adidas Energy Boost, $150
9.7 oz. (men’s); 8.1 oz. (women’s)
10mm heel-toe offset
FIT: The fit of this shoe is snug and athletic from heel to toe. A few testers thought it was a bit too tight in the forefoot, a sensation accentuated by the tight mesh that covers the forefoot.
FEEL: Adidas launched a new midsole foam made from tiny balls of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) fused together with steam instead of traditional layers of ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA), and there is no getting around the marshmallowy soft sensation it creates in this shoe. It doesn’t feel super-light, but it is very resilient and flexible.
RIDE: Once you get used to the springy sensation under foot, you realize there’s quite a bit of energy return coming from these shoes. While not all of our testers were as confident running fast in these shoes, there was unanimous appreciation for their peppy behavior.
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