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Adidas Adizero Boston Review

I’ve run in the Adidas Adizero Boston running shoes for nearly five years and they’re one of my go-to pairs (and I have lots of running shoes I rotate among!). I’ve gone through four versions and have owned 12 pairs – and I keep coming back to them. I shared the pros and cons of them in this Adidas adizero Boston review!

I’ve been getting a LOT of questions lately about what shoes I run in, which I think is related to lots of people taking up running while all the gyms are closed! I always caveat that what’s right for me may not be right for you since we all have different feet, gaits, running experience and goals. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some reviews of my favorite pairs to help you learn what I use but remember the two most important rules of buying running shoes: (1) what’s right for someone else may not be right for you and (2) don’t buy on looks alone!

If you want more details on how to choose shoes when you can’t go to running stores to try them on, check out this post for some tips. And if you want to learn even more about running shoes and how to analyze what all the different specifications mean, make sure you’re on the waitlist for Get Your Run On, my online course about running. I just recorded a video all about shoes and compared all the different brands I own that will be available to that group!

Here’s the run down of the shoe.

Adidas Adizero Boston Shoes

  • Support type:Neutral shoe for those with a neutral foot strike or mild pronation
  • Drop: 10mm (from heel to forefoot)
  • Weight: 7.1 oz
  • Price: $120
  • Sizing: runs a little small

This is the current model! And I really want this latest version with the 2020 Boston Marathon design!

Adidas Adizero Boston review

 

Adidas Adizero Boston review

Adidas Adizero Boston review

Adidas Adizero Boston review

Pros

Lightweight & Responsive

  • They’re “less” shoe than most daily trainers, but still have just enough cushion to not leave me feeling beat up.
  • They’re light and responsive, which gives that connected feeling to the road that I love.

I even ran the 2018 Boston Marathon in them!

boston-marathon-finish-line

Versatile

The Adidas Adizero Bostons work well for all types of runs – speed work, distance, tempo, and even longer runs during half or full marathon training.

Durable

The rubber sole doesn’t wear out quickly and grips the road well, even wet roads. This was a major selling point to me since I log lots of rainy runs.

I typically log about 350 miles in them before I start to rotate in a new pair. While the tread doesn’t show wear quickly, the cushion starts to feel flat and less responsive around that point. And once the cushion starts to go in a shoe, that’s when I start to reduce their rotation, using them for shorter runs only, before retiring them entirely.

Adidas Adizero Boston review

Breathable

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. Not that you should buy based on looks but it is nice when a shoe looks cute!

Affordable

The current model is about $120 which is still fairly good for running shoes, considering many options run $150-$180.

three pairs of adidas boston boost

Cons

Narrow

I have a slightly wide 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.

Mediocre colors/design

This obviously doesn’t affect the performance of the shoe, but I would like more color options. I love the neutral gray and navy options but I wish they’d bring back some of the bolder colors they used to have – like the hot pink in the 6 version. But, usually when they release a new model, they have a few fun color options if you can snag them before they sell out!

adidas adizero boston

 

Bottom Line

The Adidas Bostons are the shoe I want when I don’t want to notice my shoe – and that’s the highest compliment I can give a running shoe. When I don’t notice my shoes, even on the sweatiest, hardest days, but my run feels great, THAT is how I know it’s a good running shoe.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Barbora
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    thx a lot -love running in my boston too; excepted I find their last two models are much larger and more cushioned than the previously made. ones.

    did your try also adios?

    • Reply
      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I agree the newer models are more cushiony but I haven’t noticed a size difference.

      Not sure I understand your second question! Yes, I’ve tried Adios which is why I included them! Let me know if you had a different question! 🙂

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    Carmen
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    Hi
    Did you replace the insole with a gel or other running insole? I just bought these and fell like the insole is a bit flimsy. Thanks

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