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June 28, 2017

There is no doubt that adidas Boost has become one of the most desirable midsole materals on both casual lifestyle and technical running shoes in recent years - but how much do we know about the history of Boost?

A misconception that not many know about is the fact that Boost is not a creation of adidas, but rather technology bought from an independent factory. It is made from blown up TPU particles stuck together, giving a similar look to styrofoam

The first time Boost was unveiled on an adidas shoe was in February 2012, where an event in New York was the forum for the unveiling of the Energy Boost runner, touted to bring a much higher level of energy return from the spring of the runner as compared to traditional EVA midsoles.

Since then, adidas has released numerous new models - including the Ultraboost, as well as revamping some of their classics such as the Stan Smith Boost and Superstar Boost. Since 2015, Boost has also been made available for basketball shoes, including the Crazylight Boost and the D Rose 5 Boost.

It has also made a big mark in the contemporary lifestyle shoe, such as the NMD and the coveted Yeezy Boost 350 and 750s. You would be hard pressed to find someone who didn't know about Yeezys ("whether as Yeezys or "those Kanye West shoes"). 

Since then, a number of other brands have started their own designs of Boost, including Saucony who have a very similar material. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for this midsole material.

Remember, if you're looking to spruce up your Boost, head over to our sneaker care page to pick up some midsole paint pensand re-whiten that Boost like new.


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Sizing Chart
ROWS OF EYELETS LACE LENGTH RECOMMENDED SNEAKERS
4 OR LESS

Small

(36 inch)

  • adidas Ultraboosts (through the cage)
  • adidas NMDs (both NMD_R1 and NMD_R2)
  • ASICS Gel Lyte III (untied)
  • Puma Tsugi Shinsei

Includes both rope laces and flat laces for Ultraboosts and NMDs

5 - 6

Small

(36 inch)

Untied

-------

Medium

(43 inch)

Tied

  • adidas Ultraboost (tied with OG length or stacking through primeknit)
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V1 and V2(untied)
  • adidas Y3 Qasa High
  • adidas ZG Boost
  • adidas Pure Boost
  • Nike Flyknit Racer
  • Nike Flyknit Mariah Racer
  • Nike Air Vapormax
  • Nike Janoski and Janoski Max
  • Nike Air Max Zero
  • New Balance 997
  • New Balance 247
  • New Balance 1978
7 - 8

Medium

(43 inch)

Untied

-------

Large

(50 inch)

Tied

  • Nike Air Max 97
  • Nke Air Max 95
  • Nike Air Max 98
  • Nike Air Max 1 (Women)
  • Nike Air Max 90 (Women)
  • Nike Air Max LD-Zero
  • Nike Free Runs
  • ASICS Gel Saga
  • ASICS Gel Lyte V
  • ASICS Gel Respector
  • ASICS GT-2
  • ASICS Gel Kayano Trainer
  • adidas ZX Flux
  • adidas Tubular
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V1 and V2
  • New Balance 996
  • New Balance 997
  • New Balance 998
  • New Balance 1500
  • Puma Blaze of Glory

The majority of running shoes will be in this range.

9 -10

Large

(50 inch)

  • Nike Air Presto (though fewer eyelets, these are widely laced)
  • Nike Air Max 1
  • Nike Air Max 90
  • Nike Air Force 1 Lows
  • Nike Dunk Lows
  • Any Nike Air Jordan from the Air Jordan III (untied)
  • adidas Stan Smith (inc Raf Simons)
  • adidas Superstar
  • adidas Ultraboost (stacking through the primeknit)
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 750
  • ASICS Gel Lyte V
  • Rick Owens Ramones Lows
11 +

X-Large

(63 inch)

  • Nike Air Jordan I
  • Nike Foamposites
  • Nike Dunk Highs
  • Nike Air Force 1 Highs
  • Rick Owens Ramone Highs
  • Any other Air Jordan where you want to tie
  • Most high-top basketball shoes (KDs, LeBrons, Currys, Kyries, Kobes).

 

This sizing chart is a guide only and is flexible depending on how you thread your laces. For those you enjoy tight threading, our recommended "untied" versions may be appropriate for tying. For those who enjoy particularly loose threading, a larger length may be more appropriate. It will also depend on the size of the shoe (for example some smaller Ultraboosts would be recommended as 36 inch, but larger ones as 45")

The best way to check a rough appropriate length is to measure the current laces in your shoes.