We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Energy Boost 3 looked visually endearing to a lot of runners.
  • This shoe was versatile enough that it enabled many users to wear it for running sessions, workouts and casual walks.
  • The mid-sole unit was able to deliver reliable and responsive cushioning, noted a runner.
  • Some testers noticed that the technology used in the mid-sole really caused each step to be springy.
  • A reviewer wrote that the mid-foot support unit in the platform helped them in achieving a smooth and stable gait.
  • Several runners thought that the Energy Boost 3 was an example of a perfect marriage of support and cushioning.
  • The grip of the outsole was reliable, according to testers.
  • Reviewers lauded the overall quality and durability of this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The rigid plastic stripes or overlays that are placed on the upper unit caused the fabrics to rub against the skin of some testers, causing discomfort.
  • A runner commented that the lacing system wasn’t able to reach the ball of the foot; they felt that they weren’t able to adjust the fit securely enough.
  • The tread of the outsole wore off on a few runners, thus exposing the mid-sole to abrasion and reducing traction.

Bottom line

Many runners were able to get quality service from the Adidas Energy Boost 3. For them, it’s a reliable option for their running sessions. It looked appealing and it felt great for their feet. Inversely, some testers observed that the upper unit was a bit uncomfortable, and a few felt that the durability of the outsole left a lot to be desired. But this neutral road shoe generally performed well for the majority of consumers.


  • Terrain


    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.

  • 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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
    Women: 9.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jan 2016
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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | RIZKNOWS

    They feel like more of a continous shoe. They got a bootie-lie construction almost not quite like the ultra boost but almost that way and the upper is better.

  • 90 / 100 | JJ Kickz

    They just feel so good. They feel amazing.

  • 78 / 100 | Solereview

    This is one of those updates when you can do perfectly well with not buying it, and instead stick to the previous version.

  • 81 / 100 | Fueled by LOLz

    To me, these feel the most similar to Newtons because of how bouncy they are.

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Updates to Adidas Energy Boost 3

  • The 3rd version of the Energy Boost brings back the full-length Boost midsole that delivers efficient energy-return properties for a smooth and responsive ride.
  • The Energy Boost 3 comes with a new outsole design that gives impressive traction. It also gives added cushioning for a cushy feel. The durability of the shoe’s outsole was also enhanced, for a long lasting running experience.
  • The upper was also enhanced to deliver a more flexible and breathable upper without affecting the weight. The upper was engineered to give a seamless, sock-like feel.

Adidas Energy Boost 3 size and fit

The fit and sizing of the Energy Boost 3 was not affected by the changes. It is still available in a standard running shoe length and comfortably accommodates runners with regular foot shape. The heel, forefoot and midfoot are of standard size.


The Energy Boost 3 has a gender-specific outsole design that delivers enough forefoot flexibility. The outsole also utilizes the brand’s Adiwear technology that is specifically placed in high abrasion areas to avoid quick wear and tear.


The midsole utilizes the brand’s Boost Technology that offers an efficient energy-return properties and superior cushioning for a more responsive ride. This works hand-in-hand with the Adidas Torsion System that allows the rearfoot and forefoot to move naturally for a more stable heel-to-toe transition.


The upper of the Adidas Energy Boost 3 features the brand’s TechFit technology that delivers a seamless, sock-like fit. It offers added support without affecting flexibility. The strobe-lasting upper gives a more comfortable underfoot feel.