When I first turned my attention to running, I didn’t think about Adidas as a shoe option at all. I had a cool pair of Adidas when I was in middle school and trying to pretend I could skateboard. That’s what they would always be associated with in my mind. Rather I jumped all over the Brooks bandwagon and then later regretted it because every pair of Brooks I have ever owned have destroyed my feet and/or legs.
Time went on and I realized more and more that Brooks were not for me, so I started to interview other brands. I ran my first marathon in Saucony Kinvara 4 and think they are great shoes, but will likely not get another pair. I have a love/hate relationship with the Waverider 17 because while I feel like a lead-foot when I wear them they were the only shoes I could run in when my injury issues were at their worst. Then I landed on New Balance and in my opinion they are the most underrated shoe brand out there. I have two pairs: my 890 that I like for mid-distance runs and easy runs, and my 1400 race flats that I received as part of my Fit Foodie Ambassadorship and I use for speed work. And then came my beloved Hoka Clifton because I needed all the help I could get with my right shin and knee and I believe they were instrumental in letting me run longer distances without pain.
As you can see I’ve been through a lot of shoes in the past not-even-two-years. So far I’ve been the biggest champion of New Balance and Hoka, but now just in time for Christmas I have a new pair to cheer about.
I’m not just cheering because of that FABULOUS robin’s egg blue color.
Meet my never-before-considered Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2. Like many others that are obsessed with running, I love reading about all things running and shoes and the things I have been reading about these particular shoes piqued my interest. Fast, light, and great for anything from a 5K to a marathon and as a fan of all distances I was itching to try on a shoe that could be used in any race situation.
So what was the problem?
The price tag. In most cases the Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 retails for around $140. Which would be even more expensive than my Hoka and without the ridiculous REI return policy. With Christmas on the horizon and a little B to shop for there was just no way I could consider them.
That was until the other day when I was doing some shopping on Ebay for one aforementioned little B. (Elsa dress with wand and crown for $12…SCORE!) On a whim, I typed these shoes into the search box along with my size and up popped an auction for robin’s egg blue Boosts that the seller advertised as worn only once. The current bid? $30 and the auction was soon to end. I was all over that like white on rice.
Anyway as you can see, I won. Merry Christmas to me! I got a pair of nearly-pristine Boosts for more than $100 less than I would have paid for them new and this morning I took them for their very first test drive; an easy 7 miles with lots of hills. So far? I’m in love.
These shoes feel very similar to my New Balance 1400s in terms of their low profile, but as much as I can feel ever bit of the ground under my feet, there is still this springy cushion that, although thin, kept my legs from feeling all ragged out at the end of my run. As far as the upper is concerned I can feel the 1400s a lot more when I have them on. The Boost construction fits my foot like a glove and they are so, so light. I think I may have found my new speed shoe of choice and one of my new favorite places to buy shoes. Thanks, Ebay!
I wasn’t the only winner this week though!
HEY EMILY GUESS WHAT!? You’re going to Sky Zone! I’ll be contacting you in a bit to get your info on how to get your tickets to you and I hope that when you go, you will give me a call! We would love to come bounce with you!
Thank you so much to everyone who entered and to Sky Zone Timonium for providing me with this cool prize!
Does anyone else have shoes on their Christmas wish list? Have you ever run in Adidas?
I hope everyone has a runderful weekend!