Shoe Review: Adidas Adistar Boostl

Adistar Boost
Adistar Boost

First shoe review! Today’s Sunday run took place in these, the Adistar Boost.  Here’s a quick lowdown of the shoe: Brand: Adidas Weight: 263g Drop (difference in height from heel to forefoot): 9.6mm Price: £130 Fit In terms of immediate feelings when slipping on the shoe, it has a very snug fit. Suitable for those runners  who have very narrow feet. The forefoot feels especially comfortable due to Adidas’ Techfit which locks in the forefoot. The Upper material is thin engineered mesh which adds to the light weight feel of the shoe, this creates a soft feeling meaning very little irritants for blisters. The heel is soft and doesn’t sit too high on the Achilles tendon. Under foot first feeling- ultra soft. Support The Boost fits into the neutral category – someone who does NOT  over pronate (if you are unsure go and get yourself checked in a specialist running shop to see where you lie). I have a reasonably high arch and there seemed to be a slight gap between my arch and the shoe, which over time began to slightly cause an ache. Cushioning Underfoot this shoe feels AMAZING! The cushioning system of boost used by Adidas is exemplary. The compression of the material as you heel strike slows the foots natural pronation, which means less stress and tension is placed on the Achilles  at initial foot contact to the floor. As the Boost material continues to the forefoot, the toe-off phase feels quick and propulsive. Certainly makes you feel faster! Overall A phenomenal shoe in the neutral  category and living up to its price point. The feel coupled with the slim fit is why I love this shoe. Only concerns: if your feet aren’t narrow may cause toe numbing in the forefoot. That’s my only complaint. My rating 4.5/5


Since writing this post it has come to my attention that this shoe is stated as being stable on the Adidas website. As I have stated previous i work in a sports lab and test shoes daily on many people- in all cases I have tested this shoe for overpronaters (for the last year) it hasn’t worked. I have found that the reason Adidas believe it offers support is due to firm EVA foam being added in the heel instead of boost material and so they believe it to be more stable. Again may I reiiterate I am giving MY opinion and finding on the shoe, I am in no way trying to mislead or hurt anyone. Thanks 🙂


9 thoughts on “Shoe Review: Adidas Adistar Boostl

  1. The Adistar is actually a stability/support trainer specifically geared towards a heel striker with mild to moderate pronation and marketed as a premium stability shoe. If you have a “reasonably high” arch this isn’t the shoe for you and notably why you experienced aching. It’s unclear in your review where you got the notion that this is a neutral shoe but someone with arches as you’ve described would be better served with an actual neutral shoe with plenty of cushion.


    1. Hi Melissa, this specific model from the Adistar range is neutral. I come from a background where i work in gait analysis and have been testing shoes for over 7 years from various brands. On a daily basis I use treadmills, as well as foot scans and video recordings on people everyday in running shoes to make sure the shoes are perfect. This specific shoe from the Adistar range falls under the neutral category. You may be thinking of the Adistar Sequence Boost which is for mild to moderate over pronation. This shoe the Adistar Boost is certainly a neutral shoe which gives great cushioning so give it ago if your neutral yourself! 🙂


  2. Where do you get your information? Adidas themselves would beg to differ. In fact, every running specialty store and expert I’ve ever had contact with, on and off the net, would as well. It’s NOT a neutral. Differing opinions don’t bother me. I’m capable of agreeing to disagree, but false information passed along as fact by attaching credentials (currently unvalidated) in an attempt to qualify an opinion is irresponsible and in this case dangerous. Whether this shoe is a stability shoe isn’t a matter of opinion but one of fact which has already been laid out for anyone who takes 5 minutes to look at its construction or heck, even call Adidas.

    You are correct that the Supernova Sequence Boost 7 is built for pronation but apparently you missed its sister shoe, the Adistar Boost ESM, sitting in the very same category as the premium stability shoe for pronation from Adidas. Hopefully anyone reading this blog simply runs a search on the Adistar Boost ESM. And for those looking for a truly neutral shoe by Adidas: there are some wonderful options available. Look into RunRepeat or SoleReview for some phenomenal reviews for shoes spanning the available brands in each category with thorough information about the shoe’s construction, sizing/fit, performance and durability.

    You seem like a nice gal who surely had the best intentions putting this blog together but fell short on your review. Wishing you success and happiness!


    1. I get my info from 7 years of experience in the industry, I’ll make sure to ask Adidas when I go to the design and testing labs in Germany next week. I’m lucky that I actually get to converse with the brands and give feedback. I work in this industry everyday and communicate with reps from multiple brands, so maybe these experts you know don’t test shoes with bio mechanical analysis and in enough detail. I do agree in terms of lower arch but still a shoe for a neutral foot, same as the Nimbus from Asics and Wave Rider from Mizuno if you know you trainers. But like I said when I visit the HQ next week I’ll ask them and get back to you. The reason I set up this blog is not to be dangerous I meet people running in the wrong shoes on a daily basis so please don’t make out my information is based on insufficient evidence. I work with foot consultants who’ve helped multiple international athletes, so please believe in only giving my best advice from a scientific background! Thanks for your comments.


      1. Having viewed Adidas website I can see it says stable…but in my opinion it’s a stable neutral…so for that I apologize Melissa! Just giving my opinion backed with a bit of science which is all this is brands do lie and where I work they come to us for real feedback on their shoes…so I’m sorry. We shall be feeding this back to them in Germany!


  3. A huge thank you and tip of the hat to you. Can a neutral runner wear this model as well as other stability models? Some can and others will find themselves aching and injured. Some folks qualify by arch type to be a neutral fit but their gate (and for some their sheer weight) finds the rigidity of a stability shoe to be to their liking, especially in regard to a daily trainer for their heavier mileage. There are numerous occasions and one off situations in which a neutral runner finds themselves in a stability shoe and being in the industry I’m sure you’ve seen more than your fair share.

    With all of that hashed out, I’m terribly curious if you, within your industry experience, have noticed a shift in stability shoes over the last couple of years across the majority of the major brands? It seems to me, in my humble observation, that stability shoes are moving more and more to appeal to a broader audience by adding more cushioning and sacrificing the firmness they were once known for. As an example, take a look at the Asics Kayano’s track record and long history of being a premium stability shoe for moderate to severe pronators and really their long lived flagship shoe for stability in general. Now look at where this high mileage trainer ranks in relation to stability. Is it your opinion then too that while the Adistar Boost ESM was once the “Cadillac” of stability shoes in Adidas’ line-up that it has since sacrificed that title to better appeal to the masses? Would you find yourself personally more apt to recommend the Sequence as Adidas’ choice stability shoe? I’m no beginner but even seasoned runners often find ourselves scrambling to replace one of our “go-to” shoes in our rotation due to changes which have not been directly called out in categorization or by simply renaming the line to eliminate confusion. Does my rambling make sense? Lol.


  4. Not at all totally understand! It’s a massive frustration with all runners a brand works the shoe works and then boom they change it, it’s a nightmare. Yeah a neutral runner can definetly wear this. It’s difficult because some brands differ. For example GT3000-3 Asics moved the heel counter inside the shoe (so it can’t be seen) it is basically a neutral shoe now with a stiff forefoot, but if you look on Asics website they state this is just under a Kayano. Trust me this is not the case. I have put neutral runners in that shoe who twist off their big toe or put a lot of pressure through that joint. The previous model GT-3000-2 (with the heel counter EXTERNALLY) is SOOO much stronger. So small things they do makes a massive difference. So see how a shoe marketed as very strong isn’t really at all- just a small example.
    Very true shoes aren’t as firm as they used to be in the forefoot especially which doesn’t make sense as some neutral and even pronators need some stiffness to propel them off the foot faster! I totally agree with Kayano- too many tweets but still along with NB 860 a very strong shoe.

    100% for me sequence is leading the support market-this model anyway. Great support medically for the arch and also rear foot stops even the worst pronators GREAT SHOE!

    And I totally understands it’s such an issue that brands fail to think the seasoned runner should be informed of! If you don’t mind me asking what type of foot do you have? If your looking for neutral shoes that are looking quite stable this season is say have a look at: Wave Enigma from Mizuno, Brooks Defyance, also the GT3000-3 I mentioned above. Hope that helps! 🙂


    1. I’m coming off a recent pregnancy and therefore this normally neutral, heel striking momma needs a good stability shoe this go around to offset my added weight and my poor PF which suffered at the hand of the relaxin that was released during pregnancy. My arch is still neutral but the effects of relaxin and transitioning body (loose joints and slightly weaker muscles have me overpronating) make a stability shoe a safer bet for remaining free from injury while I shed baby weight and ramp my mileage back up. Undoubtedly, I’ll move back to a more neutral shoe after this next rotation but this has been my experience for what works post-pregnancy 3 times over and likely counting lol. In fact, I like to keep a stability shoe in the rotation for times that I may be nursing an injury or fatigue as well. I have always been able to rely upon the Kayano to get the job done as my daily long mileage trainers postpartum but I find myself gun shy after the 20 and now the reviews and feedback I’ve gotten on the 21. The Sequence seems to be a wildly successful stability model as does the Adistar Boost but the problem lies in the fact that I have never run in a Sequence and have only test driven the Adistar Boost last year. My concern with the Adistar is the actual level of stability and conflicting word on the durability of its seemingly thin tread. Hearing that some have managed to utilize their Sequence shoes for both long mileage and speed work is tempting but seems to defy my previous experience with any shoe being that versatile. I’ve always had a separate shoe for speed work, racing and high mileage but that doesn’t make it gospel, just the only approach I personally have ever known to work for me. I have struggled to find a direct comparison of the Adistar Boost and Supernova Sequence Boost after 250 miles of wear and experience. What would satisfy the happy spot for me is finding the lightest available stability shoe that has excellent cushioning, superb transition and fair durability without sacrificing support, overall health and encountering too much bounce for distance runs. Any industry insight on which of the 3 I mentioned would be most likely to fit the bill within my specific, albeit, lofty requirements?? Ha.


  5. Firstly congratulations! Second your right, people slightly heavier with all the boost models do slightly crush the shoe but I’m talking about like a 200lb man. It’s durable if your around 160lbs or lower and should last the average life of a shoe. Stability in the sequence is great but still doesn’t really match the Kayano it’s in its own league of stability even though they have altered it slightly. But for stability with light weight feel the sequence wins hands down! I’d suggest using the Adistar boost for when your back to normal mileage as a light cushioned fairly neutral shoe. I’m guessing from the U.S., but the sports lab I work in here we have a 14day guarantee so you you can use them take the shoes for a run and bring them back if any issues. Simply: Sequence boost good stability and light, Kayano slightly heavier but more support, Adistar boost good neutral to go back too! From the sounds off it you probably don’t need the Kayano especially is your used to a stable neutral shoes in rotation, try the sequence or even the Mizuno range (Wave Inspire/Paradox models) as they have very light running shoes too 🙂


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