Ahhh so how do I like my new Adidas pureBOOST X?
If you are an avid runner, (especially if you are a woman, and always waiting for the next great thing in running shoes), you will know that while there are companies that make their women’s shoes, specifically to the foot-shaped model of women, they are few and far between. Thankfully, for us ladies, one of the companies that has zeroed in on the female runner aggressively, is Adidas with its latest and current models.
I took them for a 10KM run this morning, and the Adidas pureBOOST X are amazingly light, and feel very cushioned.
They’re a neutral shoe but even still feel like they’re more minimalist and less supportive, pretty similar to my ON Cloud running shoes, but with more arch support. My Cloud runners are pretty close in weight to the Adidas PureBoost X too, which is great for transitioning. PureBOOST X – 184g | 6.5 oz vs. ON Cloud – Weight. 168 g | 5.9 oz. Since I usually prefer a “barely-there”, minimalist ride, these are a good fit and I was surprised how light the PureBOOST X felt even after 10KM.
Also, women’s feet and running style are definitely different from men – a woman’s foot tends to be narrower in the heel and arch while wider at the ball than a man’s foot. The PureBoost X reflects this shape, not only in the upper, but also in the wider stance of the forefoot. And with that in mind, Adidas PureBOOST X’s infamous floating arch provides a sock like ‘hug’ and supports the arch rather nicely. Stretch mesh with supportive overlays wraps around the bottom of the arch, hugging the foot, allowing the arch to move and flex naturally. I like the fact that Adidas removed the bonding between the middle of the shoe, and what this does is create a skin-like fit. They would double up as good gym shoes and for body weight exercises that work on core and stability too, as they keep you grounded.
The shoe also features a lockdown lacing system to provide an adaptable fit from heel to toe, and a Stretch Web outsole for flexibility throughout the foot so it can maintain its natural motion.
From a marathoner’s perspective, I wouldn’t be able to run more than 10KM in them, to begin with, and Adidas themselves recommend building up the mileage slowly in them. By the end of today’s 10KM, I could feel a slight ache in my feet. But that’s just breaking new shoes in, otherwise they were a great fit.
The front and the sides of the shoes are really bouncy and comfortable however the back comes up rather high in my opinion and rubs the ankles a little so I just wear short socks and that already does the trick. Again, they just need breaking in, and a couple more runs should do the trick.
Do note, the cut of the shoes are snug! I usually wear a 6, or size 39, but for the PureBOOST X, I’ve got a pair of 6.5 or 40s and it’s just perfect, so going for a half size larger is just right.
All in all, a great lil running shoe – a good fit, sexy, and pretty too.. like every woman should be. Anyway this is only my preliminary review.. Will let you know how I like them, once I’ve broken them in. Looking forward to taking them on my 21K plus 42K run even 😉