small.”
“It’s just too small.”
“Not true to size. Recommend ordering one size up.”
“Fit true to size.”

Do Adidas Cleats Run Big Or Small?

Adidas Cleats (or football boots) run too big or true to size due to the need for extra spacing.

My Experience With Customers On Adidas Cleats

So, I have sold many Adidas football boots, and it all depends on the style you choose. They tend to run slightly oversized if you have narrow feet or true to size if you have wide feet. Also, the structure of Adidas football boots is made a little bit larger because you need to include football socks, and your feet can swell if the sweat and heat, so you need the extra space.

What Amazon Reviewers say about Adidas Cleats:

“I think they run about a size big, so a 14 is more like a 15.”
“They seem to run a half size too big like others have said.”
“The soccer shoes are too large. They didn’t fit me.”
“Size came bigger than expected.”
“Although most soccer cleats run a little small, these are true to size.”



Tips When Buying Adidas Shoes

When buying Adidas shoes (or any shoes), you need to take into consideration some things based on your personal needs. These tips are based on my personal experience with thousands of customers who I have served and sold shoes during the six (or seven) years I have worked in the shoe industry.

Ask To Have Your Feet Measured

If you are in a shoe store is very important to have your feet measured. This is something you can ask on Adidas stores, and someone will help you. The reason is that different brands have different ways of making their shoes so that sizes can be different, especially within a brand with so many different styles like Adidas.

Read: How To Tell If Shoes Are Too Big?

Another reason why you should have your feet measured is because many people have been wearing the wrong size their entire life without knowing it. So many customers said, “I have been a size ten my entire life. I know what size I need.” Then they have their feet measured and discover they have been wearing a half or full size too big or too small. They just got used to it. If you are buying Adidas kid’s shoes, this is a crucial step.

If you buy your Adidas sneakers online, measure your foot from heel to toe, as I have explained above.

Try The Shoes

If you are in-store buying any shoes, always try them, because sometimes some shoe styles are just not suitable for your feet shape. Also, the shoes may have a manufacturing problem inside that you or the footwear specialist are not aware of. So trying shoes is fundamental before buying them.

If you buy your Adidas sneakers online, my advice to you (and all the customers I ever had) is to try the shoes inside your house for a couple of hours to ensure they are the right size, the correct fit, and comfortable.

If not, you can always return for a different style, size, etc. (always check the refund policy). If you can’t return the shoes and they are too big, learn how to make them smaller to fit better.

do adidas shoes run big or small

If you are in-store buying any shoes, always try them, because sometimes some shoe styles are just not suitable for your feet shape. Also, the shoes may have a manufacturing problem inside that you or the footwear specialist are not aware of. So trying shoes is fundamental before buying them.

If you buy your Adidas sneakers online, my advice to you (and all the customers I ever had) is to try the shoes inside your house for a couple of hours to ensure they are the right size, the correct fit, and comfortable. If not, you can always return for a different style, size, etc. (always check the refund policy). If you can’t return the shoes and they are too big, learn how to make them smaller to fit better.

Types Of Socks

The type of socks you wear can also determine how much room you will have left on your Adidas sneakers. For example, if it’s Winter, you will probably have thick Winter socks, but you will end up with no socks or thinner ones if it’s Summer.

When buying your shoes, think about what socks you will wear with them, and the time of the year you are on. The thicker the socks, the less room you have inside of your shoe.

Lifestyle

Your lifestyle is also essential, since your feet take a lot of abuse every day, carrying your weight in activities like running, jumping, walking, or just staying on your feet. All these activities can affect if your ankles and feet swell. 

Also, buying the correct Adidas style for the activity you want is essential since different Adidas styles can run big or small. 

Medical Conditions

Everyone has some medical conditions that can affect what size of shoe we need to buy. For example, suppose you have diabetes, blisters, bunions, plantar fasciitis, high blood pressure, or claw toe. In that case, all these conditions can affect whether you need a bigger Adidas shoe or not. 

Common Questions About Do Adidas Run Big Or Small

These are the most common questions about, do Adidas run big or small.

Do Adidas Run Big Or Small Compared To Nike?

Adidas shoes run a half size smaller than Nike shoes. For example, an Adidas US size 9 is a 42 in Europe, and a Nike US size 9 is a 42,5 in Europe.

Do Adidas Run Big Or Small Compared To Vans?

Adidas shoes run half a centimeter smaller than Vans shoes. A US size 8 in Adidas translates to 25.5 CM. The equivalent size on Vans translates into 26 CM. So Adidas shoes run smaller than Vans shoes. You can read my guide about Vans sizes here.

Does Adidas Clothes Run Big Or Small?

Adidas clothing tends to be true to size, so you can buy your average brand size without worrying.

Do Adidas Shorts Run Big Or Small?

Adidas shorts run true to size, and all the ones I have are exactly the same size as other sports brands.

Do Adidas Shoes Run Wide?

It depends on which Adidas styles you choose, since most shoes are pretty narrow, but you do have some styles like the Ozweegos and the Falcons that are wide.

Do Adidas Shoes Run Big Or Small?

Do Adidas run big or small? It all depends on the style of Adidas you pick since some of them run too big, some are too small, and others are true to size. Some Adidas shoe styles are too narrow and others wide.

When buying a pair of Adidas shoes, my advice is to follow the recommendations I provide in this guide since they are based on my experience with thousands of people buying Adidas shoes. I also want you to keep in mind if you can try the shoes in-store, do it and decide by yourself.

Read: Do Skechers Shoes Run Big Or Small?

These guidelines help more online shoppers that can’t try the shoes and keep asking themselves the question: do Adidas run big or small? Now you know.