adidas running shoes for 2014

I got invited up to London on Wednesday to preview the adidas 2014 range. Here's my running shoe write-up with ClimaChill and Terrex Stealth articles to follow soon.

Hope some of you find it interesting.


  • Hi Charles,

    Thanks for this. Do you have access to a detailed comparison of all the shoes in the Boost range at all? I've seen bits and bobs online but I'm struggling to find a good side-by-side comparison.
  • Spam only posts in months are sales. 

    Only reply miraculously a first post *yawn* 

  • Yes so kind of you to go to the trouble of doing this for us
  • Well, that's the first time I've been accused of being a spammer for asking a genuine question. Thanks for the welcome, booktrunk.

  • I've only used the Energy and the Adios. PM me what you want to know though in case I can help.

  • Is the Springblade a joke? It's really heavy too. I might grab some boosts in the sales though.

  • I suspect any benefits the blades can give will be offset by the extra weight. They have been out for quite a while in the US but there doesn't seem to be a lot of buzz around them. I can't find any decent reviews of them with proper analysis. Most of the ones I've read are the day following launch, i.e. they used them once and then "reviewed" them image I refuse to write anything up unless I've done 40-50 miles. If anyone has seen a decent review, let's have the link.

    They feel great when landing on the heel in the confines of a small room, but I'm a "forefoot with heel dab runner" so I don't think they are aimed at me. Maybe they will be good for heelstrikers. The blue colour at the launch was cool though - want some race shoes in that colour.

  • Thanks Charles. I was pretty much just lazily hoping there was a general comparison chart out there somewhere of the whole range. I'll do some more digging around. image
  • My best guess (remember I've only tried Adios and Energy: Adios - fast/light, Energy - more foam for comfort (I use for recovery runs), Glide (if you don't like Techfit and want traditional upper), Adistar - a bit of support for over pronation, Sonic - an all round shoe.

  • Thanks! That's a great starting point. image
  • The adistars are a strange one. The have an amount of over pronation support in the heel/arch area, made with normal EVA foam (which is more solid than the boost sole so disuades the foot from rolling into the area), but neutral runners report that they are fine to run in too. I think the adistar choice will depend on whether or not you like the separated heel structure.

    By the looks of it, I'm not the only one that finds the range a bit confusing. I think adidas could take note of the way asics does its website on which I can very quickly narrow down to the type of shoe I'm interested in based on running type, usage type and pronation type.

    What do you want a lighter shoe for? Short or long distance?

  • Seems weird that you guys are hyperlinking the adidas site (unless RW does it automatically).

  • Ah, done automatically.


    Also, won't let me edit my own post to remove it.

  • I presume it's skimlinks (or similar). It's done via javascript after the page loads - you'll see your "adidas" word as normal text for a second after a page refresh, and then a fraction of a second later, the script will turn the word into a link. Clicking on the link and making a purchase will give runnersworld a small commission (without affecting the price you pay), thus helping to keep the RW site running without having to plaster adverts all over it. image

    You'll notice loads of other brand names turning into links around the rest of the site.

  • Autumn Winter stuff if anyone's interested:

    Boost material filtering down to Response and three different varieties of energy boost. Rocket boost climachill looks like a winner, but the new adios boost might be a step backwards (I loved the large techfit toebox on the previous version)

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Do you ever review other brands or is it only Adidas?
  • Have a look at the homepage. adidas, Vibram, Like The Wind, Scott, Dakine, Continental etc. I'm currently putting the following through their paces for review: Maxxis tyres, Garmin 220 watch, Northwave spd shoes, Merrel shoes and Xero shoes.

    I put a link to the press launch write-up because it's a bit like news - I'm guessing people here might be interested. I couldn't find any info about the AW14 stuff elsewhere. I get invited to adidas launches - when other brands invite me to theirs, I'd write those up too.

  • are the rocket boost a mileage shoe in your opinion ?

  • 1 mile?  100 miles or 1,000 miles? 

  • a shoe in which you could do the majority of your weekly mileage... or are they better suited to shorter sessions?

  • Hi Charles, thanks for sharing your adidas shoes range. Have you other brand shoes that you previewed before ?

  • Hi Jayne. Currently only adidas invite me to events. Normally I just review whatever I happen to be using. Like the amazing Saucony Virrata that I've done 500+km in. I'm now a convert to zero drop racing flats. My most recent PB (5k parkrun) was in Treksport Sandals! (zero drop trail 5fingers). It took me a year to transition, but now I can run in any drop.

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