11 Best Adidas Running Shoes for 2018

11 Best Adidas Running Shoes for 2018

Oh, Adidas. What should we do with you? What would we ever do without you? Your product lines are all over the map, model numbers come and go seemingly at random, and your branding gives marketing professors ulcers. But just when we’re about to write you off as a lifestyle brand, you come along with your off-the-charts bouncy Boost rubber soles and suddenly every marathoner with a dream wants Adidas shoes. Other companies make their racing shoes flat to the ground and feather light, but the best Adidas running shoes have generous heels, a couple ounces more weight than the competition – and both men’s and women’s world records in the marathon. Plus they look fantastic.

We can’t help ourselves, along with thousands of other runners. Based on their survey responses, these are the Adidas running shoes that runners rate the highest (or maybe just covet the most).

Number 11

Adidas Pure Boost DPR

Adidas Pure Boost DPR

Sometimes it’s not easy to tell good Adidas running shoes from fashion statements. The Pure Boost is a lifestyle shoe, perfect for looking great and feeling fabulous on your feet while you stroll around town. Take away two ounces of unnecessary weight and add the “DPR” suffix, though, and you have a serious uptempo/daily trainer crossover, a shoe you can use for long miles or for intervals at a snappy pace. The women’s-only Pure Boost X also scores near the top of best Adidas running shoes, women’s division.

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Number 10

Adidas Ultra Boost ST

Adidas Ultra Boost ST

Where most shoe companies get by with just three price levels (budget, standard, and premium), another of Adidas’s innovations – somewhat less exciting than Boost rubber – is the ultrapremium price point for running shoes. If you combine Adidas, overpronation, best running shoes, and the better part of your monthly car payment, you get the Adidas Ultra Boost ST. You also get an absurd amount of Boost rubber, soles whose energy return goes up to eleven, unsurpassed heel cushioning, and stability features to make the whole thing work for overpronators.

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Number 9

Adidas Supernova

Adidas Supernova

For Adidas, “best running shoes” means Boost, of course. If the best running shoes for you are standard neutral daily trainers, then you need the Supernova, which replaces the venerable Glide line. The Supernova offers moderate stability and an especially well cushioned heel, and Runner’s World calls the Supernova its best update.

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Number 8

Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 3

Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 3

Are Adidas good running shoes? Two dozen Japanese men can’t be wrong. That’s how many broke 2:12 in the marathon in 2017. Number of Americans who did it: two. It’s no secret that Japan is rabid about running in a way that makes veterans of the first American running boom feel inadequate. Adidas affixes the “Adizero” title to its racing shoes, and the Takumi Sen is an elite racing shoe designed for a market where there are ten times as many elite racers as there are in the U.S. Just when you’re feeling pretty smug about your top-10 finish at Chicago, remember: the best Adidas running shoes might not be consistently available in North America.

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Number 7

Adidas Energy Boost 3

Adidas Energy Boost 3

When it comes to the best running shoes for me, Adidas has a strong contender in the Energy Boost, at least if you need a neutral daily trainer. The Energy Boost is merely a premium shoe, so it has the same luxurious Boost sole as the Ultra Boost with its supremely well cushioned heel, but it lacks the Ultra Boost’s Primeknit upper.

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Number 6

Adidas Response 3

Adidas Response 3

The best price Adidas running shoes have got to be the Response, a budget neutral trainer that proves that you can solve any problem by adding Boost to the sole. The Response is comfortable, durable, and springy. The Response is also a little hard to find, because Adidas also sells tee shirts, hoodies, jackets, tights, shorts, and who knows what else under the “Response” model name. If you find a great prince on the Adidas Response, make sure it asks for your shoe size rather than your inseam.

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Number 5

Adidas Supernova ST

Adidas Supernova ST

Hopefully you’re getting the hang of it by now. Adidas makes either neutral or support shoes, which can be adapted for racing, uptempo workouts, both uptempo and daily running, or just daily mileage, and it targets budget, standard, premium, and ultrapremium price points—if you do the math, that’s 32 possible combinations. Fortunately, Adidas provides some clues. The Supernova ST (for STability) is the twin of the Supernova, but with extra support features. Instead of trying to remember the difference between the Glide and the Sequence, you just need to remember Supernova/Supernova ST. The Supernova comes with the usual Boost goodness, while providing all the reliable cushioning and stability of the Ultra Boost ST, but at much lower cost. That suggests the Supernova ST might be among the best Adidas shoes for running, particularly if you’re looking for a support daily trainer.

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Number 4

Adidas Ultra Boost 4

Adidas Ultra Boost 4

You’ve got the best Adidas running shoes figured out now. Ultra Boost means responsive cushioning and luxurious comfort at an ultrapremium price. All that ultrasoft Boost cushion in a neutral shoe also puts the Ultra Boost on the list of best Adidas running shoes for high arches.

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Number 3

Men's Adidas Adizero Boston 6

Men's Adidas Adizero Boston 6

The best Adidas shoes for running are its marathon racing shoes—the models that get the Adizero designation. A marathon shoe has to be light and responsive enough to go fast (top marathoners click along at under 5 minutes a mile), while providing enough cushion and support for a 26.2-mile long run. The Boston 6 runs firm and fast, and even if you don’t run marathons, it’s a great choice for uptempo workouts and racing. Is there Boost in the soles? Of course there’s Boost.

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Number 2

Adidas Adizero Adios 3

Adidas Adizero Adios 3

After the men’s world record, the women’s world record, and several of the next fastest times have all been set in it, it’s fair to call the Adios the best Adidas marathon shoes. It’s just a half ounce heavier than the Takumi Sen, with the responsiveness you would expect in an elite marathon shoe and the energy return you would expect from Boost soles. Plus the snug-fitting Adios has an outsole of Continental rubber to grip the roads of London and Berlin on the way to the next record. If your marathon goals include qualifying for the Olympic trials, you probably already own a pair of Adios 3’s, which also top the list of best Adidas women’s running shoes.

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Number 1

Adidas Adizero Tempo 9

Adidas Adizero Tempo 9

If you want to watch things get vicious, ask a group of runners what the right pace is for a tempo run. Stand back and get ready to hear about heart rate percentages, perception of effort, pace comparisons with every distance from the mile to the marathon, hour runs and 20-minute efforts. What many runners do agree on is that the Tempo 9, among the best Adidas running shoes for men, is perfectly designed for your tempo run workouts. The Tempo 9 is a highly flexible and more supportive equivalent of the Boston 6, with plenty of Boost rubber to keep you bouncing through longer races or faster workouts. If you feel like you’re floating above the ground, effortlessly flying through a workout at a aggressively fast pace that feels too easy, you may have finally figured out the right pace for a tempo run. Or maybe it’s just the Boost rubber in your Tempo 9’s.

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