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.

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.

Price
$100
Weight
Men: 10.4oz
Women: 8.9oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 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.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • The word ‘comfortable’ was used many times by those who were satisfied with the quality of the Adidas Response Boost 2.
  • The color schemes of this model were lauded by the testers.
  • Some runners perceived the feeling of running on pillows because the mid-sole felt aptly soft and responsive.
  • The boost™ mid-sole technology was praised by runners because they said that it actually added a boost of energy to the toe-off.
  • There were consumers who said that it was suitably lightweight, and that they didn’t feel as if it dragged their feet down.
  • The durability of this model was appreciated by a lot of reviewers; they said it held up well even after many uses.
  • The testers noted that it was great for many types of activities, from running sessions to casual walks.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were reviewers who noted that it was one size smaller than their regular choices.
  • Some of the testers didn’t like the shiny—almost plastic—look of the upper as it made the material seem unappealing.
  • A few noted that it was a bit too snug in the heel section.

Bottom line

The 2nd version of the Response Boost from Adidas greatly impressed runners. Many comments were directed at its responsive and comfortable mid-sole technology. Consumers found it to be adequately lightweight and durable, too. Contrariwise, its overly shiny façade made it look unattractive for some, and others felt that the sizing was a bit off. But this neutral road running shoe was able to make a majority of runners satisfied.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 188 ratings

5 star
74%
4 star
13%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
6%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by YoungBoyDavid • YoungBoyDavid • Level 1 expert

    This shoe is really comfortable. Probably my favorite shoe to run in that I have so far. Durability is there.

  • 86 / 100 by Fly Kicks Reviews • Fly Kicks Reviews • Level 1 expert

    It feels really comfortable. It’s really nice in the heel. This is the only shoe that with Boost that I've ever been able to feel it in the forefoot. I love this shoe.

  • 83 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Here, large slabs of the cushy foam sit in the heel and forefoot of the venerable Response, giving it a tester-pleasing, well-cushioned ride, while retaining the model's midfoot stability with firmer foam and a plastic bridge under the arch.

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Updates to Adidas Response Boost 2

  • Adidas makes several changes in the 2nd iteration of the Response Boost. The very structured bands that formed something of a rib cage in the previous version are now softer while the overlays working in tandem with these bands have been removed. It is a modification that makes the upper slightly more flexible and adapts better to the runner’s foot.
  • There is more mesh throughout the shoe, especially in the midfoot and heel of this new version. Adidas also made the tongue heavily-perforated as opposed to having none in the original model. These updates are sure to enhance the breathability of the shoe for a cool and sweat-free run every time out.
  • Tasked with keeping the heel in place is a new external heel counter. The new feature cups the heel extremely well for improved support and comfort in this area.

Adidas Response Boost 2 size and fit

Adidas patterned the fit and sizing of the Response 2.0 after the original version. It has fairly standard measurements from the heel to the forefoot with just enough room in the toe box for the toes to splay. The fit is ideal for runners with medium or narrow feet. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole configuration shows rubber treads of regular size. There is a decoupled heel to isolate shock and for a little cushioning. Adidas is using Super Blown Rubber, its own version of a sticky rubber compound, in almost all areas of the outsole for traction and durability. For flexibility and a more natural running, flex grooves are utilized in the outsole.


Midsole

A firm foam and a plastic shank in the midfoot combine for an effective overpronation feature in the Response Boost 2.0. These two features are part of the Torsion System that provides torsional stability for runners as well. A standard EVA foam is also located here for resilient and lightweight cushioning. The shoe takes a huge part of its name from the Boost technology in the midsole. Adidas uses its revolutionary TPU pellets that lock themselves together for impact absorption and then returns a huge percent of the impact for a very dynamic run.


Upper

The Techfit upper encapsulates the use of breathable mesh and lightweight support and structure as provided synthetic materials. Instead of the usual overlays, the shoe uses bands to hold the foot together. A seamless construction and a very well-padded tongue and collar deliver serious comfort on the road, even when worn sockless. Adidas includes a removable insole for a better step-in comfort and support.