Adidas Boost Technology


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  1. Peter Collier August 13, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    I tried these shoes – out of interest, as a podiatrist i like to try all the shoes I can. The first time you put them on there is a real ‘wow’ feel. The cushioning is different and more ‘plush’ then any other i have ever tried (and ive been lucky enough in my job to try many). After getting the spiel on youtube showing energy return, you quite literally can feel a massive difference in spring like feel with the shoe – particularly under the heel and mid foot. So much so, i bought a pair from the athletes foot right there an then.
    I thought – finally ive found the perfect ride for my mileage shoe.
    But it wasn’t to be.
    Plantar blistering was an issue – from anything from 5k upwards and my feet got that hot, they would blister in areas where is have never had them before. Mainly sub 1st MTPJ, hallux IPJ both feet. I tried with and without my orthoses (4mm poly, neoprene covers) and no difference at all.
    After 200kms in them over about 4-5 weeks i sold them on ebay.
    Maybe the extra cushioning = extra movement = friction blisters.
    Or something like extra energy return = heat
    Im not sure, obviously im not a scientist. But as a podiatrist, i won’t be recommending these shoes to anyone.

  2. Glenno September 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Interesting finding. Might I suggest a couple of additional potential contributing factors. The Boost shoes I have tried all appear to be built on a very narrow last. This may be a factor, depending on your foot width. I have a wide foot and I find that in order to get the right width, I hav to go up a full shoe size. This led me to clawing my toes while running, resulting in blood blisters on the toes of both feet.

    The uppers on the Boost models appear to be made of a synthetic material that did not breath very well. It is overlaid by rubberized strips that breath even less. Less ventilation removes a source of cooling. It also limits evaporation, further restricting cooling.

    I am a big runner (115kg) and had hopes that the boost technology would make life a little easier for my old bones (60 next birthday). Unfortunately, there is simply not enough midsole depth to stop the shoe from bottoming out when I run. Perhaps if Adidas increased the midsole thickness by 0.5cm universally from front to back, it might reduce this problem.

    I gave my Boost shoes to my youngest son, who is much lighter than me, has a narrow foot like his mother, and rather likes them.

    For me, it’s back to Lunarglides for now.

  3. Alex. July 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    I bought these shoes mostly after reading adidas claim that this shoe would last longer than normal foam shoes. I run about 100 mi a month and I get tired of buying shoes all the time. Plus all the wasted money. I reasoned, 150 bucks would be reasonable if I could use these shoes for at least a couple of months more. I loved my bright yellow boost the first week or two, they were very soft and I felt like I was running in the clouds. But very early in the process of getting used to these shoes, I felt that the supertechnolgy foam had acquired the shape of my feet and that it seemed to be deeper (grooved) on the midsole. I weight a little over 100 pounds,. Also, I started having some back pain here and there, which usually happens when I am in the end of a life of a regular running shoe. Then I started having pain in various parts of my feet; ankle pain; toe pain. When this happened,the shoes were about 250 mi old. Go figure. Because I really needed to see how long I could stand these shoes, since I had been promised “more than average lifetime”, I stretched it to the 450 mi. Not worth it. I am now taking a week off running to recuperate from foot and ankle pain, and will now confidently buy a pair of “regular foam” shoes.

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