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With 2014 winding down, it’s time to take a look back at the kicks that defined the year. #KoFBestOf2014 is our retrospective on the year that was and what we feel were the kicks that people will remember fondly or hate with a vengeance.

I’m a sucker for new cushioning technology. Anytime one of the big brands introduce their “new way” to wear sneakers, I am front and center and listening to every word like I’m at a E3 or iPhone press conference. Sure, I will admit that my brain tends to go Homer Simpson whenever they get into the super technical details as to why Lunarlon or Micro G or Flight Plate is the greatest thing ever, but the real test comes in actually trying them on and getting some mileage with them for the first time. When I first wore a pair of Lunarglides, I didn’t think I would wear another pair of running shoes. When I got to try on Micro G cushioning with their eponymous trainers, I was sold. When Nike unleashes the latest entry in their Air Max series, I can’t believe there are years where it feels like they made a quantum leap.

So when adidas unveiled Boost for the first time last year, I was excited yet nervous at the same time. Springblade had just been revealed seemingly months earlier and now we’re here again with another revolution. Why would adidas undermine their next big thing and drop their next next big thing on us so soon?

Because Boost is f**king awesome as a platform for running and the love it got in 2013 from all sectors (except for hypebeasts, but who cares what they think?). 2014 was the year Boost moved into the lifestyle category with the Pure Boost and guess what? They’re pretty f**king awesome there too.

But wait, I know you’re probably thinking that the Pure Boost was made for performance. And it is, kind of. Reviews for the Pure Boost as a go-to runner have been mixed, with some saying they are the shoes of the future while others aren’t as sold, but as a straight lifestyle sneaker for just walking around the town, there is nothing better than the Pure Boost. It almost makes you wish they had gone out of their way and relabeled these into the Originals category. That’s because there is barely anything between your feet and the Boost cushioning and there is barely anything between the Boost cushioning and the ground. It is minimalist seemingly to a fault if you’re thinking these are going to be your running shoes, but as an everyday shoe they destroy everything else in the market today. I feel the same way about the Pure Boost as I did when I tried on Lunarlon for the first time. It doesn’t get better than this…

The Pure Boost initially debuted with a variety of monochromatic releases that you knew were going to fly under the radar the moment you first saw them.  But as the year went along, we started to see them drop in more styles that appealed to the sneakerhead community, like the “City Blur” pack or the “Camo Green” colorways. I’d say more about the adidas Consortium Primeknit Pure Boost releases, but I think the Sneaker Gods hate my guts so I haven’t been able to procure a pair for my own. Those Solar Blues are like an adidas Originals box on your feet and that’s not a bad thing. I envy our European sneakerheads who had a chance to rock these…

I feel quite comfortable in saying that the adidas Pure Boost were my favorite pair of kicks in 2014. Whether it was a night out or just something easy to wear while doing some errands, this was the go-to sneaker. They were broken in from the moment I first wore them and they’ll have to be really broken before I stop wearing them. At least until the next big thing comes from adidas or otherwise.

Images: adidas | Foot Patrol