This is one of the more challenging reviews I have tackled. It was complicated by the amount of marketing hype, the amount of reviews I read, the Adidas Energy Boost is the first shoe I have run in since I broke my foot in January, and the opinion of a trusted friend and mentor Peter Larson.
I admit I am a sucker for good marketing. The marketing of this shoe was a little over the top. You might have thought they invented anti-gravity shoes. Even though the shoes were over hyped Adidas had my interest piqued. To capture the traffic from the excitement over the shoes a lot of runners posted reviews. So there were plenty of opinions rolling around in my head as I tried to generate my own. Recovering from the broken foot plays two roles in the review. First, how much of my enthusiasm for the shoe is from just being ecstatic about running again. Second, I adjusted my foot strike a little to protect the injured area. Finally, I have always trusted Pete’s opinions on running shoes, typically Pete and I agree on a shoe. This is not one of those times.
The Adidas Energy Boost upper fits like a glove. I have gotten used to shoes with wider toe boxes, at first I thought the forefoot of the shoe was going to be too tight. The material is quite stretchy and I had no issues with the fit. I actually have come to appreciate the snugness of the upper. The bounce of the thermoplastic beads that are fused together to form the midsole of a shoe takes a little getting used to. The cushioning gave me confidence to run on my healing foot. The Boost maintained a bounce throughout my runs and never seemed to diminish.
There isn’t much bad for me to report. The bouncy-ness of the shoe did create some sloppiness when running through turns. My foot runs on the narrow side so I did not have any issues with the fit of the upper. I have read reviews where people with wider feet felt the Adidas Boost was too narrow and too tight.
These shoes have a higher heel to toe drop (10.5 mm) than I was running in before my injury. To protect my foot I attempted to land further back on my foot, the extra drop helped achieve a mid/heel strike. I do wonder how I would have reviewed the shoes before the injury since I preferred more minimal shoes. I used a different pair of shoes for one run and found myself wanting to go back to the Boost. I ended up really liking the the ride and felt safe in the shoe due to the extra cushion. I also really like the way the shoe fits and looks. I ended up being a big fan of these shoes and they are reluctantly one of my favorite shoes. I really didn’t think I would like them as much as I do. The shoe won best new debute from Runners’ World, I believe this shoe merits the title.
Note on sizing: For a traditional fit, order 1/2 size up. You put a lot of energy into your run, and the men’s adidas Energy Boost shoes give some of it back. Designed with an energy-returning boost™ midsole, these running shoes feature a techfit™ upper and the TORSION® SYSTEM for support.