Adidas’ collection of performance shoes featuring Boost technology are well liked by many people. It is often indicated as one of the most game-changing innovations to ever hit the sneaker market. It was designed not for sneakerheads, but was first and foremost as a footwear technology for runners, both amateur and professional.
In 2013, adidas introduced Boost as its revolutionary cushioning system, which provided the highest energy return, unprecedented levels of comfort in any running shoes. The technology was designed to provide runners with soft cushioning and long-lasting energy that more footwear couldn’t.
Adidas partnered with leading chemical company BASF to develop a solid granular material that’s blown up and turned into thousands of small, white energy capsules. When put together to form the distinct Boost midsole, the capsules store and release more energy than any other design on the market.
My experience with the adidas Boost technology comes in the form of adidas Ultra Boost X I received a few months ago. Without beating about the bush, its design was the superlative synthesis of innovation and style, not to mention the fact that it was plainly comfortable.
I was certainly contented when receiving a pair of adidas Solar Boost, knowing that it would be another astonishing review again. First of all, a plus point for this shoe is its new colorway in Ash Grey, which features pops of hi-res yellow, reflecting how injections of bright colour bring life and energy in unexpected places.
A midsole that brings a secure fit
The Solar Boost’s midsole uses high-volume Boost foam accompanied by a slew of familiar features. Engineered with Solar Propulsion rails, new construction that works with adidas’ industry-leading Boost cushioning technology, helping the Achilles move freely, focusing on energy return, and providing inherent stability. In fact, it is the ultimate in comfort and lightweight support for everyday runs.
Solid traction and stable base
The Continental Rubber outsole brings reliable traction on both dry and slippery surfaces. Small lugs on the full-length rubber outsole provide plenty of grip on and off the pavement, while a wide heel gives the shoes a planted feel. This compound also heightens durability for long-term use.
A structured upper
Weighing only less than 295g, the supportive, lightweight silhouette is engineered using cutting-edge Tailored Fiber Placement technology, a data-driven manufacturing process that lays down fibers which feature Parley material content in the mid-foot to precisely support me.
A soft, springy ride
My initial test run in the Solar Boost was an undemanding 5-kilometer run. The kilometers went by very smoothly, running on flat, uphill and downhill. Throughout the run, the upswept achilles tab and the ankle collar were superbly comfortable and secure. My foot was well locked down. The lack of hard plastics or heel counters complemented the run. I was also impressed that while running in the shoe it felt lighter and springier than expected.
A go-to, everyday shoes
In overall, the adidas Solar Boost is surely one that comforts and protects my foot for easy and long runs. It has an upper that compressively hugs my foot and a flexible outsole that adapts to my foot strike. It can be worn sockless due to the softness and smoothness. Most importantly, it solves my dilemma when deciding what to wear every day.
Whether you’re looking for running shoes for your sport of choice, everyday shoes for your on-the-go lifestyle, or purely for fashion, you can do it in comfort with adidas Solar Boost.
Available at adidas Sports Performance (RRP: RM650)