If you follow me on Twitter (@EarlTSB), you know that I am an avid golfer. As a guy who doesn’t break the bank every time a new product hits the showroom floor, I make sure that I do thorough research on what I am buying. I want everyone to know that with the help of eBay, I received a free pair of Adidas Adipower Boost 2 golf shoes and was more than happy to play a few rounds with these bad boys to give some feedback. All opinions in this post are my own.
Adidas has done well trying to combine classic and aggressive looks with this shoe. Keeping to it’s roots, the adipower boost 2 features the trademark three lines down the side of the shoe, on top of a leather upper that offers climaproof® protection from moisture. Colorways include: White/Blue/Silver, Black/Red/Silver, White/Silver/Yellow, and White/Silver. The White/Yellow/Silver combo was a bit much for me, so I went with the white/Blue/Silver. This is definitely a shoe for the younger crowd that Adidas is looking to market this towards.
A few months ago I purchased a pair of Adidas BOOST running shoes. I wear them to work pretty much every day and they keep my feet pain free. When I heard about these golf shoes, I was skeptical as to how comfortable they would really be. Let’s just say that I have never put on a pair of golf shoes that fit like these. From the moment they went on my feet, it felt like there were fluffy pillows with golf spikes attached to them. I have played two rounds and two practice sessions with them on and I can honestly say that there wasn’t a sore spot on either foot. Usually after 5 hours on the course, my knees start to ache a little and my heel gets a bit sore. Not the case with the BOOST 2. As Adidas describes, “the midsole foam in the heel ensures greater walking comfort and energy return, just as the bounce foam in the forefoot provides great responsiveness”. It couldn’t be more true. The extra room in the front of the shoe is a pleasant addition as well. There are too many golf shoes that just don’t have enough room in the toes to allow the foot to shift properly during the golf swing.
I gave the shoe a B+ on stability because it doesn’t feel like my foot is locked in place during my swing. This isn’t actually a bad thing for me, I like my shoe to be like that. I want freedom for my feet to move around a bit inside the shoe and not locked in like a ski boot. The part of the shoe that provides the best stability is the heel. On the outside of the heel, you can see the additional stability that has been added with the external heel counter.
When I play golf, 90 percent of the time it’s at 7:30 AM. There’s nothing like a cool spring morning and the dew on the ground. But that dew usually wreaks havoc with my back foot and I start pulling my tee shots to the left because my foot keeps slipping out. This was going to be the ultimate test for this shoe. Can it give me the traction that I need for those first 5 or 6 holes? The answer was unequivocally yes. Adidas’ strategically-placed gripmore® traction provides improved stability, grip, and performance. I have always used a shoe that has replaceable spikes, and I change them out depending on conditions. But with this shoe, that won’t be necessary. Just like with the comfort of the shoe, I have never had a pair that has this much traction. Bravo Adidas.
At a retail price of $150, the adipower BOOST 2 is a premium priced shoe. Even if you only play a few times per year, this shoe is a great investment for the price. With a two year waterproof guarantee, you will have the peace of mind that your feet won’t get wet. The $150 price tag is in the same neighborhood as the FootJoy Freestyle and Hyperflex, Nike Lunar Control 3, and Under Armour Tempo Hybrid. I have tried all of these on, and nothing feels as good as the Boost 2’s. Not even close.
Once again, I would like to thank eBay for providing me with a free pair of Adidas adipower BOOST 2 golf shoes in exchange for my review.