Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$180
Weight
Men: 10.7oz
Women: 9.4oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A tester said that the Adidas Ultra Boost looked fashionable, making it great for both running and casual use.
  • Runners didn’t feel as if the mid-sole dragged their feet down; it was aptly lightweight for many of them.
  • A lot of consumers were happy about this shoe because it kept them comfortable as they tackled their running sessions.
  • The energy-returning boost™ technology was welcomed by many runners because, for them, it was able to deliver responsive underfoot cushioning.
  • The external heel counter was lauded by a user because it kept their heel in place and prevented it from wobbling or accidentally exiting the shoe.
  • The overall durability of this model was appreciated by those who have tried it.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Runners took note of the expensive price of the Adidas Ultra Boost.
  • There were testers who noticed that the nubs underneath the sole wore off easily and caused the outsole to lose its traction and grip.
  • The fit was a bit narrow and small for some runners.

Bottom line

The Adidas Ultra Boost received a lot of praise for its appealing look, its durable components and the responsiveness of its mid-sole. Many runners were able to stay comfortable throughout their running activities. A lot agreed that the price was expensive, but they also commented that it was worth the investment because of its overall quality. This road shoe became highly recommended by neutral runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 1177 ratings

5 star
75%
4 star
13%
3 star
3%
2 star
2%
1 star
5%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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82 / 100 based on 46 expert reviews

  • 74 / 100 by RunRepeat • Lester Daniels • Level 3 expert

    The primeknit upper hugs your foot without any constraint. Your feet have a true sense of freedom, comfort and loads of breathability. The bouncy boost midsole offers plenty spring under your foot when running.The excessive wear on the outsoles though is disappointing to me.

  • 92 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • The Sole Brothers • Level 3 expert

    This is really made to run and I really enjoy running into it.

  • 87 / 100 by Hes Kicks • Hes Kicks • Level 3 expert

    The boost material on the Ultra Boost is just amazing.

  • 85 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    It is one heck of an interesting and promising update around the incredible Boost midsole technology.

  • 81 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Ultra Boost upper abandons the use of a regular tongue and collar design, and instead adopts a full bootie construction, which means that the walls of the rearfoot opening run broken. To make it easier for the foot to slide in, the collar fabrics are elasticated, coupled with an exaggerated Achilles area.

  • 80 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    While highly innovative it is not "The Greatest Running Shoe Ever." but more a platform which will hopefully evolve over time.

  • 70 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Some runners may find the rigid plastic overlays around the heel and arch uncomfortable, but if the shoe fits, get ready for an ultracushioned, responsive ride.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by SK Running • Kredy • Level 4 expert

    Primeknit upper is what caught my eye first. Primeknit is a seamless one piece upper that provides a great fit and unmatched stretch qualities.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    The Ultra BOOST is a really great daily trainer that could double as a race day pick as well.

  • 89 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    As I warmed up for the race, I was delighted by the bouncy feel and the secure fit.

  • 95 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • Nick • Level 3 expert

    The collar of the shoe is a little low, and the material inside was a little slippery at first. Tinker with the laces, and the shoe fits fine, however I can't help but feel that if the collar sat a touch higher, or the laces were slightly further back, Adidas would really have the best shoe on the market.

  • 86 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Nightwing2303 • Level 3 expert

    Out of the shoe that I have run in, the Ultra Boost is my favorite.

  • 75 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Greg Jubb • Level 3 expert

    Boost first appeared in the original Energy Boost model. Since then, adidas has tweaked and refined each of their core running shoe models to compatible with the premium midsole.

  • 70 / 100 by Wear Testers • Bryan Hinkle • Level 3 expert

    This version feels like a padded sock, which, think about it, feels pretty good. There are some tighter weaves in high-stress areas, such as around the toe box.

  • 70 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    I think there's room for improvement on this shoe because I can definitely see the benefits of going with a Boost long-form shoe. Something that will take you on those long, long runs, Marathon, maybe even beyond. There's just some elements [that] I think need a little fixing.

  • 40 / 100 by Running Monkey • Running Monkey • Level 3 expert

    There’s some‘stickiness’ to the sole, but there’s simply not enough aggression here to tackle anything approaching icy conditions, which seems a shame.

  • 90 / 100 by Best Running Shoes • Best Running Shoes • Level 2 expert

    If you are a runner looking for a neutral, highly cushioned, snug-fitting shoe with a high responsive ride then the Ultra Boost is must try.

  • 90 / 100 by Women's Running • Jenny Bozon • Level 2 expert

    Offering more ‘energy-return’ than any other running shoe on the market.

  • 87 / 100 by Soccer Reviews For You • Josh • Level 2 expert

    There isn't much more to say other than this is really the latest and greatest as far as tech that Adidas has to offer, all in one single shoe.

  • 86 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Jeff • Level 2 expert

    I tried to drum up as many negatives as possible about the Ultra Boost and, honestly, nothing stuck, aside from maybe you need to order up 1/2 size.

  • 100 / 100 by Nice Kicks • Darren Griffin • Level 1 expert

    Did they make “the best running shoe ever?” Surprisingly, as grand sweeping as it may sound, yeah, they did for a large legion of fans both old and new.

  • 100 / 100 by Richie Le • Richie Le • Level 1 expert

    They feel like they are a solid shoe.

  • 94 / 100 by Fleet Feet Sports • Mike Vance • Level 1 expert

    So far my longest run in the ultra boost has been 10 miles, but I don't see any reason why this shoe could not take me through a marathon or longer. If you like a secure feeling in your shoes, you should love how the primeknit molds to your foot like a second sock. Fans of premium cushion running shoes should definitely consider the adidas ultra boost when they are next looking for shoes.

  • 94 / 100 by MR FOAMER SIMPSON • MR FOAMER SIMPSON • Level 1 expert

    What's even more impressive though is you don't lose much ground feel, and it just have the right level of firmness.

  • 92 / 100 by Made Man • Joshua Fruhlinger • Level 1 expert

    The new Ultra Boost looks good, is super light, feels good, gives you a lot of room, provides tons of cushion (perhaps too much in the long run), and allows for a natural-feeling heel-to-toe transition if you’re a heel-striker like me.

  • 90 / 100 by Monta • KIMBERLY6 • Level 1 expert

    Being touted as a dream shoe for those who engage in marathon running, it is easy to see, based on the general overview coupled with the praise given by various shoe publications, that Adidas really went to extreme measures to create one of the best running shoes on the market.

  • 90 / 100 by Yahoo New Zealand • Pippa Curd • Level 1 expert

    It almost sounds too good to be true. Until you try them.

  • 90 / 100 by The Pundits • Will von Fronemhein • Level 1 expert

    Let’s just get it out of the way, this shoe is hot. I don’t mean hot as it,“yah they’re kinda pretty” I mean hot as in if you saw this shoe in a bar you would conjure up the courage to walk up to it, buy it a drink, flip it’s hair, tell it it’s the most interesting shoe you’ve ever met and risk the wrath of your wife who’s sitting in the corner watching this whole ordeal.

  • 89 / 100 by Busted Wallet • Justin Raha • Level 1 expert

    Overall, it was a good shoe that provided the needed comfort and support while remaining lightweight.

  • 88 / 100 by Simon Freeman • Simon Freeman • Level 1 expert

    I am not going to race in the Ultra Boost – I prefer a lighter and less bulky shoe. But for everyday use and the odd session, this is a great option.

  • 87 / 100 by Training a Runner • Rob Murray • Level 1 expert

    This is a very versatile shoe, being fast in a 5k and comfortable over longer distances. The full benefits of the Ultra Boost foam will be felt by heavier runners and those with a more pronounced heel strike although it still feels light a responsive to a lighter runner like myself.

  • 87 / 100 by ZER0 OPS • ZER0 OPS • Level 1 expert

    I could definitely see myself picking up more of these. I like them. They're far lighter than Air Max or my LunarGlides. Plus, they look great.

  • 86 / 100 by The Roosevelts • John T. Roosevelt • Level 1 expert

    It's responsive, protective, consistent and more than anything durable.

  • 85 / 100 by Sugarstride • Jessica Croisant • Level 1 expert

    Boom! I immediately felt a difference in the cushion & fit.

  • 85 / 100 by Bull 1 Trc • Bull 1 Trc • Level 1 expert

    This is going to be one of the most comfortable shoes you put on.

  • 85 / 100 by WooHooligan • WooHooligan • Level 1 expert

    Wearing a pair of Ultra Boosts is like walking on clouds. Super, super comfortable.

  • 85 / 100 by bbcoachSuperman - • bbcoachSuperman - • Level 1 expert

    It's a super comfortable, very, very good running shoe. Very good casual shoe to wear around.

  • 85 / 100 by A Sneaker Life • A Sneaker Life • Level 1 expert

    [sic] To me, the Ultra Boost are the most comfortable shoe right now.

  • 84 / 100 by Pierreson Tan • Pierreson Tan • Level 1 expert

    I recommend you to go true-to-size or even [sic] a half-size up if you have a wide foot for the Ultra Boost.

  • 84 / 100 by Fowler Customs • Fowler Customs • Level 1 expert

    The midsole is full-length boost, which gives you that really great, super comfy ride.

  • 78 / 100 by Andy Kumar • Andy Kumar • Level 1 expert

    The only slight negative about the Ultra Boosts so far is that the sole is showing some signs of wear, and I am a little skeptical about how long they will hold up before the sole wears down entirely.

  • 75 / 100 by Medium • Matt Merenic • Level 1 expert

    At first I was a bit skeptical as to whether shoes made by knitted material can provide enough support and is strong enough to withstand daily runs. With a track of more than 130 kilometers I can confirm that the PrimeKnit upper is very durable and sneakers look identical to the first day when they were purchased.

  • 75 / 100 by Complex Sneakers • Riley Jones • Level 1 expert

    He calls the Boost midsole a "beast" and says there's nothing else on the shelves that can compare.

  • 70 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Steve • Level 1 expert

    At times, I would have preferred more stability and less flexion. This was particularly the case during running stints that found me going downhill at steep grades.

  • 50 / 100 by Run Smiles • Run Smiles • Level 1 expert

    It’s apparent from reviews that the sole has a very short life span.

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Updates to Adidas Ultra Boost

  • Adidas hypes the Adidas Ultra Boost as “the best running shoe ever.” Such bold claim is primarily anchored on its innovative and revolutionary Boost midsole foam that is not only very cushioned, but also superbly responsive. The superior responsiveness of the shoe is supported by The Three Stripes’ assertion that it is 20% more responsive than any of the Boost models.
  • More than just the extremely responsive and cushioned midsole, the Ultra Boost boasts of ¾ one-piece Primeknit upper that hugs the foot in comfort. A Stretch Web outsole delivers more than adequate grip on the road and light trail while the newly designed split heel counter prevents slippage in this area and eases pressure off of the Achilles.

Adidas Ultra Boost size and fit

The fit of the Ultra Boost is unbelievably comfortable. Besides the generous padding all throughout, runners with average dimensions in their feet will love the adequate space in the heel, the secured midfoot, and the wide toe box. Available widths are the standard D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Sizing is on cue in this shoe as well. Sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole literally resembles the form of a as it is rightfully called the Stretch Web. Like a real web that adjusts to the spider’s movement, Adidas’ proprietary outsole rubber adapts and stretches to maximize the power of every stride. Additionally, it offers flexibility and an element of natural running.


Midsole

The midsole is undoubtedly the domain of 3,000 blown TPU energy capsules. According to Adidas, the Ultra Boost has an astounding 20% more of these shock-absorbing and responsive TPU pellets than any of the other Boost models. It means that there are 20% more pellets that lock themselves together to take on the impact of every stride and convert the same impact for a truly responsive ride. Another technology in the midsole is the Torsion System or the plastic bridge insert that offers torsional stability and enhanced transition without adding weight.


Upper

An engineered mesh that has precise stretch points that hugs the foot like a second skin. Adidas’ digital knitting process uses synthetic yarn that produces extremely breathable, supportive, and lightweight one-piece upper. Altogether, the engineered mesh and Primeknit material, adapt to the runner’s foot while offering maximum comfort and support. Inside the shoe is a lightweight sockliner that enhances the plush comfort even more. One very noticeable part of the upper is the sleek and catchy heel counter that cradles the foot in support and prevents untoward movement in this area. Comfort and stability are offered by this innovative heel structure.