Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit of the Pure Boost ZG features a fabric that naturally expands with the foot, giving a comfortable fit.
  • The inner sleeve is smooth, so it doesn’t cause irritation to the skin.
  • A good number of runners noted that the slightly expensive price was reasonable and worth it because of the great quality of this shoe.
  • The many different color options for this shoe heightens its visual appeal.
  • The boost™ mid-sole keeps the foot well-cushioned at all times.
  • The outsole unit uses a thick EVA layer for a smooth and easy ride.
  • The moderate weight doesn’t make the runner feel as if they’re weighed down by this shoe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few felt that the elastic strap that goes around the mid-foot section got in the way of the shoelaces.

Bottom line

The Adidas Pure Boost ZG brings comfort, flexibility and durable support to the runner. Each step becomes natural because of its soft coverage, the responsive mid-sole system, and the layered EVA outsole. Neutral runners are going to have a great time with this Adidas running shoe.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.8oz | 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
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Release date: Oct 2016
Brand: Adidas
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $140
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Orange, Pink, Red, Silver, White
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe

Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Hes Kicks | | Level 4 expert

    This one are actually really really nice on feet. They're not as cushy obviously because of the boost material. But the overall fit is really nice.

  • 80 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 3 expert

    It's pretty grippy. You're not be gonna sliding all around the place. Of course, it's non-stick so if it's a wet surface, you might slip.

  • 88 / 100 | Magandeep Singh | Level 3 expert

    PROS: Super cushioning and grip for training and long runs.

    CONS: Generous cushion and high drop can reduce speed slightly. Could have come in more vibrant colours. Men don’t just like black!

  • 82 / 100 | Complex | | Level 2 expert

    The Kanye-approvedrunner, which we named the number one sneaker of 2014, had a sequel that never really took off like the O.G., but it looks like adidas has found a way to breathe new life into the shoe.

  • 80 / 100 | Kicks on Fire | | Level 1 expert

    Up above is a first look at the new adidas Pure Boost ZG (zero gravity) which features more support and a new overall design.

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  • The Pure Boost ZG from Adidas was created to encourage the runner to run faster and perform in a more natural way. The mid-sole and outsole units work in tandem in order to provide optimum cushioning and underfoot protection at all times. Impact and shock won’t be a problem for runners because of such high quality components.
  • The upper coverage of this neutral running shoe includes a woven-cloth-like material that’s very breathable and comfortable on the skin. It has been created to follow the natural dimensions of the foot, never disallowing it to move naturally. It feels snug, but it’s not too tight.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Adidas Pure Boost ZG works in cooperation with its outsole. The unit itself was created from the compaction of many TPU pellets, which are durable and springy. It is able to absorb energy and transfer it to the runner, making them feel enabled and energized to take each step.
  • A smooth ride is what the outsole unit has to offer. Made from a durable yet flexible compound, it shields the rest of the sole unit from abrasion and wear. It also adds more cushioning and support to the runner. Its grid-like shape allows it to spread evenly when weight is applied to it, distributing support throughout the entire foot pad.

The Adidas Pure Boost ZG has a regular shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the standard measurements for men and women. The heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections have medium widths, so it is able to accommodate the runner has a medium sized foot. Its semi-curved shape adheres to the natural curve of the human foot.


The outsole unit of the Pure Boost ZG uses EVA or Ethylene vinyl acetate. It has been engineered to provide protection against wear and tear, keeping the shoe intact and safe from damage. It also adds more cushioning to the runner because of its responsive nature.

Natural flexibility is allowed by the outsole. It doesn’t have a stiff nature. It works alongside the mid-sole in order to facilitate freedom of movement for the wearer.


Same as with the shoe's popular counterpart the Adidas Pure Boost, the Pure Boost ZG also uses the Boost™ mid-sole technology which is a full-length unit that’s made from the amalgamation of TPU pellets. When formed into one cohesive piece these small, round pieces of Thermoplastic polyurethane cushion the foot well, keeping it safe from impact and discomfort. It’s flexible, as well.


The Primeknit technology is Adidas’ woven-cloth upper construction that’s engineered to follow the contours of the foot. It expands and adapts to the shape of the wearer’s foot, making it easier to gain a form-fitting experience when running.

A sock-like interior keeps irritation at bay. It essentially lets the runner wear the shoe even without using actual socks first.

A molded heel cap secures the rear of the foot and keeps it in place. It’s a helpful component that’s going to prevent accidental shoe removal or wobbliness.

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