I’m a big fan of Adidas’s Boost TPU midsoles, when I can find them in a shoe that fits my wide feet. Boost shoes are expensive, but the Boost material provides durable cushioning that holds up well in cold weather. I tend to go through shoes quickly, so the enhanced durability makes the extra cost worthwhile.
The Adidas Supernova Glide Boost is Adidas’ long-running (ha!) neutral trainer line, updated to make use of the Boost material. I was running in the full-Boost-midsole Energy Boost when I found a pair of Supernova Glide Boost 7’s at half-price. They fit my feet better than the Energy Boost, so I gave them a try.
The Supernova Glide Boost is similar to the Energy Boost. Both shoes are neutral trainers with a moderate 9-10mm drop from heel to toe. They have more forefoot cushion than a racing shoe, but not so much as to become mushy and lose road feel. The Supernova Glide adds a slab of EVA in the heel that makes the shoe a little more stable, at the cost of some cushioning and a little additional weight.
Adidas just came out with the Supernova Glide Boost 8. It differs only slightly from the Supernova Glide Boost 7. In the picture below, the Supernova Glide 8 is on the top.
The heel cup on the 8 extends higher on the achilles tendon than it does on the 7, but the extra material is flexible and shaped so that it’s not annoying. The three stripes on the 8 are reflective, a nice touch. The shape of the toebox has changed some. The outer mesh and interior upper material are similar.
Unfortunately (for me), the Supernova Glide 8 fits tighter than the Supernova Glide 7. It’s slightly narrower all along the shoe (the 7 is on the left):
The upper on the Supernova Glide 8 also seems less roomy. This puts the shoe more in line with the rest of the Adidas line, which can get a bit too tight for my taste.
On the other hand, while I can’t be certain, my impression is that the midsole EVA slab in the heel of the Supernova Glide 8 is less stiff, making the ride slightly softer. For me, that is a good thing.
Overall, the changes are moderate enough that most people who like the Supernova Glide Boost 7 will probably like the 8. It remains a good, basic shoe (except for the price) that’s protective enough for most people without being overwhelmingly soft. Now if it only came in widths…