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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
$160
Weight
Men: 10oz
Women: 8.7oz
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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 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Engineered Stretch Mesh in the Energy Boost 2 ESM provides a natural feel while allowing a breathable environment for the foot.
  • The Techfit or the synthetic overlays offer security for the runner as they work in tandem with the lacing system.
  • Runners generally welcomed the moisture wicking capability of the fabrics found in the tongue and collar.
  • Stability is generated by the TORSION system, a unit in the mid-sole that cradles the mid foot.
  • The Energy Boost mid-sole absorbs impact and then converts it into usable energy for the runner with every step.
  • The AdiWEAR outsole provides grip and durability for a much better control over the surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the Boost 2 ESM was one size smaller than their usual choices.
  • Others felt that the sole unit was a bit stiff and unwieldy.
  • A few noted that the outsole unit deserved more rubber to fully protect the unit from wear and abrasion.

Bottom line

The Energy Boost 2 ESM from Adidas offers a lot of service and protection to those who need it. It’s a reliable running shoe for those who want to get extra stability during their runs.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 299 ratings

5 star
68%
4 star
23%
3 star
5%
2 star
1%
1 star
3%

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 8 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 by Average Dude 604 • Average Dude 604 • Level 2 expert

    I have tested this shoe on short and long distance run and I must say that the cushioning system is great for all types of run.

  • 93 / 100 by Knicksdb • Knicksdb • Level 1 expert

    This is a really great performance running shoe. It’s probably one of the best.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Monkey • Running Monkey • Level 3 expert

    The durable ‘ADIWEAR’ outsole has decent spread and multi-directional traction, which we found worked just as well in wet weather conditions; always a bonus to find a shoe that’s going to be useful year-round.

  • 88 / 100 by Brobible • Brobible • Level 1 expert

    Unlike the minimalist shoes of several competitors, these have a lightweight, breathable feel, but with all the stability and style you need.

  • 85 / 100 by Because Why Not • Because Why Not • Level 1 expert

    It has a spring back, a little bouncy feel.

  • 83 / 100 by Footballerz Italy • Footballerz Italy • Level 1 expert

    The upper is great and the soleplate does its job in every ground.

  • 80 / 100 by Potomac River Running Store • Daniel • Level 1 expert

    The ESM upper also features the 360 degrees sock-like fit offering superior arch support and overall better fit.

  • 72 / 100 by Tech Smart • Mike Joubert • Level 1 expert

    I felt I needed more rubber between my feet and the road. 

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Updates to Adidas Energy Boost 2 ESM

  • Nothing less than a new 4-way stretch upper is introduced in the Energy Boost 2.0 ESM. The updated Engineered Mesh Upper, which is where the shoe also gets its name from, is softer, more durable, and has better adaptability to accommodate narrow or wide feet.
  • While the Energy Boost ESM remains to be a road shoe, Adidas added the gusseted tongue in the 2nd edition to keep off dirt and road debris from getting inside the shoe. The tongue also has moisture-wicking properties for a truly handy part of this shoe.
  • The Boost midsole goes full-length in this version, which should make cushioning consistent and with better bounce back features.

Adidas Energy Boost 2 ESM size and fit

The standard fit and sizing of the Energy Boost 2.0 ESM are essentially the same as the original model with just a tad more room in the toe box. It has a very average fit all throughout, but will accommodate a wide variety of runners to more volume in the toe box and the highly-adaptable stretch upper. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The full-contact outsole is enhanced by Adiwear technology for superior durability and traction even in wet conditions.


Midsole

The all-new Boost midsole delivers premium, responsive cushioning. It is a midsole technology that uses blown thermoplastic pellets that combine together to absorb shock and then release the force of the impact for a dynamic run. Included in this shoe’s midsole is the Torsion System or a TPU shank that lets the heel and forefoot act independent of each other. Besides aiding smoother transitions, this feature also enhances the torsional integrity of the shoe.


Upper

An engineered 4-way stretch mesh is where the shoe partly owes its name from. This new upper mesh is very breathable and comfortable to the skin. It adapts very well to the runner’s foot and makes the shoe versatile where the fit is concerned. There are printed overlays and synthetic materials forming the support and structure of this shoe.