adidas Tempaia II Women's Shoe Review
- Cosmetic options
- Poor ventilation
The Tempaia IIs are the epitome of modern style, and with the performance they offer we're not surprised our playtesting team liked them. A stiff synthetic upper caused a small break-in period, but this wasn't a hindrance. Once it softened, the shoe provided stability and support throughout the playtest. The synthetic upper, though, provided little in the ventilation department, and our playtesters felt breathability was lacking. The cushioning was applauded, though, and when combined with the good traction allowed the testers to move aggressively and confidently. Sole durability received mixed feedback, although with the lightweight feel of the Tempaia II taken into account, the durability was more than adequate. In both bold and more conservative color options, this shoe is great for the confident player looking to fly around the court with quick footwork.
Comfort - Score: 3.8
Despite a small break-in period, the shoe's cushioning provided plenty of comfort. Siobhan liked that the comfort didn't detract from the stability. She said, "There was a little out-of-the-box stiffness in the forefoot, but it softened quickly and the comfort in these shoes was more than adequate. The Tempaia IIs maintained a fast, athletic feel, and I was able to move very aggressively in them without sacrificing any of that comfort. I didn't get any blisters, and the shoes continued to be comfortable throughout the entire playtest. I did have to lace them quite tightly to get them to fit my narrow feet, but that didn't reduce the comfort."
Tiffani found the shoes fit the shape of her feet comfortably, saying, "This updated version of the Tempaia has a much wider fit than the original, which makes it a much better fit for me. My wide feet didn't feel constricted at all in the forefoot. I'm also a fan of the cushioning. It's not pillowy soft, but rather it's supportive and keeps me low to the ground. There was a brief break-in period, but nothing to worry about. This shoe was comfortable with minimal effort."
When Karly first tried on the shoes she was a little worried about the break-in period, saying, "These shoes seemed to be very stiff, and I thought they would take a while to break-in, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that period was very minimal. I thought they felt broken-in after about the first hour of playing in them. After the slight break-in period the comfort was pretty average for me. "
Brittany echoed the sentiments of the other playtesters. She said, "I found these shoes to be fairly comfortable. During the first hit I felt the upper to be on the stiffer side, but after a small break-in period of two to three hours the shoes loosened up and were match ready. I would describe the cushioning as firmer and more supportive versus a pillowy soft feel. Additionally, I found extra room in the forefoot for my narrow feet, and I wasnÕt able to get the perfect fit."
Ventilation - Score: 2.5
The playtesters unanimously agreed that the ventilation could use some improvements, as the plastic upper trapped the heat within the shoe during play. Tiffani summed it up in one sentence, stating, "Ventilation is not a highlight of the Tempaia II. There are few breathability features in this shoe, and it really can heat up. It's not so bothersome that it would deter me from wearing the Tempaia II, but this shoe is not comfortable to wear after playing."
Karly agreed, finding the lack of ventilation prevented sweat from being wicked away. She said, "I thought the Tempaia IIs were extremely warm shoes. Their poor ventilation left my feet feeling overheated and my socks very damp. Whether I was on the court playing or walking around off the court, my feet felt very heated wearing them. The breathability was something that definitely could've improved."
Also struggling with the lack of ventilation was Brittany. She said, "This was my least favorite aspect of the shoe. There was absolutely no ventilation, and my feet would get very hot and sweaty after just a few minutes on court. There were a couple perforations on either side of the shoe, but they did not go all the way through to the inside of the shoe and looked to be more cosmetic than functional."
"Like the other playtesters, the ventilation was disappointing for me," said Siobhan. "The only place with mesh is the tongue, and that's so padded that it doesn't increase breathability. I think adidas just didn't focus on incorporating ventilation into the design of the shoe. There is just nowhere for the sweat to go, particularly when you're playing outside in the heat. It wasn't unbearable, and in fact, I liked these shoes a lot, I just think this was not as high quality as the rest of the shoe."
Arch Support - Score: 4.0
The arch support of the Tempaia IIs provided enough support and comfort to satisfy all of our playtesters. Brittany's arches were very happy in the Tempaia IIs. She said, "They had a nice amount of support and I didn't have any break-in issues or placement problems. No complaints from my slightly lower than medium arches!"
Karly echoed Brittany's positive comments, saying, "I thought the arch support was good. They didn't hit me at an awkward place and I didn't experience any pain, so I didn't have any issues with the arches."
Finding the arch support to be more than adequate was Siobhan. She said, "I have nothing to complain about in this area. It fit the shape of my foot well and didn't bother me during play."
"The arch feels fine to me," said Tiffani. "I can feel it, but it hits my foot correctly and offers the right amount of support."
Foot Support/Stability - Score: 3.8
While the wider style had our testers experiencing a little bit of sliding within the Tempaia IIs, the great stability and support had them moving aggressively. Singing the shoes' praises was Siobhan, who said, "I thought the stability was great, and probably one of the top reasons I felt comfortable moving all over the court. I really liked this as a high performance shoe in this aspect. One thing I noticed was that the slightly wider fit of the shoe had me lacing them a bit tighter than I would normally with other shoes. It's not a hindrance, it's just something that I had to make sure I did before I hit, otherwise I just felt a little unsure of myself because I would slip a little inside the shoes."
Tiffani felt pretty confident with her footwork when wearing these shoes. She offered, "I like that it has a wider base in the forefoot than some other speed-oriented shoes to give me a better platform of support and stability. The only issue I have is that it runs slightly too wide for me in the heel. I can feel the back half of my foot slide around. It's a weird sensation, and it took me a while to get used to the feel when I was stopping."
Brittany echoed the positive feedback on support and stability. She added, "I felt very confident playing in these shoes. I thought the stability was great, and the low-to-the-ground feel worked with the supportive ankle collar to give me extra protection against ankle rolls. As I mentioned previously, I had a small issue with the wide toe box, which allowed my feet to move side to side in the forefoot when I was moving aggressively. It was a lot less noticeable when I wore an extra pair of socks, but then the lack of ventilation came into play."
Karly liked the stability, stating, "The support and stability was good. I never felt like I was going to twist my ankle and I was able to make quick starts and stops without hesitation. I did experience a little bit of sliding within the shoe because the forefoot is longer and wider than most shoes, but even with that slight movement within the shoe I was confident that my ankles weren't going to roll."
Sole Durability - Score: 3.5
Sole durability had some mixed feedback. Karly liked the durability but wished for a little more weight to the sole, saying, "The sole durability was OK. I never wore through the sole, and for their weight I thought they did an average job of staying intact. However, I started to notice a little bit of wear after about five hours of play, and it was a little discouraging to see that wear starting somewhat quickly."
Brittany was pleasantly surprised with the durability of such a lightweight shoe. She said, "I wore these shoes a fair amount and put many hours on them. I thought these held up to the best of the other lightweight shoes I've tried. However, when comparing them to all the shoes I've tested I would rate these slightly below average. I had smoothing underneath my big toe and down the side. I also noticed the adiPRENE+ cushioning was balding on the medial side of my right shoe, and I had taken off a small layer of it."
On the flip side was Tiffani, who offered, "The tread pattern started to smooth after just a few hours. This is a shoe built for quick, agile movement around the court rather than being built to be a tank. I am going to go through these shoes pretty quickly."
Siobhan agreed with Brittany, "The shoe held up pretty well for the amount of hours I wore it. I played a lot with this shoe and I was pleased with the results. There was some wearing down of the tread, but with the weight of the shoe this didn't come as a surprise. I thought that the sole quality was totally acceptable in the durability department despite the balding on the medial side of the forefoot."
Toe Durability - Score: 3.8
Our two toe draggers felt that the shoe did a good job of protecting the upper of the shoe from any rough treatment. Finding the quality of the upper to be reasonably resistant to her toe dragging was Tiffani. She said, "The toe is holding up much better than the outsole for me. The bumper is plenty high, and I've done little damage despite my toe-dragging habit."
Brittany had nothing but compliments for the toe durability of this shoe. She said, "The toe bumper was thick and provided plenty of protection. An additional bonus was that the toe bumper met with the adiTUFF material, adding even more protection on the top of the shoe."
Traction - Score: 3.8
Most of the playtesters found the traction to be effective and efficient, and really liked this quality of the Tempaia II over the entire playtest. Karly was a little bit on the fence after she'd worn the shoes for a while, although she thought the Tempaia IIs had decent traction. She said, "I didn't have any issues stopping and starting, and I never slipped when changing direction. I noticed a little bit of difference in the tackiness as the sole worn down; my pivoting wasn't as distinct, but there was still enough traction to keep me from slipping."
Brittany followed with a glowing response, saying, "I put the traction of this shoe to the test right away. My first hit with them was an intense practice with lots of quick movements and changes of direction. I felt very centered and balanced when I was pushing off the outside shoe and was able to really grip the ground. This continued throughout the playtest and was one of the main reasons I enjoyed playing singles matches in this shoe. "
Not quite sold on the traction was Tiffani, who said, "The new outsole pattern seems to accommodate those who like to slide in and out of their shots -- even on hard courts. I am not of this generation! I like to stop and hit, then take off again. I noticed the shoe allowing a little bit of slide, but it was very controlled at the same time. I never felt unsafe, but I prefer to come to a full stop when I'm hitting my groundstrokes."
Siobhan had high praise for the Tempaia II's traction. She said, "The traction was surprisingly good, and I only say surprisingly because I was a little distracted by the sparkles on the sole and may have judged the shoe by its cover. It holds its own on court and really performs. I didn't slip at all, and it was incredibly efficient to change direction, which is where I sometimes lose confidence in shoes. "
Weight - Score: 4.5
Positive responses for weight were repeated by all the players, who liked the way their footwork benefited from the light weight. Brittany had absolutely no complaints with the weight, saying, "This was a nice lightweight shoe that was perfect for intense practices and match play. I felt quick on the court and thought there was a good balance of support and weight. I tend to lean toward a lighter tennis shoe, and I would say this shoe hit the mark. This is definitely not the lightest shoe out there, but the weight felt in proportion to the rest of the shoe."
Commenting on the structural make-up of the shoe was Siobhan. She said, "Considering how little mesh this shoe has it is actually really light. I felt swift around the court and didn't think about having to pick my feet up when I moved. I feel like the Tempaia IIs did a good job of mixing comfort with weight, without sacrificing anything for either. "
Tiffani was zipping around the court in the Tempaia IIs. She said, "The lightweight feel is definitely a highlight of the Tempaia IIs. It allows for quick, easy movement on the court while maintaining a good level of comfort."
Karly had nothing but great things to say about the lightweight feel. "The weight was my favorite thing about these shoes! I was able to react quickly and move fast on the court without feeling like I was being weighed down at all. I loved how light they felt on my feet."
Overall - Score: 3.8
Siobhan - "The color, the weight, and the way I was able to move confidently all over the court."
Tiffani - "The all pink cosmetic is great, plus I like the weight and prefer the wider forefoot fit over the original."
Brittany - "I liked the lightweight feel paired with solid support and traction."
Karly - "The weight and the cosmetics. I loved showing off these lightweight shoes so I wore them off the court often."
Siobhan - "The ventilation and how the width made me have to lace it tighter to keep my foot in securely."
Tiffani - "They ran a little long and the ventilation was subpar."
Brittany - "My biggest complaint would be the ventilation. Also, the fit in the forefoot was a bit too wide for my narrow foot."
Karly - "I didn't care for how warm they felt on and off the court. I thought the ventilation needed the most improvement."
Compared to others:
Siobhan - "I would put this shoe in the category of Asics' Gel Resolution 4 and Nike's Zoom Courtlite 3 for the stability, traction and feel on court, but the wider fit sets them apart."
Tiffani - "From the adidas line, the CC Divine and CC Ivy would be the predecessors of this shoe in terms of being a lightweight speed shoe. This one, however, fits wider and is much less ventilated. The upside, though, is I find these to be much better in terms of support."
Brittany - "I would say this shoe is a mix of the Lunar Speed 3 for break-in and similar comfort, the adidas Barricade 7 for weight and stability, and the original adidas adizero Feather for feel and traction."
Karly - "They reminded me of the Nike Courtlite 3s -- they were light, low to ground, and had about the same traction and sole durability."
Playtester Foot Types:
Siobhan - Medium width, Medium arch
Tiffani - Wide width, Low arch
Brittany - Narrow width, Medium arch
Karly - Medium width, Medium-low arch
Review date: October 2012. If you found this review interesting or have further questions or comments please contact us.
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