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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    Use

    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
    Price
    $160
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10oz
    Women: 8.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 9mm
    Women: 9mm

    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
    Heel height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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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.

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86 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

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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.