Adidas Adizero Boston Boost review with pros and cons, and why it’s my favorite running shoe, two+ years running! (ha – see what I did there)
It took me a while to find a running shoe I liked after I stopped running in Vibram FiveFingers. But I finally fell in love with one: Adidas Adizero Boston. I just bought a second pair so I thought I’d share my thoughts on why this shoe was worth a repeat purchase! (UPDATE: I still run in the Bostons 2+ years later! I’ve gone through 3 versions and especially love the Boston 7s!)
- Support type: Neutral shoe for those with a neutral footstrike or mild pronation
- Drop: 9mm (from heel to forefoot)
- Weight: 7.1 oz
- Price: now $70 (originally $120)
- Lightweight & Responsive
- If you like a lightweight, more minimal shoe shoe, you’ll find these have the perfect amount of cushion while still feeling connected to the road.
- I think they’re a great shoe if you’re working to increase your running speed since they are so responsive and light.
- I love this shoe for all types of runs – speed work, distance, tempo, and easy mid-distance.
- These have a rubber sole that doesn’t wear out quickly and grips the road well (even wet roads). This was a major selling point to me. I was looking at the New Balance Zantes and really loved running in them, but the guy at Fleet Feet told me that the rubber sole on the Boston would help the shoe last longer.
- I have nearly 400 miles on my current pair and it’s just starting to show wear. The cushion seems to have worn out, which is why I’m rotating in a new pair. (Maizey wanted to help frame the tread on the shoes. Thanks pup.)
- The mesh upper keeps my feet from feeling all sweaty and icky when when they are all sweaty and icky.
- Narrow & Look Good on your Foot
- I like that they’re narrow through the arch and heel because it helps the shoe feel secure. But it’s also a con for me since I prefer a slightly wider toe box.
- They aren’t bulky and don’t make your foot look clunky. Some shoes are just so.much.shoe. These are not.
- The 5 model has been replaced with the 6. Also, I’m all for sale prices on running shoes. I paid only $70 for my second pair! (The first pair I paid full price – $120 – which I think is a pretty average price for running shoes.)
- It’s narrow
- I have a narrow foot, so for me this is a con as I prefer a slightly wider toe boxer. But since the upper is mesh and stretchy, it’s not a deal-breaker.
- Short laces
- I now have two pairs of these shoes, and on one pair it’s not an issue, but on another, the laces are barely long enough to tie. It’s a weird flaw. I could switch them out obviously…but never did. 🙂
- Mediocre colors/design
- This obviously doesn’t affect the performance of the shoe, but I don’t think they have great visual appeal. I really like the design of my Brooks PureConnects and the color of my Newton Motion V – they’re just fun, and running gear should be fun too. My newest pair is hot pink and that’s a bit better than the neutral gray-purple color. 😉
Why I like the Adidas Adizero Boston better than my other running shoes
I also have a pair of Brooks PureConnects and Newton Motion V, both of which I really like. Having multiple pairs of running shoes is nice because I find that my body craves a different shoe on different days. I go for the Brooks on easy, recovery days where the workout is shorter and doesn’t have much structure. I like the Newtons for longer runs or on days when I just need more cushion. And I like the Bostons for speedier days, for intervals or tempos, or faster long runs.
The Bostons are the shoe I want when I don’t want to notice my shoe – and that’s the highest compliment I can pair a running shoe. When I don’t notice my shoes, but my run feels great, THAT is how I know it’s a good running shoe.
I do wear the Bostons with a pair of SuperFeet inserts because I wanted just a bit more arch support since I have mild pronotion, but I didn’t want to go up to a stability shoe, which starts to feel clunky on me. The inserts were a perfect solution for me and helped the shoe feel more customized.
I’ll probably eventually try the Adidas Adizero Boston 6, once I can’t find the 5s in my size anymore. I haven’t tried the 6’s on yet, but from reading the specs, they sound pretty darn similar to the 5s. But I do like this new color. 😉
Let me know if you have any questions! And if you run in these, I’d love to hear what you love about them!