adidas Originals Superstar Boost

The adidas Superstar needs no introduction. It’s a classic silhouette and pairs great with just about everything. There’s no doubting that it is a staple in many people’s sneaker rotation. What if I told you that adidas has now brought the Superstar into the 21st century, with a Boost midsole and a Primeknit upper. Awesome, right? Well thankfully, adidas has done just that with the Superstar Boost!

Highlights:

  • Timeless adidas style updated with modern technology.
  • Breathable Primeknit upper wraps around your foot to create a sock-like fit, allowing for adaptive support and creating an ultralight shoe.
  • Boost midsole cushions every step giving you all day comfort.

Construction

adidas didn’t necessarily reinvent the wheel with the overall design on the Superstar Boost. The iconic rubber toe cap and the three stripes are apparent, but there are a few upgrades to the technology that make this sneaker special. The most notable improvement is the Primeknit upper. It just gives the shoe so much more breathability over leather Superstars. The shoe feels super light on your feet and allows you to wear the shoe comfortably all day long. For instance, when I wear my leather Superstars, I usually have to take them off mid-day to let my feet breathe. This is never the case with the Superstar Boost model.

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The other notable upgrade is the Boost midsole. While you won’t get the same level of Boost cushioning as you do from an UltraBoost, the shoe is on par with the cushioning of a NMD. This is because, similar to an NMD, your foot sits right on the Boost. In contrast, on the UltraBoost, there are a few extra layers between your foot and the Boost. Overall, it’s a great addition to the shoe and makes it better for walking around town.

Another dynamic touch with the Superstar Boost is what adidas did with the outsole. They “disguised” the Boost with the classic Superstar outsole. It’s only when someone gets close that you can spot the Boost plug on the inside of the shoe. I like this feature because it helps the shoe keep the lines of the original Superstar. Encapsulating the idea of updating a modern classic.

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Performance

The few technological upgrades to the Superstar Boost over the original Superstar make the Superstar Boost a great shoe. Primeknit and Boost combine to a create an ultralight and comfortable sneaker. Now, a concern with knit shoes is if they are as durable as their non-knit counterpart. I wore these shoes for a couple days straight, in sunny weather, in cold weather, walking, and even running (for a very short distance) and happily, the shoes held up great! Whether you’re walking on asphalt, gravel paths, or grass, the Superstar Boost held up just as well as the original Superstar.

The fit of the Superstar Boost is identical to that of the Superstar and fit true to size. The only difference being the Primeknit upper. While, the upper feels a little looser and not as constricting as the standard leather Superstar upper, this doesn’t mean you need to size down. Just simply order your regular size if you pick up these shoes.

Conclusion

At $140, the Superstar Boost is $60 more than an adidas Superstar. However, for this premium, you get a more well rounded shoe. The Primeknit upper and Boost midsole give you the breathability and support you need for all day comfort. Additionally, adidas has kept the classic lines for this update, so you are getting that retro adidas styling that is trending. All in all, if you want a timeless shoe with a modern twist, go pick up a pair of Superstar Boosts.

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