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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
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Heel to toe dropMen: 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 heightMen: 26mm
Forefoot heightMen: 16mm
Release dateJan 2017
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A commuters dream shoe: The Adidas Pure Boost
You won't choose to run in these for lengthy runs, but they are excellent for short runs or getting around town. The incredible comfort and stylish design will make sure you get where you need to go with comfort and style if you can swallow the heavy price tag.
Adidas didn't fail with this iteration of Pure Boost. Its simple design allows you to wear it running, to the gym, or use it for casual use. You can slip this shoe on, run around town, and arrive in style.
I purchased the all-white variant, and even though I beat the shoe up, it never became that dirty. Now I wash my shoes regularly, but other than yellowing in the Boost material I couldn't find any issues with it.
That being said if you run in a muddy environment I would stick to one of the darker colors.
The Adidas PureBoost comes with a supportive upper, that doesn't minimize breathability. Although great for long hot runs, running in the rain will not be an enjoyable experience. The Boost material gets wet quickly, and with the lack of an insole, your foot pounds the wet Boost with every stride. Learn from my experience, be home before the rain starts!
The tongue on the PureBoost is interesting. Adidas used a “taco” style folding tongue which at first made me worried.
Three layers of any material covering your foot from fresh air is a bad idea, right? Well, somehow Adidas made this awkward tongue breathable and somewhat functional.
I can’t say the tongue is poorly designed because it works fine, but I don't understand why they had to make it so difficult. There was one spot on the bottom of the tongue where all three layers are sewn together which caused irritation around the toe.
PureBoost fit true to size with me. The upper is less stretched than competitors like the UltraBoost, but this shoe has a wider toe box so you should be fine even with wider feet like me.
The upper is less stretchy than a PrimeKnit upper, but for a shoe made for the city, it works great. Your foot feels solid and doesn't slip around when making sharp city street corner turns.
The mesh style upper covers most of the shoe, except the heel. The inner heel has a very comfortable soft material for a more comfortable fit. A taller pair of socks is almost necessary as the tall heel counter can cause irritation to most runners.
Although this is a neutral and minimal shoe, it is still very comfortable while being lightweight. It doesn’t offer as much cushioning as the Ultra Boost we have all come to love, but where it loses on cushioning, it gains in overall contact with the ground.
Don’t count on running with these on anything but road surfaces. The thinner boost midsole means that your foot will take a larger impact of all the rocks and uneven terrain you run on. As an under-pronator, I enjoyed the wider Boost midsole in the forefoot. There was a lot of support and cushioning of the lateral side of the foot making it a much more comfortable run.
With this iteration of PureBoost, Adidas decided not to include an insole with the shoe. When you put the shoe on, you are stepping on the Boost foam itself. This places your foot closer to the ground, but as mentioned before running on rocks and other debris can cause pain in your foot.
What I recommend is going a half size up, if your current size is already tight, and putting in a thin insole. It changes the shoe from being a 10k max recommendation to a half marathon capable shoe.
It’s crazy how much a good insole can do! While you're changing the insole, swap the laces too. The ones that come stock are nice and stylish but come untied making them a no-go for performance-based runs.
As with most Boost runners, this shoe still offers a great amount of cushioning without sacrificing energy return.
The 8mm heel-toe drop allows for a more responsive and neutral performance encouraging you to go fast. If you're looking for a sprinting shoe, look elsewhere. They make this shoe for those mid distances where you need a good balance between responsiveness and comfort.
The stretchweb outsole was very flexible. It allowed for a comfortable run with easy transitions.
We did not see a return of the Continental rubber outsole on this shoe, but the rubber outsole was a bit thicker than its Continental branded counterpart.
The outsole still has plenty of life left after about 100 miles of long recovery runs, tempo runs, and getting around campus.
Although not as durable and grippy as its Continental rubber counterpart, the EVA rubber outsole wears well and you can expect to get a few hundred miles of use.
I would recommend adding an insole to these shoes. It makes for a more comfortable ride without adding much weight or complexity. The responsiveness is about what you would expect if you have worn a Boost midsole shoe before. Great for running distance, not so great for super fast runs.
If you need a versatile shoe, look no further than the Adidas PureBoost. With great cushioning, a responsive run, and impressive looks you can wear this thing for any occasion. Take it on a distance run, run to the coffee shop, or just hit the gym for a few hours. It does it all. Just make sure your back home before it rains!
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This shoe is probably the most wide foot friendly Adidas shoe on the market.
These things look and feel great.
Compared with the Adidas Supernova or Ultra Boost, which also have a Boost midsole, the Pure Boost is lighter, less cushioned and aimed at faster road sessions rather than longer training runs.
Updates to Adidas Pure Boost
- The Adidas Pure Boost is a running shoe that’s built for the neutral runner. The contemporary design follows the trends of today, utilizing a knitted fabric to make up the upper unit. The tongue system is also unique because it’s not separate from the main frame of the shoe; instead, it’s a double-folded part of the main upper fabric, thus emphasizing its one-piece construction.
- The function of this shoe is to accommodate runners, but it’s also geared towards the casual shoe enthusiasts who want a comfortable underfoot experience in a visually endearing façade. There aren’t a lot of frills in this shoe, so it doesn’t look bulky.
- Boost is the mid-sole foam of the Adidas Pure Boost. It carries the foot responsibly and keeps it cushioned throughout the running session. It’s designed to be responsive and flexible. The full-length platform is shielded by a rubber compound. It even extends to the medial mid-foot side of the sole unit to deliver some support to the runner.
Adidas Pure Boost size and fit
The Adidas Pure Boost has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular preferences of people. The available width is medium. It doesn’t have a women’s specific construction, so the equivalent sizing in the men’s version is applied for female purchasers. Its semi-curved shape accommodates the natural curve of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Adidas Pure Boost makes use of the STRETCHWEB, which is a rubber compound that shields the mid-sole foam from the abrasive nature of the pavement. It has a contact-pods that are connected by sections of rubber, thus evoking a web-like look. It is also responsible for surface traction.
The rubber compound extends to the medial mid-foot part of the mid-sole. Its purpose is to deliver a bit of support to the underfoot, thus allowing a natural trek through the gait cycle.
The underfoot platform of the Adidas Pure Boost is made up of the Boost technology. This full-length foam is actually made up of thousands of cushioning pellets that have been molded together into a singular unit. It brings a springy and well-rounded step.
The Knit is used for the upper unit of the Adidas Pure Boost. It’s a breathable cloth-like material that aims to keep the foot comfortable and well-ventilated.
A sock-like interior construction is employed in this model. The smooth inner frame allows runners to wear this shoe without socks as it prevents skin irritation.
The tongue is made up of the same Knit material. It’s actually just a part of the main upper, only double-folded to give the impression of a shoe-tongue.
Circular laces adjust the fit to the preference of the wearer.
External heel counters in the medial and lateral sides of the shoe hold the rear of the foot and keep it in place.