Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The comfort excels in the Pure Boost 2.0, based on most reviews.
  • It is an all-day, everyday shoe that can be worn for social occasions, according to a good number of runners.
  • The Boost midsole foam provides unfailing responsive cushioning.
  • Some runners appreciated its lightweight nature.
  • The flexibility of the 2nd version of the Pure Boost is more than enough for natural running, noted a handful of runners.
  • It has excellent breathability because of the Air Mesh and the holes in the side panels.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There were some who found the price as too much.
  • A few others had issues with the upper durability.

Bottom line

Adidas’ aim to use a casual running shoe as a performance option in the 2nd edition of the Pure Boost continues to get mixed reactions. It sits somewhere between the middle with good arch support, excellent comfort, and nice aesthetic appeal.

Facts

Update: Adidas Pure Boost
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.5oz | Women: 8.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Grey, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | Hes Kicks | | Level 4 expert

    The upgrades that they made for the Pure Boost 2 are very significant. I just wish they would've left the side panelling design a little bit true to the original instead of changing it up the way they did.

  • 88 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 3 expert

    At first, the outsole worried me because I thought its gonna slip all over the place but its really actually sticky. So you stick to the ground and you won't slide or anything even when the ground is wet.

  • 76 / 100 | SoleCollector | | Level 2 expert

    The redesigned Pure Boost 2 features the same pillowy and responsive full-length Boost foam cushioning as the original pure Boost, but sits atop an all-new upper featuring a lightweight, breathable, and foot-hugging stretch mesh with synthetic overlays and soft and comfortable microsuede wrapping the heel.

  • 90 / 100 | Kicks on Fire | | Level 1 expert

    Think of the Pure Boost having a sole unit made entirely of tiny clouds, and every step you take, these tiny clouds transmit  a little “boost” of energy  to your feet throughout the entire day, making every step you take more “springy” and pleasant.

  • 90 / 100 | BT TV Official | Level 1 expert

    It's a really nice, comfortable shoe, especially for the price.

  • 84 / 100 | WEEKNDSET | | Level 1 expert

    They're super comfortable. The boost is very supportive and nice. It's basically a perfect shoe.

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  • Adidas offers a serious makeover in the Pure Boost 2.0. Most of the updates are made in the upper, beginning with an almost one-piece version. The new model has an upper that molds better to the foot for added comfort and security.
  • Gone are the welded rubber strips forming the Adidas logo. In their place are suede side panels that use holes to signify the iconic Adidas trademark. The side panels keep the foot secured and increases breathability because of the holes.
  • The mesh in the 2nd installment of the Pure Boost is more open, which automatically raises the ventilation in the new model. With the holes in the side panel, runners are ensured of a cool and sweat-free run.
  • A slight change that may not be apparent right away is the added padding in the tongue and the heel. These changes directly address issues of those who suffered blisters when the shoe is worn without socks. There is much better padding now that should translate to a more comfortable and blister-free run.
  • The lacing system is modified as well. Instead of the usual eyelets, the Pure Boost 2.0 uses nylon loops where the laces go through. Adidas uses the loops to provide runners with a more personalized fit.

Adidas brings back the fit of the original model in the new edition of the Pure Boost. The average fit of the heel to the forefoot means most runners should be comfortable in the shoe. There is good midfoot lockdown because of the side panels. The available width is medium for the men’s and women’s versions. Sizing is regular with options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


The full contact outsole is made of elastic rubber and features a configuration that almost mimics the StretchWeb design. Adidas uses a decoupled heel to isolate shock. The entire outsole is covered with carbon rubber for better durability.


The biggest element is found in the midsole of the Pure Boost 2.0. Running across the length of the neutral shoe is the blown TPU-made Boost midsole. The Boost is made of energy capsules that absorb impact upon landing and uses the same force of the impact for a more energetic run.  This midsole technology is also carried over to the shoe's latest popular version, the Adidas Pure Boost.


The upper is dominated by an Air Mesh with wide holes to deliver serious breathability. Moving to the sides, runners get suede overlays that are perforated to form the Adidas logo. The panels secure the foot and helps with the ventilation. Upon wearing the shoe, the enhanced padding in the collar and tongue greatly makes a difference regarding comfort. A traditional lace-up closure that uses loops instead of eyelets gets the job done in securing the fit.

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