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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
$140
Weight
Men: 9.2oz
Women: 8.1oz
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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 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A boots-style upper offers sufficient durability and breathability.
  • Trail runners loved the way the upper keeps trail debris off.
  • The all-weather feature of the Adizero XT Boost is a coveted aspect of the shoe.
  • Sizeable lugs make running on different surfaces fun based on comments from several testers.
  • Flexibility is nicely added into the mix as agreed by many runners.
  • The fit and sizing of the Adidas XT Boost run true.
  • Most runners said that the shoe is light and nimble.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners find the heel too wide for comfort.
  • It lacks a rock protection plate that several runners would have wanted.
  • A bit pricey for some runners.

Bottom line

A very unique upper comes as the most substantial change in the XT line. The Adidas Adizero XT Boost gets a bump in the performance partly due to this upper revamp. Runners will get reliable arch support and trail-debris protection from this shoe. A slightly lower price and the presence of a rock plate would have made the Adizero XT Boost outstanding.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 18 ratings

5 star
56%
4 star
28%
3 star
6%
2 star
6%
1 star
6%

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 9 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by RunRepeat • Paul Myatt • Level 2 expert

    I am pretty impressed of the Adidas Adizero XT Boosts because they are fast, light and can tolerate pretty much any surface on shortish runs. The only downsides I can think of is that they might not suit heavier runners due to the lack of upper support and they would look a bit odd being worn if you were not running.

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    It is flexible, decently cushioned with a distinct cushion and pop from the Boost forefoot and is surprisingly stable on rougher terrain for having such an unstructured upper.

  • 88 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Adizero XT Boost is a great shoe for fast paced all terrain running, including some roads. Substantial lugs grip exceptionally well but are soft enough not to be in the way on smoother terrain and road. 

  • 82 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 4 expert

    Not perfect, but very close to everything I’m looking for in a trail shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Gear Junkie • Steve Graepel • Level 3 expert

    The Adizero has a narrow toe box, but it remains exceptionally stable underfoot due to its heel cup and plastic straps that help lock the foot in place.

  • 95 / 100 by Run Blogger • David Henry • Level 2 expert

    I really like the shoe and it ranks as one of the best I’ve tried all year.

  • 84 / 100 by Runner's World South Africa • Runner's World • Level 2 expert

    The rest of the upper is breathable, but not really suited to getting wet; whereas the continental lugs are on the large side, and – together with the extra collar – ready for muddy conditions

  • 80 / 100 by She Who Dares Runs • She Who Dares Runs • Level 1 expert

    My run went through plenty of mud, puddles, grassy banks and a little bit of a drier pathway, and there was no slippage as I hit the wet ground underneath.

  • 80 / 100 by She Who Dares Runs • Tina Chantrey • Level 1 expert

    You also get a really rugged outsole which I think makes you feel you are getting protection from harder knocks, such as when your feet hit against a larger rock. 

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Updates to Adidas Adizero XT Boost

  • Fast and sure performance over the rugged terrain is the purpose of the Adidas Adizero XT Boost. This running shoe was created to deliver specific service when tackling the unpredictable outdoor trails. A high cuff resembles a semi-long sock and it supports the ankle & keep debris off the interior environment. A lugged outsole gives this shoe a trail-specific purpose, making it efficient in handling many types of terrain.
  • A mix of lightweight textiles and mesh make up the upper unit of this running shoe. When combined, these materials create a durable, secure and comfortable coverage that’s also supportive and breathable. Synthetic overlays have been stitched onto the upper for added snugness.
  • The trails don’t stand a chance with the responsive and comfortable mid-sole unit of the Adidas Adizero XT Boost. Resilient cushioning is afforded by a full-length Molded EVA foam, which also gives the foot some springiness to each step. A proprietary cushioning system in the forefoot area affords the toe-off phase more propelling energy.
  • The outsole unit gives the runner superb performance when tackling the trails. This section of the shoe has been optimized to be specifically efficient on the rugged terrain, so durability is high, as well as multi-surface traction. It can even handle wet or slippery surfaces for sure control over the ground.

Adidas Adizero XT Boost size and fit

The Adidas Adizero XT Boost is true to its size. It is available in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements to which men and women are most acclimated. The offered width is medium, so this shoe accommodates the runner with a medium sized foot. Its semi-curved shape welcomes the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The TRAXION™ technology is an outsole design that uses aggressive lugs and a durable construction to make sure that control over the surfaces is constant and superb. Maximum grip over inclines and downward paths is very much afforded to the runner.

The Continental™ Rubber is one of the most efficient outsole compounds on the market. Initially used for racing car tires, this technology eventually paved a path for running shoes to get the same amount of high quality performance. It can handle wet and slippery ground, thus preventing accidental slips.


Midsole

The Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate serves as the immediate underfoot platform of the Adidas Adizero XT Boost. It is a lightweight, responsive yet resilient foam that delivers on its comfortable purpose. It gives a bit of springiness to the foot, so landing and toeing off becomes less of a strain to the runner. Consistent cushioning is available throughout the gait cycle.

The boost™ technology is the amalgamation of hundreds of TPU pellets that provide receptiveness and bounciness to the underfoot experience. Primarily found in the forefoot section, this unit makes each toe-off more enabled and explosive, while also retaining high quality cushioning.


Upper

A combination of lightweight textiles and mesh comprises the main upper unit of this running shoe. These materials offer secure and breathable coverage that’s long lasting and efficient. It doesn’t limit the movements of the foot, but it keeps it in a snug wrap.

Synthetic overlays have been added to deliver more security to the foot. Directly connected to the lacing system, they cause the upper fabrics to follow suit when the laces are adjusted, resulting to a customized fit.

A high cuff supports the ankle and keeps the foot in place. It hugs the foot securely, effectively shielding the interior environment of the Adidas Adizero XT Boost from infiltration of debris and other trail hazards.