A few weeks ago I got some of the new Adidas Boost shoes in the mail. I thought I would spend a while trying them out and then review them. If you have been reading this blog for a while now you’ll know I am a real Adidas fan. I started running using their Supernova shoe and love their clothing range as it is so cool and comfortable so I was delighted with the Boost shoe.
The first thing I noticed about the shoes apart from them being nice and bright purple :-) was how light they were. I bought a pair of the AdiZero range a while ago and I would say they are the same weight if not slightly heavier – so very light.
I wear orthotics so I was a bit worried whether they would fit ok but they did and I was also a bit worried they being so light might not be very hard wearing but so far so good.
I went for a few trots in them and found they took a while to get used to as my ASICs Kayano’s are much heavier but it was nice to feel that your feet were light. I think I would be more inclined to wear the shoes for racing and speed work rather than long long runs but they were nice and comfortable. I have a fairly wide foot and I found I had bags of space at the top end of my feet around the toes whereas normally I have had issues with my feet feeling cramped in some brands shoes so that was a definite winner for me although as my foot has a lot of room to move I wonder how it would cope again over a much longer distance.
I felt very cool wearing my shoes to the shops with lots of gen Y’s looking at my feet – they definitely stand out and look a bit like a fashion accessory rather than a bog standard normal pair of trainers :-)
Adidas says on its website:
The new BOOST™ foam with its unique energy capsules features a magical combination of functional benefits. Unlike any other foam it gives a soft and springy cushioning and feels ‘alive’. It energizes your running stride for more efficiency independent from the temperature and ensures maximum comfort.
I would say I did feel bouncy when running and light on my feet so that has to be good right?
So all in all I liked the shoes, loved the colour and the lightness to them. They fit very well into my training kit and as I have already purchased from their AdiZero range I like the concept of the lighter shoe I would definitely invest in another pair. I have some friends that are into bare foot running and the really really practically not there shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers but I doubt I will ever be into those – the Boost are my happy comprimise :-)