Who doesn’t love the feeling of gliding along and bouncing off the ground while out for a run? The people at Adidas want to create that feeling for every mile, which is why you’ll find the new Supernova on the wall at CRC. This could be the shoe that puts a little pep in your step and spring in your stride.
Adidas uses a material that they call Boost as their cushion system. Essentially, Boost is a bunch of plastic beads that are pressed together under heat, and the result is a super bouncy and durable material that cushions your feet. All of the Adidas shoes have a different ratio of Boost to normal EVA foam, which is the standard material that almost all other shoe companies use. The Supernova uses a 75% Boost to 25% EVA ratio.
Other highlights of the shoe include the Continental tire rubber outsole (aka the bottom of the shoe), which is incredibly durable and grippy on all terrain, and the classic Adidas three-stripes logo that forms a semi-supportive cage around the middle of the foot.
The Supernova looks sleek and streamlined, yet it still provides plenty of cushioning for any length run you’ve planned for the day. While unlacing the shoe, I found a very nice heel tab that sits off the Achilles. If you’ve ever had a problem with a shoe rubbing the back of your heel, then the Supernova might be worth trying on.
I thought the upper was very comfortable and open-feeling without any pinching or rubbing. The first thing I noticed when walking around was the amount of cushion in the heel and bounce at the end of the step. After running ~50 miles so far in this new model, I’m expecting it to be a regular go-to training shoe that provides the perfect blend of pep and cushion most people are looking for.
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Evan Schwartz spends his time running the roads of central Ohio and managing the Short North CRC. When he isn't brainstorming the "next great thing," he is geeking out over all things running shoes.