Neutral style runners looking for an easy to get used to heel to toe drop (10mm), this is the kind of shoe you need to think about. True, it is hugely expensive but fans of Ultra Boost will know it’s worth the investment in terms of energy return and general response underfoot. Go for a Asics Kayano for a similar harder response.

First Impressions

What’s not to like about the adidas Ultra Boost. The weight is superb in that it’s light but feels supportive. The construction lends itself to most runs. There is a vague feeling it probably won’t be quite right for long, slow 20 milers but for most of what you have in mind, it’s more than capable and we’re going to say, a ‘must’ for most shoe collections.


The Boost cushioning unit is aptly named. Not much has changed in the way of evolution since the 2.0 shoe, but frankly that’s not a problem. The basic concept is that the more energy you give, the more is returned and when you run in a pair that’s the feel you get. It’s not like you’re propelled down the road to amazing PRs, but the shoe certainly feels light and responsive and despite its harder feel, really quite cushioned. Something is going on down there and your legs will thank you for it. In this instance, adidas also employs its Torsion system between heel and forefoot to create a stable ride. The system has come on a million miles since its first inception in the late 1990s and performs how you would expect. Continental rubber and a Stretchweb rubber outsole completes the picture making for very good durability, our testers note. 


Today’s perfect running shoe must employ an incredible fitting system, which in this case starts with the Fitcounter moulded heel to hold everything in place. From there, the Primeknit upper provides a breathable, comfortable sock-type fit for your foot. It adapts to different foot positions as you run and the supportive cage locks it all down.


Top dollar, but top performance. You’ll find yourself reaching for these shoes for everything from a 5km race to a morning 10-miler with your running mates. The neutral ride and lack of massive of support suggests most probably shouldn’t ponder a marathon in them, but to be honest you’d get away with it given the Boost’s superb energy return system. An everyday shoe that can be put to the test, if you feel the need, every now and then.

How was the adidas Ultra Boost for you? Let us know, we’d love to report your findings.

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Shoe details

Gender: Womens
Year: 2016
Season: Autumn
Current model:
RRP: £129.99
Release date: 2016


Shoe Type



Light Trail