Adidas Adizero Boston 10
Some runners absolutely adored the dual-density midsole with the high stack height and slick style, and others runners just couldn’t hit their stride in this shoe.
There is no middle ground when it comes to the Adizero Boston 10. You will either love the revamped design, or you won’t.
Overall, I think this is a great daily running shoe that provides runners with a good deal of rigidity for snappy tempo runs for long distances, and nothing quite beats Adidas’ Continental rubber outsole that sticks to the ground like you’re Spiderman.
It boasts a sleek and modern style that will get you excited to lace up your trainers to hit the road, and the blended textiles of the upper not only look great, but it also boosts your overall lockdown for a smooth and comfortable ride.
If you want to take a chance on a daily trainer that is causing a bit of a stir in the running world, the Adidas Adizero Boston 10 is worth a look!
Strategically placed energy rods protect your feet and propel you forward
Continental rubber outsole really sticks to the ground
Enhanced durability is built for 500+ miles
Wide toe box
Dual-density Lightstrike midsole
Some runners feel that it is too stiff
It doesn’t offer a plush step-in feel
What I love most about the midsole of this shoe is that it is composed of two separate layers of cushioning for a unique ride. Many runners didn’t like the feel of this midsole out of the gait because it just felt different from any other running shoe. However, as they racked up the miles they started to love the performance of this midsole.
It is composed of a top layer of Lightstrike Pro foam that feels light and soft, and a bottom layer of Lightstrike for added rigidity to help your gait cycle feel bright and snappy.
What also makes this shoe unique is that the midsole is reinforced with energy rods. These carbon-infused rods are super stiff and are designed to mirror the bones in your feet.
When you run, these energy rods help to propel you forward and give your stride a burst of energy. These rods feel a little stiff underfoot, but help to protect your feet and keep your stride stable yet energetic.
The outsole of this shoe is built to last. It is composed of a blend of Continental rubber and exposed midsole for added agility and enhanced durability. The Continental outsole runs on the medial side of the foot for added durability. What’s great about Adidas’ Continental rubber is that it’s insanely durable, and it also really grips the ground under your feet.
When running on slick surfaces such as rain-soaked sidewalks, this rubber really sticks the ground under your feet for added stability and more confident strides.
The exposed foam on the outsole also helps to boost your overall agility and helps to keep the outsole from becoming too bottom-heavy. It also has a recessed channel along the middle of the outsole that also helps to boost agility to keep you light on your feet while also connected to the ground. To me, the outsole really shines on the Adidas Adizero Boston 10.
It’s hard not to be drawn into the overall style of the upper. While it looks sleek and modern, it is built with advanced features to help provide a little extra support without sacrificing breathability. It boasts a suede heel collar and toe cap for a little added protection, as well as a callback to classic Adidas styling.
These suede features help to boost stability and keep your feet protected, but they do not hinder the breathability of this shoe in the slightest.
What I also love about the construction of this upper is that it is made from Primegreen recycled materials. This means that no virgin polyester was used in the making of the upper. While it performs incredibly well out there on the road, you can also feel good about the eco-friendly design of this shoe.
Overall, I would recommend this trainer for runners that want to tackle a good deal of distance on their daily runs or want something that is nice and supportive for easy tempo runs.
It’s important to note that the stack height of this shoe puts a lot of distance between your feet and the ground, which isn’t ideal for speedy sets. The stack height under the heel measures to be 39 mm, and the stack height under the forefoot measures to be 31 mm.
Many of your casual daily trainers have a stack height of under 30 mm. Anything higher than 30 mm, and you have entered the realm of maximalist running shoes.
If you suffer from issues such as overpronation, the stable design of this midsole is designed to hold your feet firmly in place. While it’s technically not classified as a stability running shoe, all of the extra features found in the midsole help to stabilize your foot to help you maintain a nice and even gait cycle.
After reading through a good deal of user reviews, I determined that this shoe runs true to size. If you are a size 10 on other Adidas shoes, the same can be said for the Adidas Adizero Boston 10. To ensure that you get the right size for your feet, be sure that you take good measurements of your feet and consult Adidas’ sizing chart.
What runners also love about this fit of this shoe is that it provides excellent lockdown. The toe box is nice and wide to allow your toes to naturally splay inside of the shoe, and the stiff heel counter locks your feet in place. It’s important to note, however, that some runners felt like this shoe took quite some time to really break-in.
During those first runs, you may get a few blisters along the heel. However, this tank of a shoe is designed to only get better with age, as long as you can get through those first few miles together.
I was pleasantly surprised by the price tag on this shoe. Due to all of the advanced features and extra bells and whistles, I assumed that this shoe would be priced at the higher end of Adidas’s lineup. Much to my surprise, this shoe has a price point that is quite competitive when compared to similar high-performance daily trainers out there on the market.
Is it the most affordable daily trainer? No. But the impressive build quality and durability make it an excellent value that is worth checking out.
Comparisons to Previous Versions
One of the biggest changes made to this shoe is the stack height. As I mentioned before, the stack height of this shoe is a whopping 39 mm under the heel and 31 mm under the forefoot. This is a pretty big jump when you compare it to previous versions that had a heel stack of only 22 mm. Some runners love the high stack height, and others long for the days where their feet were closer to the ground.
A higher stack height also means that this shoe is a lot heavier than previous versions. The Boston 9 weighed in at just 8.5 ounces, while the Boston 10 weighs in at over 10 ounces, making it a much heavier shoe. While 10 ounces isn’t the heaviest daily trainer out there on the market, it can feel a little clunky when compared back-to-back with the Boston 9.
If you are interested in this shoe, I highly suggest heading down to your local shoe store and giving them a spin before you make your purchase. This is a running shoe that performs quite well on the roads and the trails, but the feel of the midsole is not for everyone.
Overall, I would recommend this running shoe for those that love new and experimental features such as energy rods and unique midsole cushioning. It’s a great shoe to take out on those long-distance runs due to the stiff and responsive nature of the outsole that provides a good deal of support to your feet and your joints.
Sure, it may be a little on the stiff side, but the added rigidity of this shoe makes it really sing when out on longer runs and also helps boost its overall durability as well.