adidas Energy BOOST Original / 5 year anniversary

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9.2 Overall Grade
41 reviews

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adidas Energy BOOST Original / 5 year anniversary
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Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Weight
11.4 oz. (men's), 10.3 oz. (women's)
9.6 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's)
11.1 oz. (men's), 10.1 oz. (women's)
9.1 oz. (men's), 7.6 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
35mm.
43mm.
37mm.
Forefoot Height
23mm.
39mm.
31mm.
Drop Height
8 mm.
12 mm.
4 mm.
6 mm.
Upper material
Refined 3D Fit Print mesh, Recycled Materials include:
Engineered mesh, Lycra comfort frame, Internal heel counter, Pillowed Tongue
Mesh Upper, PWRTAPE
Shoe Released
Q3 2017
Q4 2022
Q3 2022
Q1 2023
MSRP
$180
$140
$165
$160
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
9.2
9.2
9.0
8.8
Comfort
9.1
9.1
9.7
8.8
Cushioning
9.3
9.1
9.7
8.7
Durability
10.0
8.7
8.1
9.0
Appearance
8.5
8.2
7.9
8.7
Value
8.1
8.6
7.7
8.8

Reader Reviews

  • Nice and responsive, a bit lacking in cushioning

    28 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    8.0

    I really liked the fit and feel of these for the first couple hundred miles. However compared to the Glide, I started to feel the lack of cushioning in the forefoot, that made me sore if I had to run on roads/pavement.

    I try to get 400 miles out of most shoes, but these started to feel too unforgiving, so I retired them just before 350.

    I have run a few times on the treadmill with them since, but aside from running on a soft trail or track, these are dunzo. Since I was also disappointed in the Solar Glide, I bought a pair of Solar Boost, I guess the successor to Energy Boost, and they seem to correct the issues from early impressions.

  • Adidas Energy Boost OG

    50 miles per week, neutral pronator, low arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    10.0

    Amazing shoe! Fits snug on the foot. Only issue I’ve had is it wears out by 400 miles

  • Most responsive trainer

    55 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    6.0

    This shoe has by far been the most comfortable shoe I have ever run in. It is extremely responsive (due to the TPU throughout the sole) and cushioned (thanks to the boost technology). The boost cushioning has lasted, in my experience, for 600+ miles, however, the upper starts to wear holes in it right around 500-600 miles. Unfortunately, they are also one of the more expensive shoes so I tend to get them at an outlet mall or something so they are discounted!

  • Best ever

    30 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    I’ve been running for 11 years. I’m 25, I went from ASICS, to Brooks and then tried out Adidas for the first time. I love Brooks, but for some reason Adidas tend to fit my foot better. They hug tightly in the right areas but most importantly they let my feet breathe in all the right areas as well. Hands down, my favorite shoe so far!

  • Going the Distance

    45 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    6.0
    Value
    9.0

    My pair of Energy Boost originals are currently at about 1,400 miles and still going. They still have tread, cushion and support. Granted they are getting a bit soft but they are still the most comfortable and supportive on long runs for my particular feet of all my many running shoes.

  • adidas Energy Boost OG

    85 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    7.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    8.0

    This shoe delivers the goods! Enough cushioning to handle mile after mile on hard surfaces. Great response when running fast, plenty of heal cushioning when going easy. Best part, it pretty much never breaks down and retains cushioning into the thousands of miles.

  • Energy Boost Review

    50 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    7.0
    Comfort
    7.0
    Cushioning
    7.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    8.0

    200+ miles into this shoe. I would say reviews stated that it is comparable in cushioning compared to other maximalist shoes like Hoka Cliftons would be misleading. There is plenty of cushioning for most, though, and the ride is definitely smooth. So far they have held up very, very well and they barely feel any different than they did after the initial break-in period. I would recommend to someone else, for sure.

  • Sexy time on my feet

    60 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    My last four pairs of trainers have been the Adidas Energy Boost. I live in New Zealand, so I'm limited on what shoes are offered here for a reasonable price. These shoes have been great for keeping me injury free. I've run 80 - 115 K (or 50-70 miles) per week for the past year and my feet / shins / knees have felt great, which is nice considering I have a bit of history with stress fractures in the feet. These shoes offer a comfortable ride. I feel like I'm running on clouds, which is nice. I've purchased these shoes for around $115-125 (NZD). Do they look sexy on me? Yes. Yes, they look very sexy on me.

  • adidas Energy BOOST Original / 5 year anniversary Review

    35 miles per week
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    5.0
    Value
    10.0

    Great value. Bought for $43 on Amazon. I was coming off an injury and looking for a shoe with nice cushion to ease back into training. It has held up very well after 360 miles. Rotated it with a few other pairs.

  • adidas Energy BOOST Original / 5 year anniversary Review

    40 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    5.0
    Value
    8.0

    I found the shoe very comfortable and protective, but at the same time light and responsive enough to race in it from time to time. I was amazed by its durability and versatility. I used it for anything from 1K repeats to easy runs to half marathons. I have run well over 1000 miles in these shoes and they still feel good; I only had to replace the shoelaces.