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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.

Price
$160
Width
Men: normal
Women: normal
Release date
Unknown
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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 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A sock-like fit that’s comfortable and non-irritating is afforded to the wearer because of the presence of the techfit upper.
  • A soft interior feeling is given constantly to the foot because of the smooth interior fabrics.
  • The boost™ technology makes sure to keep the foot well-cushioned at all times.
  • The ZONEMOTION outsole construction reduces the weight of the shoe, and improves flexibility, which appealed to many testers.
  • Durable ADIWEAR covers the rest of the sole unit and shields it from the abrasive nature of the roads.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It has a lightly expensive price tag.
  • A few runners would’ve appreciated it if this shoe was available in a wider width.

Bottom line

The Adidas Energy Boost 2 is a high quality running shoe that’s made to deliver sure performance, protection and security to the wearer. Its sporty look complements its efficacy as a daily runner and a dependable sports partner. It’s a solid choice for a variety of urban activities.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 194 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
21%
3 star
6%
2 star
2%
1 star
3%

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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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83 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Jeff • Level 2 expert

    I, without a doubt, would recommend these over most running shoes, including the generation one Boost. You won’t wanna take them off, you won't wanna run in anything else.

  • 86 / 100 by Kicksologists • Kicksologists • Level 1 expert

    Traction is definitely topnotch and very durable.

  • 91 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The fit is absolutely true to size (but need to half size up from Brooks or Nike due to conversion difference) with no extra room at all.

  • 85 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The forefoot overlays are reduced to 2 from 3 and the front overlay is moved a bit back from the toe which may make the feel a little more open and less constraining and directed.

  • 75 / 100 by Fellrnr • Fellrnr • Level 5 expert

    I've rated the Adios as "worth considering."

  • 91 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • The Running Shoe Review • Level 3 expert

    The foam is soft beyond belief, but responds to pressure, giving you huge amounts of energy return.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner Choice • Runner Choice • Level 3 expert

    Adidas has continuously produced running shoes that are soft, flexible, durable and comfortable.

  • 87 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Cara Bruce • Level 2 expert

    It has enough cushioning to keep it comfortable yet, on shorter runs, it’s stable enough for me, and I overpronate.

  • 86 / 100 by Bright Kicks • Bright Kicks • Level 1 expert

    Really comfortable shoe. Whether you're wearing this for [sic]casually or for performance, definitely a great shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Because Why Not? • Because Why Not? • Level 1 expert

    “Energy return” is a phrase thrown around with these shoes. When you run in them, you understand its meaning.

  • 80 / 100 by Deaf w Headphones • Deaf w Headphones • Level 1 expert

    It's a really good shoe if you're casual or running. But I think it's not so good-looking to me.

  • 78 / 100 by Facing 40 • Poppy Marler • Level 1 expert

    The laces mysteriously come untied easily for some reason.

  • 77 / 100 by Ali Hawk • Ali Hawk • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is radically different from anything else that I've worn and it takes a bit of getting used to.

  • 76 / 100 by Jules On The Run • Jules • Level 1 expert

    If you like a firmer shoe like a Mizuno or Saucony, this will definitely be too soft for you.

  • 76 / 100 by The Runner's Plate • Michelle • Level 1 expert

    The heel cup is snug and even though the laces don’t go down as far as traditional laces, my foot feels secure in the shoe.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Scarlet Neath • Level 1 expert

    The heel cup caused some minor blisters on my ankles, but by the third time I ran, they were broken in.

  • 61 / 100 by Run Smiles • Matt • Level 1 expert

    The outside collar of my right shoe rubbed my ankle the wrong way. I could tell it was going to bug me over time so I cut out the section.

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Updates to Adidas Energy Boost 2

  • Constructed with the comfort of the runner in mind, the 2nd version of the Adidas Energy Boost delivers springy cushioning, snug coverage, and sure traction on the roads. Its appealing design even allows it to work well as a casual shoe. Still, the presence of quality components and technologies ensure that the runner’s efficacy when they are tackling the urban landscapes and even races.
  • The upper unit of the Energy Boost 2 makes good use of a four-way stretch mesh that’s able to adapt to the shape and movement of the wearer’s foot. It’s great for many types of feet. A sock-like fit is even employed here, reducing skin irritation. Runners are given the option to wear this shoe without socks.
  • The mid-sole unit makes use of a full-length foam technology called boost™ in order to make each step much springier and more responsive. The foam unit doesn’t break down easily, and it even handles impact shock. Landing and lifting the foot is easier because of this high quality material. A mid-foot torsion system stabilizes the arch and assists the foot in achieving balance as it goes through the gait cycle.
  • The outsole unit of the Adidas Energy Boost 2 utilizes a rubber technology that has graced many shoes from the Adidas line. It efficiently shields the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear, extending the shoe’s lifespan. The outsole doesn’t have a heavy weight and it even encourages flexibility, which is important during toe-off.

Adidas Energy Boost 2 size and fit

The Adidas Energy Boost 2 is true to its size. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, therefore allowing medium sized feet to acclimatize well to it when wearing it. Its semi-curved shape mimics the natural curve of the human foot.


Outsole

The outsole unit of the Adidas Energy Boost 2 features the ADIWEAR, a high quality rubber unit that’s able to shield the rest of the sole unit from the harsh nature of the roads. Used liberally all over the external sole unit, it gives protection and traction, making it very helpful for the performance of the runner.

The ZONEMOTION is designed to keep the outsole as efficient and as long-lasting without the added weight. It also allows the platform to be more flexible, thus giving way for natural foot movement to take place.


Midsole

The boost™ is a mid-sole material that’s made from the amalgamation of many TPU pellets. It is able to cushion the foot well, keeping it well-supported throughout the gait cycle. It also adds springiness to each step, essentially making the toe-offs more enabled and boosted.


Upper

Four-way stretch mesh is a fabric that is able to accommodate many foot-types. It hugs the foot snugly, but it doesn’t make the coverage too tight. Air is even enabled to enter the shoe in order to keep a well-ventilated environment for the foot.

The techfit upper is a sock-like construction that’s made to allow the fabrics to move with the foot. It also reduces irritation, basically letting the wearer use this shoe even without donning socks first.

A soft step-in sensation is afforded by the GEOFIT collar, which assists in providing a more secure fit to the ankle area and the region of the Achilles tendon. So, it locks the foot in place while providing a soft feeling to the skin.

A heel clip keeps the rear of the foot in place. It works in tandem with the mid-sole by adapting to the impact and motion of the foot during the striking phase. It allows the heel to move slightly as a way to counteract the impact forces.