Women’s kicks have come a long way in recent years, with bold hues winning out over pastel shades. But will the trend in gender neutral fashion soon make its way into the running world?
By: Karen Kwan
Will the Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5 help a runner hoping to qualify for Boston (me! How ’bout you?) qualify? Rather than a promise of a BQ, its name comes from the fact that a portion of each pair sold goes to the Boston Runs as One fund. I’ve only run twice in them but thus far they are comfortable for me (a bit of background: I overpronate slightly and they’ve felt good with and without socks, no blisters or pain). Plus they feel extra lightweight on (they weigh 190 g for a UK size 5.5) so you feel like you can really fly in them.
They’re slightly less cushiony than I usually prefer but that makes sense given they’re designed for racing and fast training. Plus, they feature Coolever mesh upper and lining, which is designed to manage heat and enhance performance, which will be helpful now that the warm temps have arrived.
And the red (it veers close to a deep fuchsia in tone) with the white and black colourway is great. Fun and cheerful without being overly girly. But the men’s colourway in grey and orange is a cool combo, too. Often men win out with the better colourways, wouldn’t you agree? Women’s runners have come a long way from when there were only the choices of white, baby pink and lavender…but I know when it comes to my personal taste, I often favour the bright, bolder look used for the men’s style of the same shoe. Gender neutral styling seems to have yet affected the running shoe market. It’ll be interesting to see if it does in the next couple of years.
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