Tech Talk: Adidas Boost


In 2013, Adidas launched a new technology they claimed could revolutionize the running industry—the Boost midsole. Now two years later, almost every shoe in Adidas’ running line (as well as many of its other sports footwear) are equipped with Boost technology. Plus, other running brands are launching their own version of the technology for Spring 2016.

So, what makes it so special? Most running shoes use an EVA foam-rubber midsole. Not Boost shoes. Instead, the midsole is made up of tiny spheres of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Developed by BASF Global, the world’s leading chemical company, this TPU midsole underwent 3 years of research and development before it was introduced to the public.


Adidas claims the Boost TPU midsole has many benefits over the traditional EVA technology. EVA is a responsive material that compresses with each step and rebounds to return energy to the foot. Over time, EVA can wear down, requiring the runner to invest in a new pair of shoes. Boost technology eliminates this problem with thousands of energy capsules that store and release energy only when it’s needed— without losing integrity.

While it’s still under debate whether or not Boost technology actually outperforms EVA, it’s clear that Boost does offer superior cushion for high-mileage runs. Don’t just take our word for it. We sent a pair to popular YouTube run blogger, Ginger Runner. See what he has to say about the Adidas Adizero Boston 5 Boost.

What do you think about Boost technology? Let us know in the comment section below.

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