Lifestyle culture meets bar culture! Stylish and comfortable.
Obviously, there’s a certain amount of trepidation when you pick up a pair of laceless shoes - fit is going to be a concern as it stability. And yes, they will be issues on particularly uneven ground and for severe overpronators, but the feel is smooth and steady in a controlled environment i.e. the road.
Ultra Boost uses blown TPU energy capsules - thousands of them. According to Adidas this means there’s 20 per cent more of them in this shoe, which if you’ve run in other Ultra Boost models means plenty of cushioning. Top marks in that department. It may resemble a fashion shoe but we were pleasantly surprised by the soft, responsive feel that suggests there’s a definite performance angle to a shoe that looks completely at home on a modelling assignment for a fashion magazine. As with seemingly every Adidas shoe for ever (late last century anyway), there’s a Torsion support system to guide your foot through the correct motion. Again, no complaints.
Adidas uses Primeknit for that personal fit. It hugs your foot nice and tightly, which given the lack of laces is not just good for comfort, but essential for support. We liked it, but have to say if your run is going to include excessive movement - running along the side of hills, very uneven ground, that sort of thing - well then be wary. That said, for a light, super competitive feeling shoe the fit is precise and certainly capable of handling most you plan to throw at it. There’s a rigid plastic heel arch at the back which further helps the support although that may feel a little bit too much for some. We definitely could feel it at work.
Wear and grip is never an issue for Adidas and even those appear to be light and flimsy, the Stretch Web underneath easily handles the majority of conditions most runners will face. Again, extreme ends of that spectrum will cause issues but nothing in-between will.
A light shoe that’s going to love the Spring and Summer. Equally, it loves flat smooth road and certainly looks the part. In fact, for what likes a fashion accessory, this is a surprisingly technical shoe that will deliver an above average performance in all but the most extreme of conditions. And also, it’s a bit on the expensive side.
Runner type: neutral
boost™ is our most responsive cushioning ever: The more energy you give, the more you get
adidas Primeknit upper wraps the foot in adaptive support and ultralight comfort; SOCKFIT upper for a snug, supportive fit
TORSION® SYSTEM between the heel and forefoot for a stable ride
FITCOUNTER moulded heel counter provides a natural fit that allows optimal movement of the Achilles
Continental™ Rubber outsole for extraordinary traction in wet and dry conditions; STRETCHWEB rubber outsole flexes underfoot for an energised ride
|Weight||304g / 10.7oz.|