Verdict from 7 experts and +100 user reviews

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 midsole that cradles the midfoot.
  • 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 much better control over the surfaces.

2 reasons not to buy

  • 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 Adidas Energy Boost 2 ESM is a lightweight road running shoe. It offers an average performance and a lot of protection to those who need it. It is a reliable running shoe for those who want to get extra stability during their runs.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

Same as with its original version, the Adidas Energy Boost 2, the full-contact outsole is enhanced by Adiwear technology for superior durability and traction even in wet conditions.

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.

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.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.