Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ode To The Adidas Boston
I was reminded of my all-time favorite shoe last night when I was out shoe shopping for Matt as he was looking for a new pair of trainers for the upcoming Benedictine University track season. While perusing the shoes I came across a pair of Adidas called the "Boston Boost", and for a second I got kind of excited because the Adidas Boston Classic will forever be my "go to" shoe, and was it possible they were bringing it back?
Of course, my excitement didn't last all that long, because when I asked the guy who was fitting Matt for his shoes -- he also happens to be Matt's coach -- if they were bringing back the Boston, he told me they weren't, it was a new shoe with an old name.
Naturally, I was highly disappointed. Since Adidas discontinued the Boston Classic a few years ago, I've been kind of a shoe nomad. I've worn other Adidas models as well as Brooks, Nike and Asics. I have liked them all -- especially the Asics Nimbus, my current shoe -- but none of them have made me say "that's the shoe for me!" and excitedly picked up another pair when that time came around.
The Boston and I have a special history. When I started running in January, 2000, my first pair of running shoes were the Reebok DMX, a pretty decent shoe that I picked up at a Foot Locker. When it came time later that summer to get new shoes, I went to a local running store, and they fit me into a pair of Asics.
That pair was a disaster! I started having serious IT band pain after about 10 miles in the shoe, and eventually took two weeks off from running. I took them back to the store and told them what was wrong, and they fit me into a new model.
The Boston. From the first run I went on in the shoes I was hooked. They were lightweight and comfortable, and, most importantly for a guy who had two young kids, relatively inexpensive. Two months after buying those shoes, they took me through a great day at the Chicago Marathon, my first.
Over the next few years, I kept buying Bostons, running fairly injury-free and logging five more marathons and several half marathons in them. They were a well cushioned, neutral, no-bells-or-whistles shoe that just worked for me. Even after I took them out of my running rotation I would keep them as everyday shoes just because they were so comfortable. Occasionally I would try a different, "newer" model shoe, but eventually go back to the Bostons because I couldn't find anything better.
But then in 2008-09 I got some bad news...they were retiring the shoe! Lord knows why Adidas would retire a shoe that was universally loved and so perfect, but it was going away. If I'd been smart (or had the money) I would've bought a dozen pairs but instead I just watched them go so quietly in the night.
For me, the shoe is perfect proof that not everything has to be bigger and better. Maybe someday I'll find a shoe that I'll love as much as the Boston, but for now I guess I'll just keep on wandering.
Posted by Mike Knapp at 10:06 PM