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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Heel to toe dropMen: 8mm
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: 24mm
Forefoot heightMen: 16mm
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Giving Running a Boost in the Adidas PureBOOST DPR
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR trainer running shoe retails for $150. That’s a good amount of money. Is the shoe worth it?
See the verdict below.
The Adidas PureBOOST DPR is a highly-attractive shoe that offers hip urban styling. It can be worn while running, working – the shoe looks great with jeans, or clubbing.
In a sense, the PureBOOST DPR is a covert running shoe – a functional Clark Kent model sneaker that turns into Superman’s running weapon when the need arises.
Looking at the shoe, it appears to be low to the ground and offers minimal headroom over one’s toes. However, the PureBOOST DPR’s stretch web upper means that toes are not scrunched.
To reuse an oft overused phrase, the fit is slipper-like. My initial impression – which turned out to be pretty accurate, is that the PureBOOST DPR is like a cross between a light, fine quality trainer and a racing flat.
Thus, the letters DPR may stand for daily performance runner.
This shoe is said to offer “phenomenal energy return.” (Running Warehouse) It weighs 9.2 ounces but feels lighter on one’s feet. It has an 8mm drop and is built on a curved last.
The forefoot area is broad (broader than that on the competing Reebok FloatRide Run) and yet the narrow heel counter at the rear fits quite snuggly and securely.
The somewhat dull – compared to the rest of the shoe, laces are flat but once tied, they stay that way.
Since it’s labeled as a neutral running shoe, there’s no medial post on the PureBOOST DPR. However, the shoe offers tons of stability for anyone who is less than a heavy pronator.
The Adidast BOOST
What is BOOST?
According to Adidas, which provided a sample of the PureBOOST DPR, it’s a “lightweight midsole composed of PPU pellets” which make for a “soft and responsive ride.”
I found the responsiveness to be well tuned; there’s enough springiness and bounce back to preserve energy, but not enough to destroy it.
The PureBOOST DPR feels fast on asphalt, due in part to the fact that there’s little-wasted movement or energy.
The PureBOOST DPR also feels fast on a dirt covered concrete track.
Surprisingly, despite the relatively flat sole, the shoe offers excellent grip. There’s no slippage of the type one experiences with slick flats and the ground feel is more than adequate.
For those who get their miles on tracks, this would serve as an outstanding pace trainer.
The natural landing area in this shoe appears to be between the midfoot and the lower forefoot. Others, of course, may find differently depending on their running style.
The PureBOOST DPR can accommodate forefoot, midfoot or heel strikers, and is also at home as a supporter of slow, moderate or quick training runs.
There’s more than sufficient protection in the PureBOOST DPR’s midsole to support long training runs. Yet I experienced one issue with the shoe that I hope may be addressed by the time version 3 is released.
The shoe’s landing pattern sometimes made my metatarsals feel bruised.
I would love to see a small metatarsal pad added to alleviate this; alternatively, it might be remedied by a small rubber slab on the underside of the supplied insole.
(There are, of course, commercial aftermarket insoles that provide such padding.)
An unexpected strength of the PureBOOST DPR is the fact that it produces virtually no noise as it strikes rough and soft surfaces.
Like the new Mizuno Shadow, the shoe produces no annoying creaks, pops, or flopping sounds in action.
If the PureBOOST DPR were an automobile, it would no doubt win the J.D. Power Initial Quality award for the absence of annoying squeaks and rattles.
Why spend $150 on a pair of running shoes?
Well, in the case of the Adidas PureBOOST DPR it’s because the shoe does everything well. Extremely well. Almost mind-blowingly well. The shoe displays no notable weaknesses.
This is a shoe that can be casually worn every now and then, or used and abused as a daily trainer. The PureBOOST DPR is happy to serve as a protective runner on slow jaunts or as a barely there speedy racer.
This would be a great shoe to wear while completing one’s first 5K, or seeking a PR in a 10K or 10-miler. It would, without doubt, hold up well on distances between 13.1 and 26.2 miles.
And once you’ve completed 6.2 or 26.2 miles, the Adidas PureBOOST DPR will happily transport your tired feet to the nearest pub to properly celebrate your proud achievement.
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So, what is my conclusion on the Pure Boost DPR. I like the shoe. I've run in it a lot. I enjoy all my runs in it.
"This shoe looks great and it definitely can be used on casual but I would't count it as a running shoe."
As a regular runner, should you get the DPR? No, you’re better served by cheaper models such as the Boston and the adios – or the Tempo if you require additional support.
Updates to Adidas Pure Boost DPR
- Adidas presents the Pure Boost DPR, with DPR standing for Deconstructed Pure Racer. The name itself brings the notion that the shoe aims to excel in fast-paced runs or competitive distances. This running shoe is intended for men, with a structure that caters to neutral arches.
- The Pure Boost DPR has a level of firmness that makes it suitable for mild workouts and moderate-distance runs. This shoe will satisfy runners who are looking for a well-ventilated upper with an unrestricted fit. Some colorways of the Pure Boost DPR feature an Aramis-inspired design in the upper. Aramis is a digital motion-capture system that uses speed cameras to print a chromatic, tonal image.
- The sole unit claims to deliver a close-to-ground feel while also providing a responsive cushioning that results in a compelling and smooth ride. It consists of a Stretchweb rubber outsole that reduces the impact of foot strike for more energy to withstand wear and tear. A boost™ midsole, which is Adidas’ most responsive cushioning, completes the DPR function.
Adidas Pure Boost DPR size and fit
The Adidas Pure Boost DPR has a standard running shoe length. While the midfoot area is moderate, the forefoot construction is elongated and is able to accommodate a comfortable toe splay even for runners with a broad foot volume. It is available in the men’s width profile of D – Medium.
The outsole of the Adidas Pure Boost DPR features a Stretchweb rubber, a compound that is specifically designed to bring an energized ride. It works by lowering the pressure from foot strike and, in the process, provide a sensation of running on soft ground.
The grid-like patterns in the outsole move in a flexing motion. This design allows a shoe motion that adapts to each foot’s unique way of hitting the ground.
The signature boost™ technology in the midsole works by releasing energy from foot strike to enable a forward motion. The result is an energized stride and a seamless run. The cushioning from boost™ is durable and stable, but not at the expense of weight.
The shoe has a broad underfoot platform that naturally supports the foot and supplies adequate power for city running, no matter the speed and distance.
The knit-mesh upper of the Pure Boost DPR has engineered zones that encourage an adaptable fit; it adjusts to the shape of the foot, resulting in a natural feel. It also features an open-pore pattern that allows sufficient air circulation. The knit design is seamless to prevent irritation. An internal suede lining accompanies the upper for comfort, and it is finished off by a low-cut ankle layout to give freedom of movement.
Accompanying the knit material is a single leather overlay in the heel area. It brings a premium style while also acting as a semi-framework to support the hindfoot without adding bulk to the shoe.
The Pure Boost DPR has a lacing system that is asymmetrical in shape. This design enables a more comfortable fit as it relieves forefoot pressure.
There is a Fitcounter molded heel counter that promotes a natural motion of the Achilles. It also brings optimal support to the heel and ankle area as it controls unnecessary movements.