Verdict from 8 experts and 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Stability: Because of the Boston 10's firm midsole, wide base, and locked-in fit, all experts agree that the shoe encourages steady, surefooted steps. 
  • Ride: It's not too soft, but also not very rigid — much like the Nike React foam. It has sufficient bounce to drive the runner forward and is cushioned enough for daily training. 
  • Toe box: There is ample space for the toes to splay. 
  • Fit: Unlike other Bostons, which runners find to be on the "relaxed side," this version is leaning towards performance fit. It's snug from the heel to the midfoot and has enough give in the forefoot.
  • Durability: After logging 80 miles, there are still no signs of wear and tear on any part of the shoe. 
  • Traction: Despite running in "monsoon-like rain", testers find its grip trusty and excellent. 

4 reasons not to buy

  • Bottom-heavy: Because of the "copious" rubber coverage, the shoe is too bulky. 
  • Warm: The upper has two layers amping up comfort but making the inside too hot. So much so that runners advise against using the shoe for summer runs. 
  • Stiff: During recovery sessions, the midsole runs firm, especially in the heel. 
  • Long break-in: It took 60+ miles before the shoe "woke up," reported various reviewers. 

Bottom line

If you're a long-time Boston fan, the Boston 10 might not be your cup of tea. It's no longer your trusty lightweight, do-it-all tempo shoe. It's a maximalist daily trainer that struggles in slow and faster paces but excels in medium-paced efforts, long runs, and marathon pace. It's also a training companion to the Adios Pro.

It's not to say that it can't handle tempo paces, it's just not an explosive ride. And if you're looking for a comfortable shoe for your easy days, the Pegasus 38 might be a better option. 

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Adidas Adizero Boston 10: Who and what is it for? 

Whether you want to rake up some miles, train for your race, or run medium-paced sessions, you can rely on the Adizero Boston 10 from Adidas. It serves neutral runners who want to have maximum protection while running. And for first-time marathoners, it's also a great pick. 

However, if you're looking for a shoe that's very cushy for your easy days, this is NOT it. 

Adizero Boston 10 vs. 9: A BIG departure from the Boston DNA

When we say "BIG," we mean a complete overhaul. The 10th edition is anything but similar to old Boston models. Revamped from head to toe, experts are wondering why didn't Adidas just make a whole new line where this shoe sits better.

Peaks your interest? Read on to discover the recent changes. 

  • It's more cushioned than the 9. Gone is the Adidas Boost. The shoe now has a two-part midsole intended for stability and energy return: 
    • On the upper half, there's the Lightstrike Pro, which is softer and bouncier than the original Lightsrike
    • Below is the Lightstrike foam, found in the SL20, designed to stabilize the foot; 
  • The toe-off is amplified, thanks to the Energy Rods in the forefoot, fast and efficient transitions are promoted. 
  • It's now much more form-fitting and race-oriented, props to the new Primegreen upper. On top of that, it's a sustainable material.

With all the changes implemented, the Adidas Adizero Boston 10 is no longer a lightweight, tempo trainer. It's now classified under mid-weight training flat after gaining 2 ounces from its predecessor. 

Stability over speed

It's clear now why the Boston 10 is not just an update but a total revamp. And with such major reconstruction, the shoe redirects focus on stability rather than speed.

The combination of the wide base, better lockdown, grippy outsole, and balanced cushion creates a highly stable ride. However, what makes it struggle in fast paces is its rather stiff midsole and clunky feel.

Rankings

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.