Most people would think of sneakers or soccer apparel when they hear about Adidas. Their motto is “we strive to help you perform at your best.” Adidas employs over 50,000 people in 160 countries. The Adidas Group also owns Reebok, TaylorMade, and CCM (Hockey). Adidas was founded in Germany in August of 1949.
I have been trying to get in contact with Adidas for quite a while. I read about the Ultra Boost before it even came out and was intrigued. Adidas is not one of the big running companies so I wondered what people would think of it. The response was almost all positive. The biggest complaint was from people not wanting to pony up the $180 for a pair. It is a lot of money for a pair of shoes, so I was curious to see if the Ultra Boost would be worth the money.
The first thing that I realized when I was putting the shoe on is that there is no tongue. It is more like a bootie, which hugs your feet. A bit of warning if you have wide feet though, it might compress your toes too much. This won’t be a problem for most people, but I just want to put that out there. The shoes upper material is what Adidas calls Primeknit. It is made with various types of mesh and stretches with your foot. It feels amazing and is breathable.
The foam looks like white rice with tons of little foam bubbles. I really like the feel of these shoes. The foam feels like it provides extra energy with each step. I got out on my first test run and forgot about my shoes altogether. Most of the time, I think about my shoes (i.e. they feel loose, tight, too big, etc.) but with the Ultra Boost I just enjoyed my run.
The STRETCHWEB outsole looks weird, but I felt like it had a great amount of grip. The funny thing is that they were so grippy, they squeaked on tile surfaces for quite a while. The foam and outsole combine to provide a great amount of flexibility. With all of these lightweight materials, the Ultra Boost weighs in at a decent 10.6 ounces.
Extremely comfortable, like a slipper
Tons of grip
Price at $180 (but worth every penny)
Might be too narrow if you have wide feet
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I was surprised when I slipped on the Ultra Boost how good they felt. While they are a little narrow and I did feel a little compression on my big toe, I think this would only be a concern for people with wide feet. The question is, “Are they worth $180?” I say, yes. I felt like I did get a little boost of energy with every step. I was able to comfortably keep up a great pace and I didn’t even think about having shoes on, which is a great thing. Check out a pair of Ultra Boost at your local retailer today (click here for locations).
Note: I received this product in exchange for a review. The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it. I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.