Verdict from 78 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Soft: Adidas ZX 1K Boost feels like walking on clouds, ideal for those on their feet the whole day.
  • Comfy: Many are blown away by its comfort, which is “second to none.” An Adidas fan finds this more comfortable than the NMD_R1 and Alphaboost.
  • Cushiony: Its Boost sole keeps underfoot stress at bay. One wearer said the rear cushion is way better than on the NMDs and Ultraboosts.
  • Well-made: It’s done in excellent quality, making it “a home runner among the best buys.”
  • Versatile: Admirers enjoy sporting it for an indoor workout, outdoor training, and casual wear.
  • Breathable: Its mesh upper makes it more ventilated than the knitted Ultraboost runners. 
  • Unheavy: Amazed wearers find it to be surprisingly light.
  • Eco-friendly: Some models are made with recycled materials.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Narrow toe box: The space around the forefoot constricts movement. At least one wearer says it rubs against the pinky toe.
  • Unpadded tongue: Without a thick foam, the tongue tends to slide from side to side. 
  • Chunky: Quite bulky given its thick sole structure.

Bottom line

On any occasion, the next thing you'd want is not to be distracted by foot pain. The Adidas ZX 1K Boost from the ZX line allows you to strut in style and hit on all cylinders, even on hectic days. This kick ticks all the boxes regarding aesthetics, function, comfort, and durability while still falling under the wallet-friendly range.

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Adidas ZX 1K Boost gets you going minus the foot aches

Adidas changed the sneaker landscape by injecting Boost-soled kicks into its massive catalog. After seeing this technology in Ultraboost runners, NMD lifestyle kicks, the Three Stripes rolls out retroed running shoes incorporating the same midsole element, like in some of the Adidas ZX kicks.

Such a pillowy comfort offered by this micro-foamed cushioning unit is injected into the Adidas ZX 1K Boost. But unlike other shoes from the same line, this sneaker’s winning feature is the combination of a half-Boost, half-EVA midsole offering a comfy ride. The springy Boost that takes up the rear side offers energy return during heel strike, while the standard foam in front help absorbs shock efficiently. 

A quick comparison with other Boost buddies

  • Adidas ZK 1K Boost grabs a sleeker look when set side by side the partly robust-looking Nite Jogger
  • Compared to the ZX 2K Boost with a plasticky material wrapping the rear midsole, the ZX 1K Boost feels squishier.
  • Like the best-selling Adidas NMD_R1, the wide range of colorways available for this kick give you the flexibility to squeeze it into several casual and activewear.   


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.