Adidas Energy Boost 3

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Adidas Energy Boost 3 Review Facts

The Adidas Energy Boost 3 provides runners with a solid running shoe with a ton of support. In this shoe, Adidas has done their best to provide the wearer with all that they need in terms of cushioning and support. The best thing about the shoe is the full-length Boost midsole that is featured on the shoe. Along with the boost that runs the midsole of the shoe, there are a variety of other features that Adidas has incorporated into the design of this beautifully crafted shoe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Versatile
  • Supportive
  • Highly cushioned
  • Responsive
Cons
  • Expensive
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole on the shoe was designed to reduce the weight of the overall shoe while also providing the wearer with a very high level of grip. While the outsole of the shoe doesn’t feature the traditional Adi wear material that Adidas shoes have designed with, the sole of the shoe does have some of the features that the Adi wear material provided. The hardened rubber that this layer of the shoe was cut from has been fashioned into their stretch web pattern, allowing the boost that makes up the midsole of the shoe to shine through. Also added to the outsole of the shoe is the Torsion system that we all know and love. This connects both the forefoot and heel of the shoe to increase the range of motion. To fix the issues that came with the previous model of the midsole having too much contact with the ground Adidas reduced the size of the holes in the outsole.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the shoe is designed primarily from a Boost and TPU material hence the name. The sole unit of the shoe allows for a high range of motion and adds a bit of bounce to the steps of the wearer; TPU is very shock absorbent which explains the added bounce; the range of motion that is provided by the shoe stems from Boosts ability to flex naturally. There are also covers on either side of the heel of the shoe to aid it in its efforts to provide the wearer with a decent level of stability.
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Adidas Energy Boost 3 was designed primarily from a mesh material of Adidas design. The shoe features a mesh upper that was also fitted a few coverings to ensure that the wearer had a secure experience inside of the shoe. The Techfit technology on the shoe enhances the stability of the overall shoe by allowing it to provide an overall natural feel while in use. The fit of the upper, coupled with the seams throughout may cause a bit of irritation because of the rubbing of the seams against the foot; this is just something to be wary of while the shoe is in use. Other than that, the upper is well designed and provides a high level of functionality.
Weight

Weight

The cushioning placed throughout the design of this shoe does one thing; it adds a decent amount of weight to the shoe. Despite the minimalist looking design of the upper and the lack of special intricacies on the sole unit, the Adidas Energy Boost 3 weighs in at an astonishing 11oz for a men’s size 11. This doesn’t do much to take away from the feel of the shoe, but it does mean that the wearer may get fatigued a bit aster while wearing the shoe. The flexible materials used throughout the design still allow for a high range of motion, somewhat offsetting the effects of the heavy materials.
Breathability

Breathability

The shoe’s supper is designed primarily from a mesh material that allows for a high level of breathability to be attained during use. The upper does have a few overlays that work to restrict some of the air flow but the impact that these overlays have on the air circulation is very minimal; the upper has very few overlays that cover a small percentage of the sole unit. The toe box of the shoe also features a few perforations that allow for an even greater level of air to enter the shoe. Overall, the design of the shoe prevents the wearer from experiencing the effects that the accumulation of sweat has on the wearer’s foot, allowing for an even greater level of comfort to be achieved by the shoe.
Comfort

Comfort

The Adidas Energy Boost 3 has a design that promotes comfort. The sole unit of the shoe is designed from Adidas’ Boost material; a material that conforms to the shape and curves of the wearer’s foot. The Boost material also has a somewhat pillow feel that stays for the duration of the shoe’s use, adding even more comfort to this shoe’s design. The upper of the shoe is designed from a mesh material. The mesh on the upper of the shoe also works to conform and provide a snug fit for the wearer of the shoe. The strap that is fitted on the heel places an even greater emphasis on the shoe’s ability to provide a snug fit to the wearer; the strap tightens around the heel of the wearer, securing their foot in place and reducing movement.
Style

Style

This all depends on the wearer, but for most, the Adidas Energy Boost 3 would be considered a pretty stylish shoe. The shoe has a slim cut that allows the shoe to be paired with a variety of clothing items. Adidas has also done their best to provide the wearer of the shoe with a variety of colorways even those that appeal to the people who love bold colors. The lack of multiple overlays allows the shoe to look sleek, also benefitting those who would want to wear the shoe in places outside of the typical athletic environment.
Durability

Durability

Adidas did their best to design a shoe that was able to hold up after extended use. Although the shoe doesn’t feature the usual Adi wear outsole it still gets the job done even after rigorous workouts. The boost in the midsole of the shoe retain its bouncy nature and still provides the wearer with a great deal of responsiveness, even after the shoe has been used for an extended period. The upper of the shoe was well built and functions on the same level as the sole unit by retaining the snug fit and providing the wearer with an amazing level of comfort during use; it also doesn’t rip very easily, another plus.
Protection

Protection

All things considered, the various portions of the shoe do their best to provide the wearer with a decent level of protection during use. The upper of the shoe provides the wearer with a snug fit, preventing excess movement of the wearer’s foot during use; this is completely necessary because of the speeds that the shoes are usually used to run at. The midsole of the shoe has copious amounts of cushioning providing the shoe with a sense of stability, which in turn translates into security for the wearer of the shoe the thickness of the sole unit also helps to ward off any possible injury that could take place on the wearer's foot from impact with an outside object.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Boost is known for its ability to provide an overall responsive ride during use. The full-length Boost midsole that Adidas equipped the shoe with is extremely shock absorbent and conforms to the shape of the wearer’s foot during a run. The shock absorbent quality of the shoe allows for an even higher level of energy return and adds a bounce to the step of the wearer. The snug fit provided the upper of the shoe allows for quick movements that aren’t usually provided by loose-fitting shoes.
Support

Support

On top of the level of responsiveness provided by the shoe, Adidas also did their best to provide the shoe with a high level of support for the wearer. The midsole of the shoe and the boost used in the design allows the shoe to conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot and provides support for the natural arches of the foot; there is also a decent amount of the material placed in the heel section providing amazing support for that part of the foot. The upper of the shoe is designed from a form-fitting mesh; this allows the shoe to provide support for the outer curves of the wearer’s foot. The torsion system in the midsole also ensures that support is provided for those who run in the neutral plane.
Terrain

Terrain

The Adidas Energy Boost 3 was designed to primarily be worn on developed terrains. The outsole of the shoe is one that performs best on surfaces such as roads that are relatively constant in their makeup; The shoe wouldn’t last very long if used on strenuous terrains such as trails and the like. The shoe can also be used on damp surfaces, it’s just imperative that one keeps in mind the fact that the upper is designed from mesh and will quickly allow the liquid to seep into the shoe.
Price

Price

As for price, the Adidas Energy Boost 3 can definitely get up there. The shoe has a decent amount of technology included in the design and also provides the wearer with a high level of functionality. The Boost material in the sole unit of the shoe allows for a great deal of comfort and ensures that the wearer experiences a supportive ride; this is one of the biggest things contributing to the high price tag of the shoe. With that, the shoe may not be considered overpriced because of what it delivers.
Traction

Traction

Although the shoe doesn’t have the traditional Adi wear outsole, it does provide the wearer with a fair level of grip during use. The hardened rubber material in the outsole coupled with the patterning that it was provided allows the shoe to grip the ground with a fair level of ferocity. The shoe has been given a sort of waffle pattern, also allowing the shoe to achieve a certain level of flex during use. One thing to keep in mind though is that the outsole experiences a decent amount of wear during use; this means that the grip achieved by the shoe fades as well.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The material used in the design of the shoe allows for a decent level of flex to be achieved during use. The shoe has an upper made from a mesh material; this material although it fits snugly, bends rather easily, providing the wearer with a bit of flex during use. The sole unit of the shoe also works to this effect; the outsole has a few grooves allowing the shoe to bend rather easily. The boost portion of the midsole also bends fairly easily, allowing the shoe to retain a fair level of flex during use as well.
Stability

Stability

The snug fit provided by the upper of the shoe and the cushioning effect of the midsole ensures that the shoe provides the wearer with a sense of stability and security during use. The shoe features a midsole designed primarily from Boost; the boost is relatively firm in certain areas, allowing the shoe to retain its shape in said areas resulting in a sense of security for the wearer of the shoe. The upper of the shoe also works to this effect by securing the wearer foot snugly on both the heel and the outer edges of the shoe, allowing for the same level of security felt by the midsole to be felt by this portion.
Drop

Drop

The drop on the Adidas Energy Boost 3 is pretty standard, 10mm. The heel-to-toe ratio on this shoe coupled with the design of the upper and the material that makes up the sole of the shoe allows for fairly decent transitions and a comfortable overall ride for the wearer.
Key features

Key features

• Boost and TPU midsole
• Techfit upper
• Torsion system in midsole
• Heel strap
Verdict

Verdict

Overall, for the technology featured in the shoe and the feel during use, Adidas did a pretty good job with this shoe. The shoe provides the wearer with a comfortable feeling ride due to the boost in the midsole and the mesh make of the upper of the shoe. Although the shoe may be on the more expensive end of the spectrum, these qualities of the shoe make one wonder if the price that the shoe is offered at is really too high.