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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Competition

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.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 8.3oz
Women: 7.1oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The mesh material used for the upper unit of the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5 is soft and breathable, keeping the skin comfortable at all times.
  • The upper adapts to the type and shape of the foot, bringing a secure coverage without making it feel too tight.
  • Suede overlays ensure more security to the foot, adding more snugness.
  • Many runners appreciated the mid-sole unit of this running shoe, which features molded EVA and boot™ technology for comfort and springiness.
  • The different color schemes that are available for this model make it appealing to many runners.
  • Continental Rubber and ADIWEAR make the outsole unit more formidable against wear and tear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners felt that the upper was a bit irritating to the skin when worn barefoot for longer periods of time.
  • Some didn’t appreciate the lack of reflective coating to make evening runs easier and safer.

Bottom line

Featuring a slightly wider fit than the previous version, the 5th iteration of the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost makes daily running more enjoyable and easier to do. Its durable and reliable nature allows it to function well as a racing shoe, taking on fun runs and even marathons.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 140 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
26%
3 star
7%
2 star
2%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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86 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The fit is snug but more relaxed than the Adios, likely due to use of a wider last, and there’s a lot of cushioning and outsole rubber to go around too.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    Given the low-volume fit and foot-hugging upper materials, the Boston is best for narrower feet.

  • 90 / 100 by Jamie Pang • Jamie Pang • Level 3 expert

    You can say that the B5 is purpose-built to get the non-elite runner (elites would probably have opted for the Adios) from point A to B as quickly as possible, nothing fancy, no blings.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek Oxley • Level 3 expert

    You certainly get an energy return with every foot strike.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Connor • Level 3 expert

    The adidas Boston 5 blends lightweight performance with springy cushioning to create a versatile shoe, fast enough for up-tempo workouts while having sufficient cushioning for daily training.

  • 90 / 100 by Active • Active • Level 2 expert

    Overall, this shoe is comfortable and fast and is an appropriate racing day shoe.

  • 100 / 100 by Runner's World • Brian Hendricks • Level 1 expert

    Wow, what an amazing shoe

  • 98 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek • Level 1 expert

    The Adidas Adizeo Boston Boost is a strong contender for the number one spot in my line up.

  • 93 / 100 by Run Blog Run • Larry Eder • Level 1 expert

    The more I wear Boost, the more I like the light weight and comfortable cushion. They're snug in the toe box, pretty fast feeling. They rate very high, in my opinion.

  • 92 / 100 by 220 Triathlon • Helen Webster • Level 1 expert

    Not tri-specific, but for fast efforts these are the best we’ve tried.

  • 79 / 100 by Front Runner • John • Level 1 expert

    So far I've done about 150 kilometers in them on a mixture of road, light trail and at the track and been remarkably impressed, for me, it's a huge return to form and I'm glad to be able to welcome the Bostons back to my regular rotation of shoes.

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Updates to Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5

  • The 5th version of the Adizero Boston Boost from Adidas makes runners feel more confident and secure when handling their daily runs. It has a design that follows the shape of the wearer’s foot, hugging it snugly and tautly, but never too tightly. The compound and systems used for this model are all of high quality, so wearers can be assured of long-term service and performance that’s consistent.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a fabric technology that adapts to many foot types. It accommodates the natural shape of the wearer’s foot and doesn’t go against it, but rather work with it to make it feel secure. Moisture and heat exchange is afforded by the inner lining, which utilizes a mesh material that keeps the interior cool and dry.
  • The mid-sole unit combines the effective and helpful mechanics of traditional Ethylene vinyl acetate foam and the boost™ technology. Standing on the platform lets the runner feel immediately comfortable. It’s not stiff or unwieldy. It allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle, though a mid-foot torsion system stabilizes the foot as it goes through the motions of lifting off the ground.
  • Two highly protective systems work when it comes to the outsole unit of the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5. The ADIWEAR is a proprietary technology that’s created to keep the sole unit safe from wear and tear. It also gives reliable traction. Placed in the heel area, this one handles impact and abrasion in the rear section. Continental Rubber in the forefoot gives traction on both dry and wet surfaces.

Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5 size and fit

The Adizero Boston Boost 5 runs a bit small. It is recommended to purchase ½ size up in order to get the right fit for you. The available width is medium; thus it is able to accommodate the runners who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot, making it easier for runners to acclimate well to it.


Outsole

ADIWEAR is a protective technology placed in the heel section of the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5. Made from high quality rubber, it ensures durable protection and grip on the surface. It doesn’t have a substantial weight, making it easier for runners to lift the shoe without feeling the platform dragging them down.

Continental Rubber is another outsole technology that’s used in this running shoe. It is able to provide traction on surfaces that are both dry and wet. Placed in the forefoot area, it’s going to add more oomph to the surface control the runner gets when performing.


Midsole

A combination of EVA or Ethylene vinyl acetate and boost™ technologies make the platform more responsive and agreeable to the movement and performance of the foot. The springiness of the mid-sole allows the runner to be more enabled to land and lift the foot with ease and comfort.

A TORSION SYSTEM is placed in the mid-foot section of the mid-sole. It keeps that section rigid. It also assists the foot as it goes through the gait cycle, stabilizing it and then leading it towards a better and more efficient toe-off.


Upper

The FORMOTION mesh is a technology that allows the wearer to feel the upper wrap around their feet in a snug and secure manner. It hugs the foot well, following its shape and structure, but it doesn’t make the coverage tight or uneasy. Air is even enabled to enter the interior chamber because it has an open construction.

The Coolever mesh lining manages moisture and heat. It keeps the interior dry and free from odor-causing wetness, while also maintaining a cool interior environment.