Sole Diaries: The Art of Training Adidas Springblades Review


I am so excited to be contributing to the Sport Chalet blog and have you all follow along as I train for my first marathon.  Earlier this year I decided that I needed to get back to taking care of me.  I, like so many women, wear many hats throughout the day: wife, mom, career woman, friend, etc.  Somehow there never seemed to be enough time for myself, and that’s when I decided to look for a marathon to train for and carve out some “me” time.

I have run a half-marathon before, but decided I wanted to do something I’ve never done before and train for a full marathon.  I saw that the Nike Women’s Marathon was happening in San Francisco in October and decided to put my name into the lottery.  When I signed up it didn’t even cross my mind that I might not get in, so I started training as soon as I put my name into the lottery. Something inside me just knew I would make it, and I did!  As a new marathoner I am learning as I go and look forward to sharing the tips and tricks I learn.

Working with Sport Chalet has been an amazing experience, with great perks in helping me train like getting to try out new products.  One of the first products I received was a pair of the new Adidas Springblades.  The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was that the soles were made up of 16 individual “blades” instead of a solid sole like most running shoes. These blades are to help propel you forward with each step.  I loved how lightweight the shoes were as well as the color combo. They’re pink, one of my favorite colors! When I first tried them on I was surprised how well my heel fit in the shoe.  I have narrow heels and this is always a problem area for me with slippage.  These shoes run big, so I would suggest sizing down at least a half size. I went down a half size, but feel I could have gone down a full size as the top part of my foot would move around when I was running, because I had extra room in the toe box.  It was a very roomy mid-foot and not as snug of a fit as I would like.  Though I was surprised again at how well my heel stayed in place while running.  I did notice extra “bounce” from the blades while running, but since the front of my feet were moving around it seemed to slow me down overall.  I am happy I was able to try the Springblades as they are definitely statement shoes.  I would recommend these shoes for short runs.


Looking forward to sharing more of my adventures along the way.  You can follow along on my journey via my Twitter or Instagram, or the #SCExperts hashtag.

Jennifer Margolin

Jennifer Margolin is a San Francisco-based fashion stylist, luxury brand consultant, digital strategist, trend forecaster and Mom. Jennifer will be running her first full marathon, Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco on October 20, 2013. Never afraid to make a statement, Jennifer has a welcoming personality and discerning eye for fashion that she's always willing to share with her audience and clients - in addition to her self-proclaimed addiction to shoes. Join us as we she shares her training tips and product reviews for marathon newbies. More information can be found about Jennifer at

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  1. Loved reading this! Great review on the shoes and so stoked to hear about your training regime!! Reminds me that I need to get my butt in gear – Thanks Jen!!

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