Facts

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Price
$120
Weight
Women: 6.5oz
Heel to toe drop
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.

Width
Women: normal
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The textiles used on the upper unit are soft and breathable.
  • Synthetic sidewall panels that connect to the lacing system provide additional security.
  • A good number of runners appreciated the sock-like arch support, which allowed the upper to fully encompass their feet.
  • The Adidas Pure Boost X was designed to follow the contours of women’s feet.
  • The mid-sole unit features the boost™ technology, which handles cushioning, impact protection, and energy-return.
  • The outsole unit has a grid design that works with the mid-sole in adapting to the ground and delivering control over the surfaces.
  • Its components and features are well worth its $120 price tag.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Padding in the collar and tongue might help in adding a bit of cushioning to the dimensions of the foot.
  • A few testers felt that the heel section was too high for their liking.

Bottom line

Whether for running or for casual urban treks, the Pure Boost X from Adidas is going to deliver comfortable and durable service to its wearers. Featuring a women’s-specific design, this neutral shoe offers sock-like security, responsiveness, and support for long-term running sessions.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 979 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
22%
3 star
8%
2 star
5%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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78 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Women's Running • Jennifer Bozon • Level 1 expert

    This offers a really, really cushiony ride.

  • 85 / 100 by Maridol Malsi • Maridol Malsi • Level 1 expert

    I really like the design. It's super awesome. And it's as beautiful as you can see in the ads.

  • 70 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    With the exception of one high-school tester (the target market?), the first few women who tried the PureBoost X didn’t think they wanted to put a lot of miles on the shoe.

  • 75 / 100 by Kikay Runner • Noelle De Guzman • Level 3 expert

    You’ll need to anticipate turns more, though, because the lightweight construction won’t control your feet sliding laterally.

  • 72 / 100 by The Runner Beans • Charlie • Level 3 expert

    The front and the sides of the shoes are really bouncy and comfortable however the back comes up rather high in my opinion and rubbed my ankles when I was wearing ankle socks, and I know I’m not the only one they felt this way; a few people had a blister before leaving the press event. 

  • 83 / 100 by Start Fitness • Start Fitness • Level 2 expert

    Although these shoes wouldn’t be best to use for say, marathon training for example, they would make a fantastic addition to speed sessions or short reps, possibly up to a 5K run too.

  • 81 / 100 by Carmy • Carmy • Level 2 expert

    Another concern I have is the floating arch. While I absolutely love the support it provides, I’m not sure how well it’ll hold up over time.

  • 74 / 100 by RunSociety • Priscelia Chin • Level 2 expert

    It's a heavenly shoe for gym work and short runs (so long as it doesn't stick to the floor!), but I wasn't too thrilled about its long-run potential.

  • 95 / 100 by Real Fit Housewife • Leslie • Level 1 expert

    I feel like I could almost throw all of my other shoes away (but I won’t), because these are SO awesome.  

  • 89 / 100 by Sporty Little Number • Sporty Little Number • Level 1 expert

    Few fitness brands have zeroed in on the female athlete as uncompromisingly as Adidas has with the Pure Boost X.

  • 84 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Blog • The Athlete's Foot Blog • Level 1 expert

    I love the Pure BOOST X – its lightweight, comfortable and looks great. I’ve incorporated this shoe into my gym sessions and lighter sessions.

  • 82 / 100 by Natalie Glaze • Natalie Glaze • Level 1 expert

    We all got to try out the trainers, which I can confirm are like wearing socks….they are that light!!

  • 81 / 100 by Melliecay • Melissa Cay • Level 1 expert

    Still, I do have to admit, I'm totally diggin' how this sock-like fit make my feet look so small!

  • 80 / 100 by Cikepedia • Ciki • Level 1 expert

    The Pure Boost X reflects this shape, not only in the upper, but also in the wider stance of the forefoot.

  • 80 / 100 by WearTesters • Andrew Mou • Level 1 expert

    The upper, floating arch and lock down lacing system provides an adaptable fit that hugs the foot from heel to toe.

  • 78 / 100 by Food, Fashion and Fitness • Food, Fashion and Fitness • Level 1 expert

    Reading reviews of the shoe online shows me that I’m not alone in thinking these aren’t the best for running, despite them being advertised by Adidas for that purpose.

  • 75 / 100 by Lazy Girl Fitness • Lazy Girl Fitness • Level 1 expert

    The shoes held up pretty well – particularly given I wouldn’t usually take a new pair of sneakers and absolutely pound them in their first session.

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Updates to Adidas Pure Boost X

  • The Adidas Pure Boost X is a daily running shoe that features a lot of high quality technologies, systems and design perks. It has been constructed to fully support the contours of women’s feet, so optimum comfort & security are going to be received from it. The appealing design and color-schemes make it more endearing to those who want to get a shoe for their daily exercises or adventures.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of fabrics that are soft, flexible and agreeable to the skin. Many colorways are featured here, so runners are able to select one that’s going to suit their preference. Furthermore, the lower mid-foot section has been made to wrap around the arch, as well, keeping a sock-like fit that’s all-encompassing.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Pure Boost X utilizes a shoe technology that’s developed by Adidas to deliver light and fast energy to the wearer during each running session. The platform is made from the amalgamation of thousands of TPU pellets, which are responsible for the cushioning and impact protection.
  • The STRETCHWEB is a rubber outsole design that’s layered underneath the main sole unit. It gives traction to the runner, making sure that surface control is achieved at all times. It’s also durable enough to give protection against wear or abrasion.

Adidas Pure Boost X size and fit

The Adidas Pure Boost X has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements to which women are most acclimated. The available width is medium, so those with medium sized feet are the ones who are going to enjoy this running shoe. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The STETCHWEB is an outsole technology that uses a lightweight and elastic rubber material. Featuring a web or grid design, this layer delivers adaptive support for the foot in order to gain more balance when standing on the ground. It’s also responsible for protecting the sole unit from wear and tear. Reliable traction is received via this layer.


Midsole

The boost™ mid-sole unit is a full-length foam that’s made from the compaction of tiny pellets that, in turn, are derived from Thermoplastic polyurethane. It responsibly cushions the foot throughout the stride, making sure that it receives the support it needs when running or when standing idly.

The mid-sole unit is also responsible for providing protection from impact. Foot strikes become easier and more comfortable because of this unit. Flexibility is not limited as the runner can dole out natural movement.


Upper

The upper unit uses high quality textiles in order to wrap around the foot in a non-restricting and all-encompassing way. There are various designs placed on its façade, but it is able to function well as a comfortable and breathable cover system.

Synthetic sidewall panels are added to help the upper unit secure the foot further, locking it down and keeping it safe within the confines of the shoe’s interior chamber. Connected to the lacing system, these panels provide a snug, yet customizable fit.

The upper has been optimized to have a sock-like arch support that’s aimed at including the mid-foot section. Externally, it can easily be seen as a section in the middle of the shoe that’s tucked in. Constant contoured support is given to the wearer because of this design.