Diadora Equipo Atomo Shoes Review

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Italians, known for their design, their style, their Eurovision victory, their speed, their family, their life and their vitality, could you ever combine all that it means to be Italian in a running shoe? Diadora gets started. Founded in 1948, Diadora is a quintessential Italian sports brand known for its high-performance sports footwear ranging from tennis to football and motorsports, not to mention running.

Enter 2021 and Diadora is back in the US with the new Equipe Atomo, a state-of-the-art, Italian-made performance running shoe that’s a welcome addition to any shoe rotation, grazie.

Diadora Equipe Atomo review | $195

Want running shoes that make you want to put them on and put on the miles? More so, shoes you want to wear even on rest days? The Diadora Equipe Atomo is not only comfortable enough to invite you to run and feel good about while you’re there, it’s designed with a fun Italian touch to show off. However, this shoe isn’t all about looks though, as it performs on the road like a daily max-cush trainer in a lightweight package.

Heel-toe offset: 5mm (heel 29mm, forefoot 24mm)

Why it’s great: The Equipe Atomo offers maximum cushioning in a lightweight and comfortable Italian-made package. It feels great from the first step, with a plush collar and heel tab and a slightly stretchy engineered mesh upper that conforms around the foot. To boot, it looks Italian-made – a good thing – and can serve as casual wear with a European, almost retro vibe.

Who it is for: Runners who want lots of cushioning – albeit firmer than soft cushioning – but don’t want to sacrifice the weight (or the look) of their shoes.

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  • A generous stack height – 29mm under the heel and 24mm under the forefoot – absorbs shock and rebounds quickly to feel energized. It’s made of an EVA polymer blend, which is more firm and responsive than soft and squishy.
  • Despite the thickness of the midsole, this shoe remains light, especially for daily training. The midsole compound itself is lighter than some traditional EVAs, and the strategic placement of the outsole rubber also keeps things on the light side. Called Duratech-5000, the durable rubber is only placed in high-wear areas, leaving parts of the (lighter) midsole foam exposed.
  • The 5mm heel-to-toe drop is balanced and suits both heel and midfoot strikers. (Drops on the top end, like 10mm or 12mm, work best for heel strikers and may feel awkward for midfoot strikers.) Stack height and foam combination encourage an efficient stride .
  • The upper is breathable, soft, slightly stretchy and seems to conform around the foot like a gentle embrace. The extra-padded tongue prevents flat, stretchy laces from irritating the top of the foot, even when tight. It is a comfortable shoe all around.
  • This shoe is made in Italy and it shows. Red and green accent the shoe’s white to reflect the Italian flag, and gold detailing adds style. A tiny “Made in Italy” label on the laces and a small Italian flag painted on the heel will make you forget where this shoe comes from, which is the Diadora factory in the town of Caerano di San Marco in the Dolomites.

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The inconvenients

  • Some might find the padding too firm.
  • The Equipe Atomo runs about half a size small, so be sure to try it on at a specialty store before you buy to ensure you get the right fit.
  • $195 is $195.

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