The adidas Energy Boost was truly a revolution in cushioning. If you haven’t tried them, you should. I can still remember the first time I stepped into an adidas Energy Boost running shoe. I was amazed. They are super cushy, amazingly cushy… I wish I had them on right now because my feet hurt cushy.
Boost puts a bounce in your step. The adidas SpringBlade adds a spring to that bounce.
The SpringBlade even looks different than any other shoe… they look futuristic. They have blades. But even more interesting than how they look is how they make you feel. It’s almost like they make you spring loaded, like you’re lighter on your feet. They have amazing energy return. Plus, it’s a horizontal return; if you bounce up and down, you are still being propelled forward. (By the way, this makes them great for running but maybe not so great for anything involving side-to-side motions like basketball.)
The SpringBlades are each angled and tuned to literally propel you forward. They encourage landing on your forefoot. (I can’t attest to how they will feel for heel strikers but I am very interested to hear – so please, if you are a heel striker, let us know!) The blades also offer cushioning and they absorb shock. This is all great stuff; however, you do feel a bit “above” the ground so if you like being close to the road, you definitely need to give these a serious try before investing in them.
The SpringBlades are hard to describe. They feel a bit heavy when you’re holding them but once you put them on… your feet feel light.
The blades are most effective against a hard surface, like asphalt. (Running on hard surfaces in your SpringBlade shoes makes sense because the blades do tend to collect mud.)
These blades are not delicate: adidas put the Springblade through thousands of miles of run testing and applied mechanical vertical compression to them… according to their literature, they held up just fine.
Ready to learn more about the special technology behind the Springblade? Check out the video below. JT Newcomb of adidas demonstrates how this revolutionary shoe provides explosive energy in each step.