The adidas Torsion system has been a mainstay in the brand’s performance shoe offerings

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No. 10 –  adidas D Howard Light

Sport: Basketball
Year Released: 2011

Dwight Howard's latest is super lightweight thanks to a Sprintweb frame and a molded, perforated vamp. While the modeled heel counter keeps you locked into position, the Torsion midfoot keeps your foot engaged for fast moves on the court.

$125

No. 9 – adidas Supernova Glide 5

Sport: Running
Year Released: 2011

The favorite running shoe for those seeking a little extra support or putting in the extra mileage, the adidas Torsion system works with a Continental rubber outsole and a Formotion midsole, designed to adapt to your foot while supplying it with the extra guidance and support it needs.

$120

No. 8 –  adidas Samba Millennium Leather Indoor

Sport: Indoor Soccer
Year Released: 2011

The classic Samba soccer shoe continue to evolve to fit player’s needs. This indoor shoe is equipped with a full grain upper, a durable synthetic liner, and a die-cut EVA midsole, all set off by the Torsion technology in the midfoot.

No. 7 –  adidas Boost Energy

Sport: Running
Year Released: 2012

Too early to tell if this technology will meet the success of the Boston or the Adios, but the brand has major plans for the bouncy TPU technology. The Torsion mid foot supplies a smooth transition for the satisfyingly bouncy ride.

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No. 6 –  adidas Adizero Takumi-sen

Sport: Running
Year Released: 2012 (in the US)

This sneaker is somewhat of a legend in Japan, recently making its debut here in the States. Weighing in at 6.4 oz (!) the racer is equipped with both Adiprene+ and an upper made from a blend of performance mesh and suede. If you are looking for a super luxurious racer, meet the Takumi-sen.

$150

No. 5 –  adidas Crazy Fast

Sport: Basketball
Year Released: 2010

A team favorite for high school and college athletes, the Crazy Light got a good bit of attention at this past weekend’s All Star Game, as the lightweight Sprintweb frame worked with the Torsion system support for players seeking stability and speed on the hardwood.

$105

No. 4 –  adidas Adizero Ghost 2.0

Sport: Basketball
Year Released: 2011 

A favorite of Serge Ibaka, the Torsion-equipped 2.0 allows shooting guards to make quick moves on the court without sacrificing flexibility.

$80

No. 3 – adidas Boston 3

Sport: Running
Year Released: 2011

Weighing in at 9.3 oz with Adiprene in the forefoot and heel, Torsion in the mid, and a Formotion outsole to bring it all together, this sure-footed shoe is another favorite for everyday runners and racers alike. Thanks to the lightweight construction and smooth ride, this Torsion-equipped racer makes our list at number 3.

$80

No. 2 –  adidas Barricade

Sport: Tennis
Year Released: 2011

A favorite shoe for both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, it’s not everyday you see both players in the final seed of a major tournament battling it out in matching sneakers. With an extended Torsion system and a molded EVA insole, the Adiwear-equipped outsole is ready to take on the pro’s grinding plays while keeping ankles safe.

$112

No. 1 – adidas Adizero Adios 2.0

Sport: Running / Racing
Year Released: 2010

Super lightweight at 7.4 oz, the Adios features an extended Torsion system for a mid foot and forefoot support, perfect for racers.  Go to any amateur or professional race these days and you’ll spot many of this adidas favorite among the crowd. And if that doesn’t convince you, look at the Adios’ record breaking abilities, notably worn by Patrick Makau to break the Berlin Marathon finish time in 2:03:38.

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