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 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.

    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.

  • Use

    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
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 11.5oz
    Women: 9.8oz
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard, Wide
  • Release date
    Dec 2016
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85 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Cameron Corbin

    The denouement of a 500-mile journey with Adidas Boost Supernova

    Adidas has once again revamped the Supernova series to make runs more enjoyable and less strenuous on your legs! From now on, Adidas will drop the Glide Series and stick with the ubiquitous name of Supernova.

    I have run 500+ miles on these shoes and let me just say it’s a great one!

     

    Midsole

    The greatest part of this shoe is the midsole and its technology that is within it.

    The midsole consists of 3 things: boost™ technology in which Adidas boasts about its 20% energy return, guide rail to guide your foot for a smooth landing and takeoff, Torsion® System between the heel and forefoot to stabilize all of the boost™ cushions.

    The moment I put this shoe on and went for a long run of 10 miles, I could feel the massive cushion this shoe has. It’s not too cushiony where I did not feel the surface I was currently running on, but the perfect amount of boost technology to make the run cushioned.

    Also, from the picture below you can see that the boost™ technology is exposed in the footbed of the shoe so that the technology keeps its shape and consistent throughout every run.

     

    Outsole

    The outsole also has a significant impact on how the shoe performs in all types of situations. The stretch web layout of rubber paves the way for a new way to get traction and more energy return other than the boost™ cushion itself.

    Also, the rubber is made by Continental™ so that in wet or dry conditions traction still prevails. As you can see from the picture below, even with 500+ miles on the shoe the rubber is still in contact and provides superior traction.

     

    The upper

    The upper consist of a 3-striped cage on both sides of the shoe to lockdown the arch of your foot, breathable mesh to ventilate your feet, open toe box so your toes are not crammed into tiny spaces, S-shaped heel to lockdown your heel, FITCOUNTER molded heel counter to provide a natural fit and allow movement of the Achilles.

    All of these provide the superb amount of comfort and fluidity to every day runs.

    Pros

    • A substantial amount of cushion with boost™ and is still responsive
    • Superior traction with Continental™ Rubber and continues even with the number of miles on this shoe
    • The constant stabilization of the shoe with my landing and takeoff
    • 3 striped cage that supported my arch all of the 500+ miles of running

    Cons

    • After 400+ miles the plastic of the 3-striped cage would squeak every time I landed
    • I had to use the heel-lockdown shoelace technique because the heel wouldn’t provide enough support to hold my heel down
    • Heaviness! Great for a long and slow run but I did not wear these at all on any of my workouts

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, Adidas Supernova provides the out-of-this-world cushion to partake in a long journey of constant pounding and stress that is prevalent in running. This shoe is appealing to those who love the feel of cushion and a traditional feel.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 88 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    And the cushioning, and the way the shoe feels under your foot is a very soft, pleasurable ride.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    Overall, it's a comfortable shoe. It's a little clunky but it's really not bad. It's a great everyday trainer.

  • 88 / 100 | Believe in the Run

    The adidas Supernova is durable, springy, fun daily trainer. If you crave that extra bounce for mid-to-long training runs, this is an excellent choice. I wouldn’t suggest the Supernova for someone trying to crush 5Ks or is super sensitive to weight, but if you’re looking for an everyday trainer with a little pick-up – this shoe is a good option.

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Updates to Adidas Supernova

  • The Supernova’s mid-sole unit has a bouncy effect. The Boost™ layer, which employs solid granular material in the shape of miniature capsules, has the capability of returning energy efficiently and taking the user’s running experience to comfortable new levels.
  • The FITCOUNTER molded heel counter prevents heel slippage during long runs, provides a natural fit and the optimal movement of the Achilles heel. The runners are given the chance to do longer distances without feeling the usual level of tired.
  • Adidas Supernova also uses the STRETCHWEB technology, which reduces foot impact on the ground and gives enhanced protection against wear and tear. It’s a webbed design that is deployed on the external part of the running shoe.

Adidas Supernova size and fit

Supernova provides a snug fit, stays true to size and at the same time gives enough room for the feet to adjust. The shoe is available in the medium width for both the men and women’s versions.


Outsole

The outsole of the shoe is made of light weight Continental™ rubber, which is specially designed to give extraordinary grip in all the conditions. It provides the runner with an improved control over the asphalt.

Just like the popular Adidas Ultra Boost, the Adidas Supernova features the STRETCHWEB technology. It is a web-like design that distributes impact shock and encourages foot flexibility.


Midsole

Boost™ is the foam that’s used in this running shoe. It’s made from thousands of TPU pellets that are compacted together. It’s meant to deliver a springy and comfortable underfoot experience.

Adidas Supernova has the TORSION® SYSTEM which is a supportive unit placed in the midsole to reduce unnecessary flexing of the foot arch. Generally, this add-on acts as a bridge between the forefoot and rearfoot, adjusts the feet to ground undulations and even provides lateral movement control in a range of sports. Its benefits include proper fitting of the shoe, enhanced protection, and stability.


Upper

The Adidas Supernova is specially provided with an improved Engineered Mesh upper to allow air to enter. This helps to keep the foot cool and dry while delivering healthy and secure feel in any condition.

The upper of the shoe utilizes seamless and perforated thin fabric which is not only non-irritant against the skin, but also ensures safety and reduces exhaustion during a run.


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