Shoes adidas Adizero Adios Boost

Published on May 27, 2014

adidas Adizero Adios Boost

The adidas Adizero Adios Boost Racing Trainer to give it it’s rather tongue twisting full name is marketed very much as a distance running shoe, one that won’t just get you round a marathon but might just get you round faster too…

As is easy to gather from the name the shoe uses the Boost tech that was launched with such initial fanfare (bordering on hysteria) and can now be found in two-dozen or so of adidas’s top-end runners. Basically the material, which replaces traditional EVA in the midsole, is composed of fused together thermoplastic beads designed to last longer, be less sensitive to temperature fluctuation and deliver better ‘energy return’ – i.e. more bang for your buck with each stride. Whilst both longevity and temperature sensitivity are easily proven (as they have been my adidas) in lab testing, the idea that energy return can translate to an increase in performance is tougher to quantify.

On the road there is a slight spring to the step but nothing like the quantum leap (possibly only perceived) that something like the Hoka One One Rapa Nui or On Cloudrunner delivers out of the box. Perhaps RunningMonkey’s expectations had been set a little too high by all those press releases, because on test the Adizero Adios Boost feels a little (whisper it) ordinary

adidas Adizero Adios BoostIt’s a good enough running shoe of course; the fit feels a little narrow – although that’s down to personal taste and anatomy – and the heel cuff slightly inflexible (noticeable on downhill runs), but otherwise a fairly standard road affair, with reasonable responsiveness. As is standard from adidas the Adizero Adios Boost uses the ‘Torsion System’ to bridge the forefoot and heel, which helps to stabilise the arch whilst allowing independent ‘twist’ between the front and the back of the shoe.

Despite the fact that the Boost element, which is visible along both sides, looks unnervingly like polystyrene packing material it has, so far, stood up to plenty of long, hard runs without any of the signs of compression or distortion RunningMonkey had expected see. The grips – particularly the seemingly randomly placed grip dots on the forefoot, which look like a poorly executed craft project – proved a different matter. The wear after little more than 50miles was all too noticeable and we suspect they will give out long before the Boost tech. This begs the question why have such rugged outsole material replacing EVA when the shoe’s weak-link (the grip) is going to limit the lifespan anyway?

Perhaps we are being a little harsh on the poor Adizero Adios Boost but if it hadn’t been quite so shouty about its credentials we may have been more forgiving of its shortcomings…

The adidas Adizero Adios Boost retails at £110 and is available from, amongst other places,

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