The latest Adidas Solarboost is a go-to if you’re looking for a new pair of running shoes. Bonus: It comes in a super dreamy colourway we can’t get enough of.
With so many brands launching various shoe technologies these days, it’s tough to make a choice when it comes to your next pair of running shoes. Our current favourite? The Adidas Solarboost. It meets all our requirements of a legit pair of running shoes, plus it comes in heavenly pastel shades. Here’s exactly what to look out for when you go shoe shopping.
1. Roomy toe box
You definitely want some wiggle room in the toe box to avoid blisters, calluses or damaged toenails. Furthermore, your feet expand when you run, so make allowances for that. As a gauge, use the “rule of thumb” method. While wearing the shoes, raise the big toe of your larger foot against the shoe, and see if the width of your thumb fits nicely between the tip of your toe and top of your shoe. If it doesn’t, go half a size or one size up.
2. Fitting heel
Fit is of the essence when it comes to buying running shoes, or any shoes for the matter. Many of us tend to neglect checking the fit around our heel. Do so by placing your index finger between the shoe’s heel and your heel. If your finger doesn’t slide in effortlessly, the shoes are too tight. And if there is too much leeway, try downsizing your shoes. The heels of the shoes should fit snugly but not tightly. You won’t encounter any issues if you opt for the right size with the Solarboost. It’s designed with an accommodating fit to ensure that it doesn’t dig into the back of your heels.
3. Good cushioning
This is especially crucial if you often run on hard surfaces like concrete. Cushioning is crucial to protect your feet and joints in the ankles, knees and hips from repetitive shock and impact. Thankfully, the Solarboost comes with the iconic Adidas Boost sole that provides soft and springy cushioning. Plus, it gives an added bounce that propels you forward, allowing you to pick up the pace with ease. We are also impressed by how lightweight and non-distracting the shoes feel, even with solid cushioning.
4. Seamless upper
Seams can rub against your feet to cause abrasions. The seamless mesh upper of the Solarboost is designed to keep blisters at bay. It wil also keep your feet cool and dry – perfect for running even on a hot, sunny day.
5. Rigid midsection
The midsection between the insole and outsole of your shoes is known as the shank. Twist the shoe along its long axis to check if the shank is rigid. If the shank rotates easily, your midfoot will be subjected to extra stress when you’re running. Over time, that may result in injuries like heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis.
Once you’ve checked off all the technicalities, you can afford to look at the aesthetics of your running shoes. Admit it, one of the most exciting parts about working out is wearing cute gear. As sneakerheads, we are currently obsessed with the refreshing colourway of the Solarboost. The dreamy hues of blue, mint and lilac make this pair of running shoes a must-get.
The Adidas Solarboost retails at S$220 and is now available online and at select Adidas stores in MBS, Suntec City, Changi Airport Terminal 2 & 4, Ion, Paragon and Bugis Junction. You can also find them at IRUN in 313 & Queensway, SLH Interlink and select Royal Sporting House stores.
Brought to you by Adidas Singapore.