Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 8 vs. 7

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.

Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 8 vs. 7

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 Supernova 8 is slightly narrower

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…




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6 thoughts on “Adidas Supernova Glide Boost 8 vs. 7

  • Omar

    Was considering getting the glide 7. Is the mid right insole (for left shoe) and mid left insole for the right shoe) raised upwards or flat? The only thing stopping me from purchasing is this. I want it to be flat, otherwise my foot will ache.

  • caillat

    Have run 1000 km with the 7th and just now, have received the 8th bought from Amazon for a good price. Is it a low price serial? I don’t know, but I noticed: a thiner boost sole, that the corresponding lost of weight confirmed 278g instead of 303 for size 42EU 81/2 US. In addition, inside of the shoes, the small bumps on which the toes react when pushing farward have totally disappeared. They were to big in the 6th, reduced in the 7th.
    I hope the cuscioning of the midfoot will be sufficient for long distance runs (not as the sonic bringing injuries risk).
    The upper mesh over the toes has been reinforced, I hope I will not be obliged, as usual after 600km, to put a tape inside in order to plug the hole resulting of mesh breack.

  • Bill

    Interesting comparison thanks. I’m on my 7th pair of Glide Boost 6 and have stocked up 😉 Not a bad thing given the direction Adidas are taking, first with a new “cheap rubber” sole on the GB8 v2 and then by killing the Glide altogether and coming up with a strange “supernova m” that looks like an Ultra Boost with less boost material…