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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
$130
Weight
Men: 11.5oz
Women: 9.5oz
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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 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The plush interior and great cushioning combine to give the Supernova Sequence 9 a very comfortable ride, according to a large number of comments.
  • It is very durable, based on several comments.
  • Some runners noted that the shoe is quite stylish.
  • Breathability is another aspect that was appreciated by many.
  • It runs light, noted a few.
  • There is a nice mix of cushioning and stability in the Sequence Boost 9.
  • A good number of reviews loved the smoothness of the ride.
  • It is significantly lighter than the earlier model.
  • The upper is more accommodating in the latest edition of the Adidas Sequence Boost 9.
  • A moderate number of runners valued the roomy toe box.
  • The traction provided by the Continental rubber is excellent.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The price point of the Adidas Supernova 9 is a bit stiff for many.
  • It needs a little break-in period.
  • Many had to go half a size down to get the best fit.
  • The outsole is not as durable as before, based on the opinions of more than a handful of runners.
  • Reflective details are not as prominent as before.
  • A few runners said that the shoe felt a little bulky, especially when doing high mileage runs.

Bottom line

The Supernova Sequence Boost is one of Adidas’ most popular stability and cushioning lines. While runners should not be breaking their PRs with this shoe, the 9th iteration clearly delivers the needed arch support for mild to moderate overpronators and the kind of cushioning that makes long-distance running doable.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 360 ratings

5 star
65%
4 star
27%
3 star
4%
2 star
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1 star
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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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88 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Dave Jewell • Level 2 expert

    The midsole… [sic] a lot more lively, a lot more plush feeling than last year. Last year was a little bit firm and not very lively. So, they did a really good job on the midsole.

  • 90 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The stability level is the same as the Sequence 8. The medial midsole is firmer than the lateral side due to Stableframe, and when you combine that with the beveled (angled) heel edge, the rearfoot has a laterally biased cushioning.

  • 88 / 100 by The Active Guy • Scott • Level 5 expert

    If you are looking for a responsive and supportive stability shoe, I would recommend giving these shoes a try. The shoe itself felt great, but felt the eyelets and upper came up too high on my ankle and put pressures on my upper ankle that bothered my foot.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kristin Lassen • Level 4 expert

    Despite the bulked-out features of the shoe, it’s surprisingly light, coming in at 1.2 ounces less per shoe than the previous model in its line.

  • 85 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Erin Engelson • Level 1 expert

    It’s designed to prevent mild to moderate overpronation and cushion your ride – it definitely delivered on both counts.

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Updates to Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 9

  • Adidas brings a host of changes in the 9th instalment of the Supernova Sequence. The upper gets most of the significant changes; changes that helped in the weight reduction. There is a more simplified upper in this version as the midfoot panel is a lot thinner and devoid of most of the plastic overlays. Instead of TPU overlays, the upper is generally made of printed versions. Besides the weight reduction, the removal of the huge plastic overlays provides a more forgiving and comfortable fit.
  • The new engineered mesh gives excellent breathability and has good stretch in the forefoot to accommodate those with slightly wider feet.
  • Cushioning and comfort go up a notch as the insole is made of more plush material and a bit thicker than before.
  • The outsole gets a makeover as well. Adidas added more rubber for better durability while the rubber pattern is more articulated. The articulation offers a nice blend of flexibility and shock dispersal.

Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 9 size and fit

Adidas added a bit of width to the Supernova Sequence 9. The added width and a more accommodating upper ramp up the ability of the shoe to cater to runners with different dimensions. There is still a secured feel in the upper despite the extra width. The heel and midfoot are securely locked in while the forefoot has more space for the toes to wiggle. Sizing is a bit on the larger side so trying the shoe on is very important.


Outsole

The reliable Continental rubber continues to be the main compound in the outsole. While some rubber is added here, it remains to be almost flat for better stability. There are deep flex grooves, which are very important for the flexibility of a well-cushioned shoe. Adidas creates more articulation in the rubber pattern both for enhanced flexibility and shock attenuation.


Midsole

Adidas splits the makeup of the outsole of the Sequence Boost 9 as 50/50 for both the Boost and standard EVA. Boost is Adidas’ patented use of thousands of blown TPU energy pellets to offer a more responsive ride that is not affected by climate and does not break down easily. The standard EVA is placed on top of the Boost for a firmer base and better stability. Adidas uses this arrangement to get the best combination of responsiveness and stable cushioning.


Upper

The new engineered mesh offers better flexibility and a more accommodating fit. By going with more printed overlays, the fit remains to be secure without being restrictive. Both the collar and tongue are moderately padded and very plush. An insole is added to the mix for better cushioning and comfort. A regular lace-up closure clinches the fit.