Verdict from 6 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Energy Boost 3 looked visually endearing to a lot of runners.
  • This shoe was versatile enough that it enabled many users to wear it for running sessions, workouts and casual walks.
  • The mid-sole unit was able to deliver reliable and responsive cushioning, noted a runner.
  • Some testers noticed that the technology used in the mid-sole really caused each step to be springy.
  • A reviewer wrote that the mid-foot support unit in the platform helped them in achieving a smooth and stable gait.
  • Several runners thought that the Energy Boost 3 was an example of a perfect marriage of support and cushioning.
  • The grip of the outsole was reliable, according to testers.
  • Reviewers lauded the overall quality and durability of this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The rigid plastic stripes or overlays that are placed on the upper unit caused the fabrics to rub against the skin of some testers, causing discomfort.
  • A runner commented that the lacing system wasn’t able to reach the ball of the foot; they felt that they weren’t able to adjust the fit securely enough.
  • The tread of the outsole wore off on a few runners, thus exposing the mid-sole to abrasion and reducing traction.

Bottom line

Many runners were able to get quality service from the Adidas Energy Boost 3. For them, it’s a reliable option for their running sessions. It looked appealing and it felt great for their feet. Inversely, some testers observed that the upper unit was a bit uncomfortable, and a few felt that the durability of the outsole left a lot to be desired. But this neutral road shoe generally performed well for the majority of consumers.

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Good to know

  • Just like the popular, Adidas Ultraboost 19, the 3rd version of the Energy Boost brings back the full-length Boost midsole that delivers efficient energy-return properties for a smooth and responsive ride.
  • The Energy Boost 3 comes with a new outsole design that gives impressive traction. It also gives added cushioning for a cushy feel. The durability of the road running shoe’s outsole was also enhanced, for a long-lasting running experience.
  • The upper was also enhanced to deliver a more flexible and breathable upper without affecting the weight. The upper was engineered to give a seamless, sock-like feel.

The fit and sizing of the Energy Boost 3 were not affected by the changes. It is still available in a standard running shoe length and comfortably accommodates runners with regular foot shape. The heel, forefoot, and midfoot are of standard size.

The Energy Boost 3 has a gender-specific outsole design that delivers enough forefoot flexibility. The outsole also utilizes the brand’s Adiwear technology that is specifically placed in high abrasion areas to avoid quick wear and tear.

The midsole utilizes the brand’s Boost Technology that offers efficient energy-return properties and superior cushioning for a more responsive ride. This works hand-in-hand with the Adidas Torsion System that allows the rearfoot and forefoot to move naturally for a more stable heel-to-toe transition.

The upper of the Adidas Energy Boost 3 features the brand’s TechFit technology that delivers a seamless, sock-like fit. It offers added support without affecting flexibility. The strobe-lasting upper gives a more comfortable underfoot feel.


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