Who should buy the Adidas Ultraboost Parley

The Adidas Ultraboost Parley is a uniquely designed shoe that definitely appeals to the environment-conscious runner. You might also want a pair of these shoes if:

  • You are a neutral pronator and want a versatile running shoe that can also work in jogging or walking activities
  • You have a moderate to high arch and prefer a running shoe that accommodates your heel strike pattern

Adidas Ultraboost Parley ultraboost piece

Updates to the Adidas Ultraboost Parley

  • A recycled plastic upper that bears the same design and construction as other Adidas Ultraboost shoes
  • Signature Boost midsole material that brings the familiar bouncy performance to the running session
  • A thermoplastic unit in the midfoot area that supports the arch and prevents it from collapsing
  • Continental rubber outsole protects the underfoot platform against wear and tear

Adidas Ultraboost Parley parley heel

Heightened traction with the Stretchweb outsole

The outsole unit of the Adidas Ultraboost Parley makes use of the Stetchweb design, which is prevalent in many of the brand’s lineup of shoes. It configures the tread into a grid or a web to encourage heightened traction and better flexibility.

Adidas Ultraboost Parley stretchweb design

Continental Rubber is the material that’s used to shield the midsole from wear and tear. It’s designed to last long. It is also the component that’s responsible for traction over the surfaces.

Adidas Ultraboost Parley continental rubber

Reactive steps guaranteed with the Ultraboost Parley

The underfoot cushioning system of the Adidas Ultraboost Parley is the Boost foam. It’s made out of small thermoplastic polyurethane pellets that have been compacted together. The purpose of this material is to ensure reactive steps and agreeable protection from impact.

Adidas Ultraboost Parley boost midsole

A plastic unit is placed in the midfoot section. Termed as the Torsion System, it supports the arch and prevents it from buckling or deviating during the running session. It also allows the entire foot to move more efficiently through the gait cycle.

Adidas Ultraboost Parley torsion

A sock-like coverage with Parley

The upper unit of the Ultraboost Parley is made up of the Primeknit material, which is the Adidas’ version of the popular knit-fabric for footwear. It’s designed to offer a seamless and sock-like coverage that’s free of irritation, even when socks aren’t worn.

Adidas Ultraboost Parley primeknit

Adidas has collaborated with Parley for the Oceans, an organization that strives to remove plastic from the seas while making new products via recycling. One of their creations is the Parley Ocean Plastic™ yarn. It’s what makes up the Primeknit. Its nature as plastic doesn’t remove the cloth-like quality of the fabric.

Adidas Ultraboost Parley parley yarn

A supportive midfoot cage and a heel counter are stitched to the façade. These components secure the foot in place and prevent it from wobbling or exiting the shoe unintentionally. They’re still created using the same recycled plastic yarn.

Adidas Ultraboost Parley laces and midfoot cage

The traditional lacing system helps in providing a secure yet customizable fit. Directly connected to the midfoot cage, the shoelaces adapt to the preference of the wearer regarding the snugness or looseness of the coverage.

There isn’t a traditional tongue unit in this model. Instead, it uses a single-piece façade that mimics how a sock wraps around the foot. The instep part of the fabric is one with the collar, thus further encouraging the seamless design.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.7oz
Drop: Men 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Adidas Ultraboost
Forefoot height: Men 20mm
Heel height: Men 30mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.