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839 users: 4.6 / 5
11 experts: 92 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.8oz / Women 7.5oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 10mm / Women 10mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 9.6 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • The Adizero Boston Boost 7 was an ideal shoe for fast-paced runs, according to a reviewer.
  • Many users found the shoe to be useful for long-distance running.
  • The slightly raised heel area helped in preventing foot injury, a wearer mentioned.
  • The midsole was adequately cushioned yet still responsive, a consumer noted.
  • A couple of runners were pleased with the shoe’s performance in marathons.
  • Various customers remarked that the shoe was lightweight.
  • Several users claimed the shoe was comfortable to run in right out of the box.
  • A lot of buyers praised the shoe’s style and design. Some also complimented the colorway.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers thought the shoe ran small.

Bottom line

The Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 has managed to meet users’ expectations in performance, fit, and comfort. Many praises were made regarding the shoe’s usefulness in varying running conditions, as well as the effectiveness of its features. Meanwhile, little to no problem has been encountered about sizing. Overall, customers’ emphasis on the shoe’s utility has made the Adizero Boston Boost 7 to be a worthy purchase.

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93
/100 by Devi Shetty, posted on .

First time seeing Adidas, they only come up with a lesser color option. If anyone is looking for some flashy colors while running, Boston Boost 7 is not the one.

But if you are looking for a comfortable design with good performance, then this is the one. It is absolutely one of the perfect blends of the design and the performance.

 

Size & fit

The shoe comes in regular sizes. No need to buy a large or small size to fit your feet. The material used in the shoes will make you feel better when you wear a pair of them. It will be a little uncomfortable fit for the very wide feet.

 

Comfort

I run long distances. The comfort of the shoes is so well to keep you pushed. The shoes perform and fit with good comfort for your walk or run even for the wide feet.

For the extra wide feet, the toe finger will rub to the inner layer leading a little uncomfortable. For me, this shoe is like tailormade to my feet. The comfort meter is high.

If you are used to high cushion shoe, it will take a couple of miles/couple of training session to get the comfort.

Outsole

Sole is the one which takes maximum credit when any shoes hit the road. The very well-designed sole makes the shoes lighter. The sole grips on the road very comfortable and keeps you going.

 

Midsole

The technical turns are easier and make sure you better perform well. I found the response of the midsole is just amazing to boost your run and the performance.

Even after my long runs, I have never faced any issues in my feet. I have experienced this sole is a little slippery in wet surface, and the runner should be little careful.

 

Durability

I have been using Boston 6 from quite a long time. And Boston 7 is a new member of my shoe family. Many miles have already gone with this shoe and many more to come. Planning to run a few Ultra's wearing this pair.

Breathability

The material of the mesh and the vent is so well designed and chosen to have cool running. The went on my midfoot is something very special which helps me to have comfortable, sweat-free, dry, and cool running. When compared with Boston 6, it is a little less breathable.

 

Performance

Considering my experience, Boston 6 and 7 are one of the precision shoes for performance. It has amazing quality with low cushion to feel the road/terrain and to boost your run in a different way. It is a very good shoe to have low cushion and performance together.

 

Safety & protection

As it is a road running shoes, safety and protection are not a key factor to look for. I can say the fit, design, material, sole, cushioning will ensure each step on the road is comfortable and safe. I even can say you will enjoy your blister free ride.

Boston 6 vs. Boston 7

  • There is no difference in the sole - entire comfort under the feet has been maintained as it is
  • Boston 6 is more breathable than Boston 7
  • The finger protector is little more when compared to Boston 6, if you are not wearing a right sock, it might hurt for the wide feet
  • Fewer colors available in Boston 7
  • Performs equally good

 

Positives

  • Good design for comfortable running
  • Perfect feet hugging shoes for better performance
  • The material used will help for better fit even with wide feet
  • Design for the sole is just in place to grip your run and performance
  • Material is breathable enough to have a dry and comfort running
  • Lightweight shoes will automatically push you to perform better
  • Better shoes for the long distance running
  • Worth for the money you pay

Negatives

  • A runner should be little careful while running on wet road conditions
  • Not suitable on trails
  • Limited colorways
  • A threat from nails, chances of penetrating through soft part/non-rubber areas

My experience

So far, I was using Boston 6 and made many of my friends to buy the same. Now, it’s time to have some new experience with my new pair.

I welcomed it with few running plans and the maximum duration (I ran 12 hrs wearing this). Now it's time for me to suggest this new shoe to my friends and running family to improve their training and performance.

Verdict

Adidas Boston 7 is a perfect shoe for any kind of runs. It may be a training run or a performance race; it will perform equally good and will make you feel proud for your choice.

Lightweight, perfect design, materials, breathability, fit, make it stand out. The response at each step and the push from the midsole makes you perform better and run injury free.

Overall, Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 is an amazing shoe for training and performance.

Devi Shetty | Level 2 expert Verified
My name is Devi Shetty, an Ultra runner. I have more than five years of running experience in different countries like India, England, France, and Italy. So far, I have completed 8 Ultra marathons, 12 full marathons, and 6 half and 30 km run.

93
/100 by Chris Dixon, posted on .

As soon as I pulled them out of the box, I could tell the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 were going to be a fast shoe. Lightweight and a cool design, I was ready to give them a whirl before busting them out at the Boston Marathon. 

At 8.6 ounces (size 9), Adidas boost technology, and Continental rubber outsole, the Adizero Boost 7 is built for speed while still providing some cushion.

 

Upper

The Boost 7 upper is lightweight and super breathable. With how light the upper is, I was afraid that it would either not be supportive enough or be too tight when I laced them up. 

However, I found the upper to be surprisingly stable and have had no issues with rubbing. The upper fit my foot like a glove and made for a comfortable run. The tongue kept my foot from moving around without having to tie the laces overly tight. 

Midsole

The midsoles of the 7, pack a powerful punch of speed and responsiveness without losing too much comfort. Without even thinking about it, I found myself moving at a good 30 seconds faster per mile the first time I took them out for an easy jog. 

During tempo runs, I could easily ramp up the speed without feeling a lag. They definitely put a spring in my step, but I also felt some amount of cushioning. 

Overall, I would say that speed trumps cushion in the 7; however, they are more comfortable than what you would expect in a similar shoe.

Outsole

The Boost 7 features a Stretchweb continental rubber outsole. It delivers a lot of grip and great traction. While running in wet conditions, I found no issues with slipping and got the same performance as during dry conditions. 

 

 

With the upper being lightweight and dries quickly, the Boost 7 would make a solid shoe even in poor conditions. The grip of the shoe also held up very well running on loose gravel. The outsole appears durable and able to withstand many miles.

Usage

After logging some shorter tempo runs and long slow runs, I see these as being saved for faster workouts and races up to marathon distance.

While the 7 does provide some cushioning, towards the end of one of my marathon training long runs, I could start to feel the impact on my feet slightly, so not sure if I would trust this as a daily trainer if you are logging a lot of miles.

However, it offers more protection than a traditional racing flat so it would be ideal for someone who needs just a little cushioning.

Fit

I found the shoe to run slightly smaller than expected. I didn’t end up going half a size bigger. However, it was right on the cusp where I could have. 

The toe box and really the shoe, in general, are narrow which may prompt some runners to go up half a size. Although I would have preferred slightly more room in the toe box, I have narrow feet, so I did not find this to impact me negatively.

Appearance

The Adizero Boston 7 come in a few different color schemes ranging from the not so stylish all-black to the sleek green and blue with racing stripes. Additionally, Adidas has put out Boston Marathon edition shoes which feature the official logo on the back and come in either high-res yellow or black and blue.

 

Final thoughts

The Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 is a lightweight, breathable shoe that will find a place in any serious runner’s rotation. For those who are looking for a fast tempo or racing shoe for up to the marathon distance but prefer additional cushioning over a traditional racing flat, I would highly recommend getting a pair.

Chris Dixon | Level 3 expert Verified
Hi, I'm Chris and I’ve been running now for about 6 years. My mileage varies quite a bit, but during marathon training, I tend to hit around 70 miles per week. I've completed 5 marathons and am currently training for number 6. I’m also an avid traveler and use running as a way to explore new cities that I visit.

97
/100 by Blaz Grabnar, posted on .

When I first got the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7, I was amazed! They were so light. And after 400 Strava-counted and many more uncounted track kilometers, I think it's time to review them.

 

Size, weight, and fit

Like I said, I was amazed by the lightness when I first got them in my hand (and on my feet). EU size 46 gave me the best fit like Ultraboost 4.0 and my spikes, Adidas Sprintstar, that I already owned before the Bostons.

 

 

And at that size, they are still very light at only 280 grams. This is compared to the Ultraboost's 354 grams and spikes that are made to be fast and light, the Sprintstar's, which weighs 191 grams.

 

Boston's

 

Sprintstar's

 

Ultraboost's

 

The weight was probably reduced by "taking away" some Boost foam (compared to the Ultraboosts) and using a much lighter upper, which leads us to the next section.

The upper

The upper is made out of a light mesh material that is about 30% transparent and therefore very breathable. You can literally see through the shoe in a somewhat lightened up room.

 

 

The first time I ran in them, the mesh or the lack of it caused me some problems. It was a windy day, and I just couldn't warm up my feet. But, I got used to it in about a week.

The heel frame is very thin but not any less comfortable than the Ultraboost's or the Adidas Supernova's, which are a bit too cushioned, in my opinion. 

Regardless, I had no problems with the heel frame of this shoe. I really like how the outside of it looks and goes well with the whole design.

The only minor issue I had with the shoe was at the front. The front mesh uses something extra that holds the height for your foot and toes.

When I walk, the mesh above the toes sometimes wrinkled and gives me an unpleasant feeling. But, while running, I can't feel it at all.

The laces are good, but I would still do a double knot just to make sure they hold through the 15k.

 

 

Another thing is the tongue. I don't know if I have weird feet or if there was a problem with the manufacturing of the shoe.

One of the tongues feels great and lays nicely flat on my foot, but the other one folds up, which makes it a bit uncomfortable. But it is nothing too serious.

Meanwhile, the insole is a very thin one yet feels very nice and not uncomfortable at all. The only problem I have is the wear on the outer edge of it as seen in the picture.

 

 

This happened to me on the Ultraboosts as well, but in that model, there is a soft material under the insole. With the Boston 7, it has a harder material and not comfortable to wear.

That's why I put in the insoles from the Supernova shoes instead, which are still okay.

The midsole

The midsole is mostly made out of a thinner layer of my favourite cushioning foam, the Boost foam. The midfoot part of the shoe's midsole is Boost encased in a TPU/plastic material while the very front is made out of the encashment material.

 

 

Under the heel and arch part of the foot is the iconic Boost foam, which is totally exposed. The cushioning is okay, but that is fine since this shoe isn't made for recovery or that kind of runs.

It is meant to be a shoe that allows you to feel the surface you are running on and to lose as little energy as possible from cushioning and weight. At least, that's how I understand this shoe is made for.

The outsole

The whole front and the heel part of the outsole is made of Continental rubber with a Torsion system in between.

I noticed it's less grippy on both, the track and asphalt than the Ultraboosts 4.0 and the Supernovas. The Bostons have a more hard rubber, which I don't like because you will have less grip as soon as the surface is a bit wet or frozen.

 

 

The Torsion system is also bigger, more open, and closer to the ground than the one on the Ultraboost 4.0s, thus being more affected by the ground. Given this, you might see a lot of bumps and bruises on the plastic of it.

But don't worry. It doesn't get destroyed at all even though it looks like it can't be used for one more run.

The lines on the rubber are getting less visible. But, I understand that after doing an average 80k per month from May/June, the rubber can't look the same.

Regardless, the feeling is still the same given that this is a shoe that already did 500k in terms of grip.

The feel

When I first put it on, I was in a dilemma. They felt excellent and light but as I was a spoiled runner (in terms of cushioning) coming from the Ultraboosts. They were a bit too hard for me. But, I took the chance, bought them, and got used to them.

 

 

Now, if I have to put on the Ultraboosts, I really don't feel comfortable running in them because I can't feel the actual ground underneath me. Moreover, I just sink into the foam every time I push myself off the ground when using those.

The upper is windy—very windy. And because the upper (mainly the tongue) is so thin, don't try to lace your shoes very tightly (like I do way too many times) because you might get pain on the top of your foot.

Other than that, the shoe feels great. It's a fast shoe, and lots of the times, I tend to start faster than I should and die later because it just feels great going fast in this shoe.

I have no regrets for getting it for the full price. It seems and I hope that I can still use it for a very long time before needing another shoe that is so versatile.

I do every training, from sprints to 1k repeats, and for all the longer runs in them. I also run races in them, and they really feel great each time I put them on.

One more thing about it is the look. I said in the title that it looks like a sleeper shoe since it is a fast one but looks just like a normal shoe. But, sometimes, it just looks fast as well, and I just can't stop looking at them. It really is awesome.

The score

I scored this shoe by these categories:

  • Performance: 14/15
  • Comfort: 15/15
  • Value 15/15
  • Grip 12/13
  • Weight 11/12
  • Look 10/10
  • Durability 10/10
  • Breathability 10/10

Final score: 97/100

Note that this is my personal preference, and also that I don't give a score to each shoe on the same criteria since they are not all made for the same purpose.

Thus, I can't give points for a low racing flat for bounciness/cushioning, for example. I also give more possible points to more important categories (in my opinion) as you can see.

Blaz Grabnar | Level 1 expert Verified
I got interested in running and started running competitively on the track for the local club. I run mostly middle-distance track events but also some 5k and 10k road races. My favorite brand is Adidas, and my favorite flat is the Adizero Boston 7. The spikes that I've used are the Adidas Printstar and Adizero Ambition 4. My main goal is to get good results on the track for now and later to become a good road runner.

  • In comparison with its previous versions, the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 offers the same silhouette with the almost-similar appearance, albeit there are minor differences in structural elements. The shoe promises to deliver the same lightweight and responsive ride but, at the same time, aims for improved performance with the updates it presents.
  • The shoe’s general appearance is inspired by another Adidas shoe, the Adizero Adios, while the construction and colorways form a representation of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), including shoe structure and printed decoration. It features a Microfit system for a locked-down fit.
  • The midsole still uses the boost™ technology to give the maximum responsiveness that runners know and expect. On the other hand, the outsole has been reformed to the Stretchweb and Continental® tandem of rubber compounds.

The Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 has a true-to-size fit and follows standard running shoe length and width conventions. The shoe caters to wearers with a low to moderate foot volume, as evident in its toe box height, heel width, and midfoot area. Both men’s and women’s versions are created with the medium width profile.

Adidas uses a combination of two types of rubber compounds to form the outsole of the Adizero Boston Boost 7. The Continental™ and the Stretchweb outsole materials work together to produce a shoe with a reliable grip and a fluid movement for a speedy and efficient run.

To promote a problem-free stride and a snappy toe-off, the forefoot area has Continental™ rubber. This element works by effectively providing traction on both wet and dry surfaces, as it has comparable properties as the rubber tire of a vehicle. The Continental™ outsole also helps the runner pass through inclines and downhills with ease. This feature is also present in another Adidas running shoe, the Ultraboost 19.

As the name suggests, the Stretchweb takes on the appearance of a web, and it makes up the rest of the outsole of the Adizero Boston Boost 7. This design allows the shoe to flex and to follow the runner’s motion with little resistance, therefore enabling for a comfortable and effortless pace.

The well-regarded boost™ midsole gives the Adizero Boston Boost 7 an exceptional level of underfoot comfort. It offers the wearer a luxurious in-shoe feel, while also working hard to deliver the most responsive cushioning and energized ride.

Atop the boost™ is an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) layer called the Symmetrical Energy Rail, a supportive unit that increases stability and balance, aiming to improve transitions.

Meanwhile, in the midfoot area is the Torsion® System, a thermoplastic insert that acts as a bridge between the forefoot and heel. This feature promotes stability for a smooth transition, but without the added weight.

The updated engineered mesh of the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 7 now produces a lightweight upper that is more breathable compared to its previous version. It has no overlays, as it encourages a comfortable fit without the bulk.

Instead of synthetic overlays, the upper is installed with the Microfit technology. The Microfit is a system that ensures a locked-down fit to reduce slippage and permits the foot with a snug and secure fit, letting the runner go fast without the worry of discomfort and inconvenience.

Beneath the mesh upper is a CoolOver internal lining, which absorbs and evaporates moisture within the shoe to keep the foot clean, dry, and healthy.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5.

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How Adizero Boston Boost 7 compares

This shoe: 96
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This shoe: $120
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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