Arch support
Daily running
M: 303g | W: 303g
Heel to toe drop
M: 11mm | W: 11mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The flexible upper unit provide seamless support for the comfort of the runner.

  • Runners were satisfied with the shoe's external heel counter that improves fit on the rear area.

  • The color options for the Boost ESM were appreciated by those who want more aesthetic choices.

  • The boost™ mid-sole technology offers energy returns while also making sure that the foot is well-supported.

  • A significant number of runners applauded the cushioning system of the shoe that delivers a smooth and responsive ride.

  • Reviewers noted the efficacy of the outsole rubber in terms of traction.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Adistar Boost ESM is an expensive running shoe.

  • There were complaints that the mid-sole was a bit stiff and unresponsive.

  • Most were worried that the outsole was too thin to be as efficient on a long-term basis.

Bottom line

The Adistar Boost ESM from Adidas is a running companion that testers generally enjoyed. The high quality materials that were used for the shoe work well. It’s a shoe that offers mild support in the mid-foot while being a reliable gear for neutral runners.

World wide, Adistar Boost ESM is in the top 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Adidas, is the 3rd most popular.

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4.8 / 5 based on 79 ratings

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Expert reviews

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89 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 92
    The Runner's FlatLevel 3 expert
    by The Runner's Flat
    Fits like a glove. Feels really good.
  • 90
    Lionello BardinaLevel 2 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Adistar Boost ESM brings Adidas top of line technology into a supportive shoe. So while it may be fairly (read, super) pricey compared to many similar shoes, it offers incredible comfort with boost foam thrown in to take the edge off of the otherwise hard supportive foam.
  • 79
    Vishal MahadikLevel 1 expert
    by VBM Best Reviews
    Regarding traction, its external rubber does a great job of keeping every step pressed firmly on the ground.
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Updates to Adistar Boost ESM

The Adidas Adistar Boost ESM is a running shoe that features the Techfit technology, which is a multi-sports compression design. This shoe is designed to provide runners with the right running shoe for mile after mile endeavor in full energy and support.

This shoe also features the Formotion Technology, which is an added joint that allows the foot to adapt to the surface of the ground, providing natural foot strike in a smooth transition.

The Boost Technology is also present with its boost foam of unique energy capsules that provide the springy cushioning for a more responsive ride in all comfort.

The outsole features the Continental rubber material, which offers excellent traction on wet or dry grounds. It allows the foot to have a better grip on grounds whatever the weather is.

Adistar Boost ESM size and fit

The Adidas Adistar Boost ESM is true to its size. It gives perfect and comfortable fit to medium-footed and narrow-footer runners. It is available in standard widths for both men and women.


The outsole of the Adistar Boost ESM comes with the AdiWear technology. This is a non-marking carbon rubber that provides not just the durability and protection but great traction as well. The Continental Rubber compound used is designed with the Zonemotion system for added flexibility and responsiveness even on wet grounds.


As one of the Boost, its midsole has the TPU pellets that help the Boost foam technology, thus providing soft cushioning and responsiveness. An adaptive Formotion technology allows for a natural foot strike and the Torsion system is intended to provide stability. The Formotion and Torsion System are also used to provide the support for the heel and sole for better mechanism.


The upper of the Adistar Boost ESM has an Open Mesh material. Breathability and comfort are both tackled well with this upper. The seamless sock-like fit is also provided through the TechFit technology, thus ensuring the snug fit, flexibility, and support.

There is also an External Heel counter, which is purposed to provide a better heel feel and fit while keeping the heel in full comfort and support.


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