If you read my last review on the adidas Adizero Adios 3 you would know that they are the shoe that I do most of my miles in and to be honest it probably wouldn’t be the shoe adidas would recommend that I run in all the time but it works for me so I do. What most normal people do is have a more durable, more cushioned and possibly a more structured shoe for logging the long and possibly slower training miles to give themself a bit more protection, one of the other reasons behind this is the overall durability of the shoe but I’m not overly bothered if a shoe that works well for me wears out quicker than others as performance is more important for me over durability.
You will find that racing shoes across all brands will have a lower profile which in turn means that the shoe will not be as cushioned. A race shoe as the name gives away is for racing and when you want a quicker shoe, a shoe becomes quicker when it has a lower profile which doesn’t compress as much as a trainer therefore the transition from heel to toe (if a heel striker) is quicker, there are other elements which I will cover in another post, but overall with the shoe having less to it it will be less durable.
There are a number of shoes in the adidas running range which can be found here, but when I’m not in the Adios 3 I’m in the Boston 6 from the same Adizero Range.
Adizero Boston 6
- Weight: 244 g (size UK 8.5); Runner type: neutral; Midsole drop: 10 mm (heel: 29 mm / forefoot: 19 mm)
- boost™ is their most responsive cushioning ever: The more energy you give, the more you get
- Textile upper; Engineered mesh in forefoot is a lightweight, breathable second skin providing a supportive, comfortable fit
- Breathable and supportive zones; Soft material for less chafing
- TORSION® SYSTEM between the heel and forefoot for a stable ride; Wide fit
- Continental™ Rubber outsole for extraordinary grip in wet and dry conditions
Although the Boston 6 is also a race shoe the boost tooling is softer than I found in the adios, there is also a 2mm height difference in the heel as well, I would have said more if I’d not done a little research, perhaps the softer feeling midsole gives the impression that the midsole height is higher than it is.
I’ve done a handful of runs in the Boston most of which were over 10k and they are a nicely cushioned softer option over the adios. The fit is nice and snug at the heel so the heel lock down is spot on and the soft engineered mesh and textile upper makes for a nice plush fit, the soft upper also takes away areas of irritation that may cause friction and the dreaded blister. The only stiching on the upper is where the famous 3 stripes are stitched around the midfoot, this branding also adds a little bit of structure to the upper, I think the upper would be too soft without them. I do prefer the more structured upper of the Adios but thats not to take away from the Boston, every shoe cannot be the same.
Another feature that you more commonly see on trail shoes is the stiched tongue, although when road running you don’t often get much debris flying about this does aid the fit and comfort of the shoe, the tongue also stays in one place, the old crooked tongue can annoy some runners.
The price point is also great, in an industry where we are seeing more and more running shoes above £120 these at £99.95 are a steal.
The overall simplicity of the adizero range appeals to me a great deal, I do think that there are a lot of running shoes available that are over engineered, this range couldn’t get much simpler. Upper, midsole and outsole is all you need and to quote a famous Meerkat it really is “Simples”