This is a shoe people just rave about it, especially at big races, the Adidas Adizero Boston 7, and we wanted to see what the hype is all about. It was a bit of a wild ride and we all found it interesting the contrast in this shoe to all other Adidas Boost shoes in the market. There isn’t a lot of fluff to the shoe, so let’s get right into it.
The upper is insane on these things, it feels like nothing. The air mesh they are using is transparent in most areas and you barely feel it, but then when you ratchet it down they are super snug. Internally they have a Microfit system that locks the back of your foot in place and really prevents any movement. Fair warning here though, they feel very narrow and if you have wide feet, these will never work for you. Walk away quickly.
The Adizero Boston 7 uses Adidas’s responsive Boost technology which is obviously well proven in the market and delivers. In this case, you have a 10mm drop so a lot of ramp on these and highly aggressive. It is definitely a race-centric shoe, but honestly the Boost midsole isn’t necessarily a very cushioned mid. A 29mm stack height sounds plush, but it definitely doen’t feel it.
They also use a full Continental rubber web overlay for the outsole which provides just insane traction in wet conditions, but we question the use of it a bit. This is really a race ready shoe and you are adding probably 1-2 ounces alone for this. It makes more sense on shoes like the Ultraboost, but less here. It does its job though.
Style & Aesthetics
It might be one of the most stylish non-stylish shoes ever and by that we mean they look with jeans, but a little bland as a runner. It’s definitely a personal thing though and they do come in two colors for men and women.
The first time I put these on my foot, I was a little nervous. My foot width is as average as it gets and even I was shocked by how narrow these felt. The upper is so thin it’s a little freaky honestly, but it fits your foot like a glove. The 10mm offset is very apparent, but it definitely lacks a certain level of comfort. The Boost mid is not necessarily plush in any way, so its not there to cradle you. Its more about the run.In run, the benefits of the Boost midsole became apparent. The Adizero is very light and combine that with the responsiveness of the mid and how well that rubber outsole tracked, you can really knock down some times. However, even after many miles on these I never found the comfort I was looking for. They still felt very narrow on my foot and always a little firm underneath. As a race shoe or speed day shoe sure, but as an everyday shoe it just wasn’t happening for me. Also as a personal preference thing, I dig a little bit of personality in the shoe and this is definitely lacking in that area.
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Overall, the Adidas Adizero Boston 7 is a race shoe, no question about it. They do pose a bit of a quandary for us though from a design perspective in terms of material uses. For example, why create a hyper breathable upper that feels like nothing, and then go with a full rubber outsole that tracks better in wet conditions. If you pair down a bit of that rubber, you come in around 7 oz and this thing is a straight racer. We do have a hard time recommending though unless you are a purist, this feels like a an old school shoe. Adidas does produce much stronger and more technically advanced shoes that will appear to a larger portion of runners. These are for a very specific demographic.
Technical Stats, Pricing & Availability
- Weight: 8.6oz (size 9)
- Drop: 10mm heel/toe
- Type: Neutral (Lightweight)
- Stack Height: 29/19mm (heel/toe)
- MSRP: $120.00
- Available: Now
Quick Update 4/15/19
Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia just won the Boston Marathon wearing these shoes, so again if it fits your foot right and you are a strong, powerful runner, then clearly these things can pay off. She just destroyed it in these.