If you’re tired of replacing your running shoes sooner than expected, we’ve tried hard to find and review some of the most durable running shoes in 2020.
Let’s dive right into it…
Most Durable Running Shoes
- Adidas Adios 5 – Best for springiness
- Nike Vomero 14 – Best for comfort
- Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit – Best for accommodating steadiness
- Reebok Forever FloatRide Energy 2 – Best for looks
- Saucony Triumph 17 – Best for energizing responsiveness
- Saucony Freedom 3 – Best for width
- Brooks Launch 7 – Best for energy return
- Saucony Guide 13 – Best for cushioning & stability
Quick Comparison of the Best 5
- Saucony Triumph 17
- W: 9.2.oz 〉 M: 10.7.oz
- 8mm heel-to-toe drop
- Engineered Jacquard mesh upper
- PWRRUN+ midsole
- Firm and durable rubber
- True to size
- Adidas Adios 5
- 9mm heel-to-toe drop
- light & flexible upper
- Full-length Lightstrike midsole
- Continental rubber outsole
- Half size up
- Saucony Guide 13
- W: 9.3oz 〉 M: 10.1.oz
- 8mm heel-to-toe drop
- Engineered mesh upper
- PWRRUN midsole
- Rubber outsole
- Half size up
- Nike Vomero 14
- W: 8.6.oz 〉 M: 9.9.oz
- 10mm heel-to-toe drop
- Woven mesh upper
- Zoom Air midsole
- BRS 1000 carbon rubber outsole
- True to size
Adidas Adios 5
In terms of specs, the Adios has really not changed that much over time. In the 5th major version of the shoe, we’re still looking at a 10-millimeter heel-to-toe drop.
There’s an engineered mesh upper through.
Instead of the full Boost midsole that you saw on the Adios 4, there’s now a new compound that Adidas has created called LightStrike.
This is a bit more lightweight than Boost. It has a really good response rate and has really nice longevity to it.
So if you found the Adios 4 or previous versions of the shoe sort of packed out and got a little bit softer overtime, the LightStrike should solve that problem for you.
Related: Adidas Adios vs Boston Comparison
Instead of a full Continental outsole, we still have the AdiWear rubber on the heel of the shoe, which really helps if you’re a bit more of a heel striker or if you find you’re on the track and you need a little bit more grip.
The Continental outsole is one of the best outsoles in the market in terms of durability and grip.
There’s a big black plate on the outsole right below your arch. This replaces the traditional torsion system that was in the Adidas Boston, the Adios, and some other shoes.
Effectively, what this shoe does is it helps with the rebound from the midfoot to the heel. It’s a bit tighter now and it’s a bit more lightweight.
So, if you found the old gray torsion bar a little bit too stiff or it just didn’t last that long for you, this new plate should last quite a bit longer and spring back quicker.
Who’s the Adios 5 intended for?
The Adios 5 is intended for the same crowd that all the other Adios were for. But, a long way back in a time before carbon plated shoes and much controversy, the Adios was the most winning marathon shoe on the planet.
You would see this thing cross some finish lines in first, second, and third all the time. The Adios is still a killer shoe. It’s still intended for really long-distance racing, track sessions, shorter distance tempo runs, and then racing up to a half marathon.
I know a lot of people will race marathons in this shoe, but for me, track workout all the way to half marathon is where this shoe just hits the sweet spot.
Adios vs Boston
If you’re running in the Boston and you’ve never run in the Adios before, they complement each other really well.
The Boston is a fantastic shoe if you want something a little bit more flexible with a little bit more cushion and a little bit more forgiveness in the toe box. The Adios will tighten up a bit, get a little bit quicker and springier for you. You’ll love the Adios for workouts and for racing.
From an aesthetic standpoint, the Porsche 911 has remained relatively unchanged. It has slowly evolved over time but always kept its original sort of shape and cachet and its personality.
The Adios is the same sort of thing. It really hasn’t changed that much. It’s just slowly evolved over time to meet the needs of a more discerning runner.
Midsole, outsole, and upper materials have all evolved an Adidas has done a fantastic job with implementing them into this shoe.
The Adios 5 is the shoe that somebody that loves the Adios will continue to love. This is a shoe that you’ll recognize and you’ll be happy with the updates.
Again, the LightStrike midsole feels amazing on, and coupled with that Continental outsole, you’ll be gripping and ripping down the street before you know it.
Nike Vomero 14
The Nike Vomero has been one of runners’ favorite Nike running shoes for years. But as you can probably see, this 14th iteration of the Vomero has seen some drastic changes. Almost everything from top to bottom has been updated.
Related: Nike Vomero 15 vs Pegasus 37
The upper uses an engineered mesh that is a bit more structured compared to other Nike running shoes like the Pegasus.
This upper has a slightly thicker feel to the touch, which I was hoping that it wouldn’t affect the breathability. Well, the Vomero is not a hot shoe, but it doesn’t breathe as well in hot days.
However, this upper is really durable and does contain your foot in pretty well.
Combined with FlyWire, getting a secure fit is pretty easy. Nike carried a similar silhouette from the Nike Pegasus and gave this shoe that same heel cup that flares outward.
As weird as that may look, you’re going to get a secure heel lock and have no issues with rubbing or the heel slipping.
The back of the heel also has that pointy aerodynamic look to it. I’m sure that Nike will say that it makes the shoe perform better, but I think it just looks cool.
The one last thing I want to point out is the tongue. The tongue is fairly flat and has just a tad of padding. This tongue just gives the Vomero a sleeker less bulkier feel, provided you have no issues with thin tongues.
The heel also has a tad of padding but not too much, just the right amount.
Overall, the upper is solid. It’s definitely one of the more stable structured uppers out of the Nike running shoe lineup.
The midsole is where this Vomero 14 makes some pretty big changes. In the last few iterations of the Vomero, we had two Zoom units, one in the heel and one in the forefoot combined with as softer Lunarlon foam.
That is no longer the case. In the Vomero 14, Nike replaced the Lunar foam with React foam which we get in shoes like the Nike Epic React. Then later, the Nike Pegasus got upgraded to a full-length Zoom unit.
So, Nike decided to combine React foam and Zoom into one shoe, the Vomero 14.
The Vomero 14 has a combination of a full-length Zoom unit with React foam. In short, this combination made the Vomero 14 really smooth.
Typically, shoes like this can feel a bit bulky and clunky. But the full-length Zoom gives the Ride of the Vomero that nice transition and keeps it responsive.
The React does provide a bit more cushioning in a lighter feel but it doesn’t feel as prominent compare to what we’ve got in the Epic React.
It is not as soft and as bouncy, but it’s a much more cushioned stable feel. It’s not firm as in hard and it provides a bit more impact protection but allows you to keep the momentum going.
The outsole uses some blown rubber throughout the medial side of the shoe. It has a bit more of a squish to it and provides some extra shock absorption.
The lateral side has a bit more of a firmer rubber. Traction-wise, the Vomero 14 holds up fine.
The Vomero 14 is a totally different design from the previous Vomero but it still gets the job done. It is fairly stiff up into the toe area where you get a bit more flex, which I think helps keep the shoe nice and smooth.
Overall, the ride of the Vomero is smooth, the upper is simple yet effective with no hot spots. Taking it out on longer runs is no problem and even going fast in the Vomero is fine.
I feel like this shoe is in that weird place. While it’s a great neutral option that has a bit more structure to it, it still has that all-around workhorse feel.
Honestly, the Vomero 14 feels more like a beefed-up Nike Pegasus and less of a Vomero.
So, if you like the Pegasus, I will say you will love the Vomero, and if you despise the Pegasus, stay away from the Vomero.
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit
The Infinity has had quite the hype around it. Nike promoted that this shoe is supposed to reduce injuries and help runners keep running.
This is possibly a bit more of a stability option, but some may see this as more of an evolution of the Nike Epic React.
Like with many Nike running models, you have a one-piece Flyknit upper, but this Flyknit is a bit more structured than what we had seen on the Epic React series.
They call this Flyknit ‘Flyknit Loft’. It has three layers of mesh to really give this shoe a more secure fit while areas like the tongue are a bit more stretchy like typical Flyknit.
The big thing going on here is the addition of this plastic clip that goes from around the heel and towards the side of the foot.
This is what seems to guide the foot to be more stable for a more efficient foot strike. I see there’s a similar concept to what Brooks does with their GuideRail support system, which is supposed to help promote a more efficient gait cycle.
Along with the extra React foam and a more curved rocker design, the Infinity React really seems to be going for that stable yet plush ride.
There’s actually 24% more React foam in this shoe compared to the Epic React.
The overall base of the shoe is wider. The React Infinity flares outward from around the midfoot and back towards the heel.
Typically, the more platform you have on the ground, the more stable the ride should be and I find that to be the case.
The outsole is pretty much giving the people what they want because many people did not like the idea of having so much exposed rubber on their Epic Reacts.
On the React Infinity Run, we have rubber throughout the entire bottom of the shoe. I found that with the extra rubber and the extra React foam, the shoe is a lot more durable than the Epic React but not as flexible as other Nike models.
The rocker curve design enables the Infinity Flyknit to feel a bit smoother in transition. So the lack of flexibility is not an issue for a lot of runners.
Traction is fine for the most part but just not great in wet areas. But I don’t see myself bringing up a Flyknit shoe in wet environments anyway. Flyknit and water is never a good match.
I like how Nike finally opened up the toe box. You won’t have to move up a size to compensate for more toe room and the midfoot lockdown is pretty good especially for a Flyknit upper.
It is secure on the toe box, in the midfoot, and then stretchy throughout the tongue. The best part is the pull tab.
So the React Infinity Run is a cool shoe and it’s very durable. It does the job by providing a plush bouncy ride in a nice fitting stable package.
This shoe feels great in modest to moderate pace runs. It may be a bit too much shoe for speed but comfortable as a daily trainer.
Well, will this shoe prevent or reduce injuries? I can’ say. But other than that, it’s a good shoe.
There is a bit of an arch in the shoe like it is kind of aggressive. However, fortunately after a few hours in the shoe, the arch will start to settle in and fell a bit more normal.
Last but not least, there are a lot of great running shoes from Nike, but the Infinity Run is one of Nike’s most durable running shoes.
Reebok Forever FloatRide Energy 2
It seems like Reebok just threw away the entire upper of the previous version and gave us a whole new look.4
The upper consists of your standard mesh. It is a bit more structured around the toe cap area but has a bit more give above the toes to give you some wiggle room.
You’ll have no issues with toe space and if anything, the sizing might fit a tad long. I’m not sure if I would go down a size since the width of the shoe is about where I would want it.
The breathability in this shoe is great with the ventilation holes going throughout the toe box and down the side panels of the shoe.
We also have the oversized Reebok logo overlay that reinforces the fit. Usually, I’m not into the whole oversized logo thing, but I can’t help but like this old-school retro look of the shoe. It’s kind of fresh.
The tongue has a tad of padding and I think it has the perfect amount for a daily training shoe like this.
The heel cup has a slight curve around the Achilles area. It’s not as dramatic as some brands, but it serves the same purpose of preventing irritation while still providing good lockdown.
The heel is reinforced with the external heel counter that adds more support. Reebok did indeed add a pull tab on the heel.
So, basically what I’m saying is the upper is good to go. Nothing crazy is going on, but there is nothing to get upset about. It does the job and that’s all we need.
In the midsole, you have the FloatRide Energy Foam. The best way that I could describe this material is by comparing it to the Adidas Boost. It’s a nice bounce-back feel, but it feels lighter and more stable.
It is what I would consider a balanced cushioning. It’s not super soft but not stiff and hard, just a balanced feel with a little bounce.
This is what makes this Reebok what it is. It’s versatile, it’s engaging, and it’s just one of those shoes that you can pick up without having to think.
You can go fast or you can jog slow, it covers most of what many elite joggers would do as far as training. It’s a very safe bet.
The outsole rubber has you covered completely. While many shoes are going towards the exposed outsole to lose weight, Reebok focused on durability.
While this amount of rubber does add some weight, the shoe in itself doesn’t feel heavy at all.
Traction-wise, it grips well on typical road-like surfaces. You can actually use it on some wet days and it will do great.
The flexibility on the toes is pretty good considering the amount of rubber the shoe has, but somehow Reebok made it work.
So the FloatRide Energy is the perfect example of a shoe giving the people what they want for an affordable price.
Honestly, this shoe feels like it can match up against shoes that are well higher in price range. So if you’re looking for an all-around shoe that will not break the bank, this should most definitely be on your list.
The Reebok FloatRide Energy 2 may not amaze everyone, but it will most definitely earn their respect.
Some people will say ‘I’m not going to run in a Reebok shoe’. Well, that’s fine, I’m just letting you know that when it comes to the Reebok FloatRide Energy, you boys and girls need to wake up and smell the Reeboks.
Saucony Triumph 17
As one of the best running shoes for beginners, the Saucony Triumph series is Saucony’s premium neutral high cushioning option in their lineup.
The upper has what Saucony is calling their FORMFIT upper and it feels pretty much what it sounds like.
The mesh has a decent amount of give to allow for an adaptable fit, but it’s still sturdy enough to hold your foot in place.
The midfoot has overlays to help provide some structure. If you look closely, the heel pattern changes up to a padded material that’s a bit rigid around the heel cup but softer and plush towards the Achilles.
The tongue is on the plush side. When combining the entire package of the fit, the upper feels super comfortable.
Even after a few weeks of running in it, you’ll still feel the same way every time you put the shoes on.
The drawback is that the amount of padding can feel stuffy after a while especially if you’re used to a more minimal upper. But if you like more padding on the tongue, you can’t be happier.
The breathability of the Saucony Triumph is about average, but I can say that this might be a bit warm if you had to run during the summer.
Overall, the upper is great and you will have no issues with the fit or durability. Actually, I think Saucony found the sweet spot of being form-fitting while still having a good amount of space in the toe box.
The toe box is not too tight but not too sloppy.
The biggest update is the new PWRUN+ foam. EVERUN is no more, which at first may seem like a bad thing. But if you’re still a fan of EVERUN, I just want to say you shouldn’t be. This PWRUN+ foam is better in just about every single way possible.
EVERUN in itself is a bit heavy, but most TPU based foams are. This new foam is lighter, softer, and still maintains that bounciness.
The midfoot/forefoot cushioning is one of the best that you could feel. Transition on foot strike feels smooth.
The only thing that I could say against it is that it may be a bit too soft if you really love how the previous versions of the shoe felt.
The outsole brings back the crystal rubber, which is very durable and solid all around. Saucony combined it with some softer rubber on the heel and near the toe to help grip on slicker terrain. As far as road-like surfaces, this is not a problem.
The flexibility of the Saucony Triumph is also a change worth noting. Sometimes, when you get shoes with a lot of cushioning, the shoe can lose this natural feel when coming out of the foot strike.
As far as the toe-off, the Saucony Triumph maintains that natural feel. It is stable enough but never feels too stiff. It feels just right for a shoe in this category.
The Triumph 17 has its purpose and I think it executes it all around in a great way.
It would pair up well with a lighter weight shoe like the Saucony Kinvara 11 or the Saucony Ride 13.
The Triumph 17 is definitely a shoe for longer runs, but you can be able to hold down some decent paces when needing to.
Again, the Triumph 17 is the shoe that you can put on for those extra-long miles and not have to worry about how far or longer going.
If there’s someone who likes the idea of a durable bouncy cushioned shoe but you’re wanting something not too clunky, this has to be on your radar.
Last but not least, the Triumph’s crystal rubber outsole makes it one of the better most durable running shoes from Saucony along with the Freedom, the Liberty ISO, and the Guide 13.
Saucony Freedom 3
The Freedom series kind of splits the difference between a performance daily trainer while still providing all the bells and whistles that Saucony has to offer.
With new technology and some significant changes, the Saucony Freedom 3 is better than it ever has.
Straight off the bat, this new Freedom upper is revamped entirely. No longer do we have the knit from the previous model nor do we even have the ISOFIT lacing technology.
Apparently, Saucony must have heard runners had not been in love with the ISOFIT and so they made a brave decision, no more ISOFIT.
The new FORMFIT upper uses more of a mesh knit blend that I think is a bit softer on foot. It still provides an accommodating fit and has a good amount of stretch near the toe box and on the sides of the foot.
The fit itself has more of an unstructured design meaning that it is not super supportive on the midfoot, but I wouldn’t call it flimsy.
It kind of sits in that middle where if you have a neutral foot strike, you really won’t notice much. But if you’re someone who excessively rolls inward or outward, it may be more apparent.
There’s some stitching on the sides that is supposed to help with stability. It does a decent job, but when compared to shoes like the Triumph 17 or the Saucony Ride, those have a better lockdown.
The rest of the upper is similar to what we had in the previous model.
There’s a more rounded heel cup which I think is a bit more structured than before. You still have a slightly padded tongue that is attached to the rest of the shoe for that sock-like fit.
On foot, the shoe feels great with no weird issues with hot spots or irritation.
Now the most noteworthy update to the new Freedom is the inclusion of Saucony’s PWRUN+ foam.
This is a similar foam to what we have in the Triumph 17. I’m happy to say that it brings most of what makes that shoe good to the Freedom.
Compared to the EVERUN foam, this new foam is bouncier, lighter, and just more forgiving.
The older EVERUN foam was a bit heavy, which made the last Freedom a bit bottom-heavy. PWRUN+ definitely gives the shoe a more balanced ride and the transition while running is as smooth as ever and just a tad softer.
The feeling underfoot sits right between what you would get in the Kinvara 11 and having a more responsive feel and the Triumph 17 having a more cushier feel.
This makes the Freedom 3 an all-around versatile shoe.
When going up-tempo, the bounce and responsiveness that the Freedom provides just feel right, cushioned yet still fast. When slowing down the pace and going long, it is still comfortable.
The Freedom 3 has range and that’s what makes it a winner. From short and fast runs to longer runs, it can handle most runs very well.
The outsole has a slightly updated crystal rubber design, but it’s more or less the same really durable stuff.
Saucony added some normal rubber along with the crystal rubber to help with traction on wetter surfaces.
The crystal rubber in every Saucony shoe has been very durable. So as long as you keep it on the road, it should hold up well.
As a stand-alone shoe, the Saucony Freedom 3 has to be on the top list in 2020. You’d like the softer feel and the overall versatility of the shoe.
The only thing that I’m not really feeling is the look. The look of the Freedom ISO 2 was better, but I’m sure that most of you will take functionality and durability over aesthetics.
Brooks Launch 7
As one of the best neutral running shoes, the Brooks Launch 7 is all about being as lightweight and responsive as possible while still offering enough protection to be used for your daily training miles.
Taking a look at this shoe, you might think it looks fairly similar to the previous version and you’d be right.
The main updates with this shoe can be seen in the upper. The upper now features a one-piece mesh design that’s lightweight and simple. The new upper is a bit more of an airy feel, which is perfect for those warm-weather runs.
The Launch is going to maintain that same fit while enhancing that on-foot comfort.
The Launch 7 continues to use the same tooling as before. It uses that BioMogo DNA midsole for a soft and simple underfoot experience. The midsole is very light and more cushioned but still nice and snappy.
The BioMogo midsole has enough cushion to protect you from the daily vigors of impact and pounding. Yet, it is firm enough that it creates a very quick transfer to the big toe so you have increased turnover when you need to go fast whether it’s on the track or the road.
It’s lightweight for your tempo runs and it has enough cushioning for your daily training.
On the outsole, we’re going to continue to see that same blown rubber design. This full layer of durable rubber on the outsole makes this shoe really adaptable for a variety of workouts, distances, and terrains.
It’s got that midfoot transition zone for a smooth and fast take-off.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the Launch series or just simply seeking a lightweight performance neutral trainer, the Brooks Launch 7 could be the shoe for you.
The Launch 7 is an ultra-responsive training/racing shoe that can be found somewhere in between a racing flat and a daily cushioned trainer.
Saucony Guide 13
First off, a lot of people confuse the Saucony Guide with the Ride series. Here’s a comparison of two similar running shoes, the Ride 13 vs Brooks Ghost 13.
Featuring reliable cushioning and stability in an all-new package, the Guide 13 continues to be a great option for moderate overpronators.
The Guide 13 is a slightly structured shoe. It’s not for the heaviest of overpronators, though but it’s also not a neutral shoe.
Wrapping the shoe altogether, we’ve got a new upper. The shoe uses a jacquard mesh that’s very soft and luxurious on foot.
The upper is very similar to the previous Saucony Guide and it’s really similar to the Kinvara. It’s breathable with not too much overlay. It still has the padded heel collar so that there’s no chafing.
Besides updating the medial posting, Saucony went ahead and decided to no longer use the ISOFIT upper/lacing technology.
Enter Saucony’s FORMFIT upper technology. With this FORMFIT, you’re going to have a very natural on-foot experience that really just dials in that fit perfectly because it’ll mold to your foot.
As we move from the toe box to the tongue and ankle collar of this shoe, the first thing we’ll notice is the toe cap is now on the inside of the shoe. And as we move up, we’ll Saucony’s flat rope laces that they use on almost all their shoes.
At the top, you’ll see a nice padded tongue to go along with a nice and plush buttery soft ankle collar.
Inside the heel cup, there is going to be an internal heel counter to lock in that Achilles for that one-to-one fit.
So the Guide 13 maintained a lot of its characteristics from the older model. However, the biggest change with the new Guide is a different foam that Saucony is incorporating.
Gone is EVERUN cushioning and what has replaced it is PWRUN foam.
Saucony is letting us know that the PWRUN foam:
- is 25 to 28% lighter,
- has 5% more energy return,
- is 3x more durable,
- is 2x more flexible.
That is a lot to take in, Saucony. Let’s hope it’s all true.
Overall, the big difference with this foam is it’s a little bit snappier and it’s a little bit lighter, more responsive, more durable, and more flexible than EVERUN. This is what Saucony thinks its runners are going to love.
Talking about stability, the Guide uses a TPU medial plastic posting that runs from about the midfoot to the heel. This will help guide a runner’s stride who tends to pronate a little bit.
Moving on down to the outsole, we’re going to see that TriFlex crystal rubber. It’s very adaptive and flexible while also offering the traction and durability you’ve come to expect in the Guide series.
So the outsole is composed of a more durable rubber composite along with a TriFlex rubber, which is going to increase the flexibility of this outsole.
The ideal use for the Guide is actually similar to the Triumph 17 in that it’s for a long run or it’s for a day when you’re feeling a little bit beat up and it’s going to give you more support than other models that the company sells.
This isn’t necessarily a speed work running shoe, it isn’t necessarily a race shoe, but this is a great staple to have in your lineup for days when you’re going for the long haul.
Saucony Liberty ISO 2
The Liberty ISO is essentially Saucony’s stability version of the Freedom.
The upper of the Liberty uses an engineered stretch mesh that is lightweight. It is very similar to the previous Saucony Freedom’s upper in that it is very breathable and it has a nice stretch to it.
Towards the midfoot of the shoe, the mesh and overlays are structured in a way that provides a bit more stability.
The ISOFIT lacing system on the Liberty does a good job adapting to the foot with no pressure points around the lacing.
Saucony added a more structured heel frame that works well. The heel support is much better as far as being structured and does its job as far as keeping your foot in place.
The Liberty uses a full-length EVERUN midsole. Much like the Freedom ISO, it is very responsive and snappy but a bit heavy.
Comfort-wise, it’s pretty good for what it is. It is slightly firmer in the forefoot compared to what the previous Saucony Freedom provides, which could be a good thing for those who want a more stable responsive toe-off.
The stability of the shoe is key because of the Guidance Frame on the medial side of the shoe. This frame helps the runners counteract some of the overpronation that may happen while running.
I would say the stability feature of this shoe is noticeable but not overly invasive.
The Liberty sure works well for those who want just a touch of stability in their running shoe.
The outsole uses a TriFlex crystal rubber combined with reinforced rubber for added durability.
Surprisingly, the shoe still allows for some flex, which is sometimes hard to find in some stability shoes.
Traction-wise, it is okay. It isn’t the best on wet grass, but it does well on roads.
So the Saucony Liberty ISO is pretty much what I thought it would be. It’s a performance trainer with a touch of stability.
If you’re someone who wears stability shoes, this might be a great pickup if you’re needing an up-tempo shoe.
The Liberty does seem to be slightly heavy for a fast-day shoe, but it isn’t too bad once you get going.
If you overpronate excessively, you might need a motion control shoe because the Liberty may not be able to provide enough stability for your needs.
Other than that, the Liberty is a pretty good nimble fun shoe. It’s a great option where stability shoes can seem clunky and bulky.
Adidas Solar Glide 19
The Adidas Solar Glide is the update to the Supernova which was called the Supernova Glide before that. It’s maybe a bit confusing, but this is what Adidas considers their all-around neutral daily trainer.
It’s one of the most durable sneakers from Adidas.
The upper of the Glide uses Flex Fold engineered mesh that is supposed to increase flexibility and comfort.
It’s not as stretchy as the mesh from the previous Supernova, but it does provide a solid containment of the foot.
The upper does feel snug at first and it does adapt after a few runs, but I wouldn’t by any means consider this a wide-fitting shoe.
Breathability is about average. The Glide does not look like it has much ventilation, but it’s breathable enough to where we can’t complain. At the very least, it breathes much better than the SolarBoost.
Speaking of the SolarBoost…
… the Glide reminds me a lot of that shoe in that it has Propulsion Rails on the sides to help with the stability of the shoe without being too invasive.
The heel collar also flares out to reduce any irritation in the Achilles while still allowing a bit of flex between the heel counter to provide a more natural feel.
The one thing that I want to point out is the flexibility is a little bit poor in the upper between the laces and the toe box. While it does contain your foot in well, it would have been nice to have a little more flexibility in that area. It’s a small thing, but it’s still worth noting.
Overall, the upper is decent. It’s not bad but it’s very durable.
As we all know, Boost is life. The Solar Glide brings the full-length Boost as its main cushioning setup.
Like I said earlier, it does make use of EVA rails to help stabilize the ride. When comparing the feel of the Glide to the SolarBoost, the SolarBoost has a little more underfoot feeling of Boost, but other than that, the ride feels pretty similar.
We have great cushioning in the heel and of course, the responsiveness during toe-off is about what you would expect from a performance Boost shoe.
I happen to like bouncy responsive rides, and the Solar Glide definitely has that.
Boost isn’t the lightest material, but I think as a daily trainer, that shoe can work for a variety of runs, short runs, long runs, and maybe even some tempos if you don’t already own something lighter like the Adizero Boston 8 Boost.
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The ride of the Glide is smooth and the transition from foot strike to toe-off feels very satisfying. If you like Boost, you’ll like this and if you’re an anti-Boost, then I’ll just assume you’re probably not reading this section anyway.
Overall, this Boost on the Glide Ride is a great midsole.
The outsole uses a very similar setup to many other Adidas Boost shoes. You’ve got a durable Continental Rubber Stretch Web setup across the entire bottom of the shoe.
The Continental rubber provides great road traction, allows the shoe to flex a bit more naturally, and it is very durable.
So, the Solar Glide is a good all-around shoe. I wish the upper had a little more room, but it does break in after a few wears. It’s going to fit most runners perfectly fine, but people with very wide feet might feet the upper a bit constricting.
Anyway, the feel of the ride is solid all around. It is soft, bouncy, and responsive, but just a little heavy.
If you’re wanting an everyday running shoe and you believe that Boost is life, I say go for it. The Glide Ride is one of the most durable Adidas running shoes.
So there you have it. We’ve done our best to review 10 of the best and most durable running shoes. If you’ve run in a running shoe and found it lasted it forever, please tell us about it below.