I’ve now clocked up over 400 miles in the Adidas Supernova shoes. These are technically the newest model of the Supernova Glide range, they (adidas) have simply dropped the Glide from the name. I’ve used this range now since 2013 when I had the Glide 6 and had at least one version of everyone since. It is my go to everyday running shoe. I can rack up the miles with ease in these. In my 6’s I hit close to 1,000 miles before I had to retire them. My 8’s have done 700+ and I still use them.
These men’s neutral running shoes powered world-class runners to victory in the Boston Marathon®. The shoes feature the energy-returning benefits of Boost cushioning riding under a durable mesh upper. Quarter panels provide targeted support, while the moulded heel counter gives a locked-down fit.
- Runner type: Neutral shoes offer flexibility and versatility, with premium cushioning
- Boost is our most responsive cushioning ever: The more energy you give, the more you get
- Engineered mesh upper is a lightweight, breathable second skin providing a supportive, comfortable fit; Energy Rail midsole made of Cloudfoam helps to support and guide the foot
- Torsion System between the heel and forefoot for a stable ride; Padded tongue for instep comfort; Optimised forefoot construction for a roomier toe
- Seamless lightweight TPU quarter panels for support with every step; Fitcounter moulded heel counter provides a natural fit that allows optimal movement of the Achilles
- Weight: 326 g (size UK 8.5)
- Midsole drop: 10 mm (heel: 32 mm / forefoot: 22 mm)
I purchased the new Supernova 9 at the turn of the year and went for my usual 12.5 size. I find in adidas this is the perfect fit. 12’s fit but get tight when my feed expand.
The newly re-named Supernova has seen the shoe get more of the boost form added in the mid-sole and heel. These trainers are for neutral runners and if you’ve had any of the Glide range before you know what you are getting, a rival comparison would be the Nimbus. For me it comes down to brand preference mainly. I just seem more happier when I’m in Adidas.
So what about the actual shoe? Well in all Adidas shoes they put in their boost foam, is it a marketing gimmick? That’s not for me to say but what I have noticed is you get plenty of cushioning and response from the shoe and that is still true after 400 miles.
Since the upgrade from Glide 8, Adidas have added about 20% more of the boost foam, reducing the plastic in its medial heel. Plus you get a highly cushioned arch and more support from their Torsion system in the mid sole. The tread again makes use of the Adidas/Continental partnership with a dotted rubber platform. I’ve run on road/trails, through mud and on frozen paths and have 100% confidence that the trainer will grip.
The upper part of the trainer has also undergone an upgrade, with a breathable seamless mess and the heel support is a improvement as you heel is securely positioned but allows for optimal Achilles movement. I mentioned the shoe was 1/2 size smaller then my Glide 8’s but I found the toe box was a lot more roomy, one thing that has let down Adidas in the past is their narrow fittings, if the Supernova is a sign of things to come, it bodes well for runners like myself with a wide foot.
My conclusion is the Supernova has taken the Glide 8 and tweaked it in a good way, the cushioning has improved, the toe box is wider then in previous models. I’ve churned out half a dozen 20 milers in these shoes and had no issues at all. I also found them light enough for progression runs on the road, when I’ve wanted a bit of extra cushioning compared to my Tempo 7 shoes.
If you are looking for a neutral, high mileage shoe then this ticks the box but like any other new shoe, they come at a cost and you have to expect to pay over £100 for these, unless you shop around or have a discount code.
- Wider toebox
- Great for raking up high mileage
- Improved cushioning and better heel support
- Expensive if you are just after a everyday shoe
- Colours are not very appealing