Do the Adidas Boost genre of running shoes last longer — or is it just me?
I’ve been intending to get a new pair of running shoes for a while, but as the frugal mom in a family of six I tend to prioritize spending on the kids’ needs ahead of my own. I wasn’t even sure how long I’ve had this pair of Glide Boost (or is it Boost Glide?), but it turns out I got them back on April 15, 2014.
Wish I could say for sure how many miles I’ve put on them since then. I’m not the world’s best record keeper when it comes to mileage. Usually I write it down in a little notebook, where I also track my eating (sort of). But I sometimes forget, and unless I’m doing some kind of special training project I very rarely tally up my mileage on even a weekly basis. But my typical pattern is to run 4-5 times a week, at least 4 miles and sometimes 6, with one longer run of 7-10 miles.
This isn’t the only pair of shoes I’ve run in over the past year and a half. I’d been wearing a pair of much older shoes for trail running up until recently, when the screws I’d inserted for better traction began to poke through and jab my feet. (Note: Despite last week’s snake phobia flare-up, due to the appearance of pythons in the area, I got back out on the trail on Friday. Great run, gorgeous fall day, extremely glad my sister drug me back out there.)
So anyway, no, I can’t give an accurate guess on what kind of mileage these guys have on them, other than I think it’s safe to say “much more than what is commonly recommended”.
The main difference is that unlike past over-the-hill shoes, I haven’t really noticed any foot or shin problems alerting me that it’s time to get a new pair. I just finally got a check in the mail that I’d budgeted for running shoes, so it’s time to start looking again.
Googling Adidas Boost lifespan, I did come up with one blogger asserting that “Boost midsoles boast a longer lifespan.” This runner suggested you could get 150-300 more miles with Boost, and that he could “personally attest” to that. But then he also gets free test shoes from Adidas, so it’s hard to believe he’s giving an unbiased review.
I wouldn’t be sad to get another pair of Boosts, and I’m willing to spend the extra $30 or so to get them. (I think.) But I’m also intrigued by New Balance — both the Fresh Foam technology and the “made in America” angle, though I haven’t researched that enough to know whether all or just some of their shoes can legitimately make that claim.
So: Let the search begin. Maybe I’ll actually get around to buying a new pair of shoes before the end of the year, who knows?