Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $180
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.5oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Dec 2015
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The proprietary Boost midsole delivers premium and resilient cushioning from the first stride all the way to the last.
  • Offers great support and stability without putting too much weight.
  • Many runners agree with the exceptional outsole durability.
  • The Primeknit upper hugs the foot very well and is very durable as well as remarked by a good number of users.
  • A couple of testers noted the Ultra Boost ST’s plush comfort.
  • Some runners value the shoe’s ability to hold up well as a daily trainer or as a marathon option.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Adidas Ultra Boost ST is slightly heavy.
  • High price tag.
  • Based on the observation of a handful of runners, the Adidas Ultra Boost ST’s oversized heel tab looks way out of place.

Bottom line

Adidas added stability and support features to what it calls as the “greatest shoe” ever. The Ultra Boost ST combines premium cushioning in a very stable ride. As can be expected, the arch support is superb for slight to moderate overpronators that piling on the miles will be very enjoyable.

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Expert Reviews

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Updates to Adidas Ultra Boost ST

  • Adidas comes up with a bigger, beefier, and a more stable version of the shoe that it calls “the best running shoe ever.” The Ultra Boost ST has greater support and has more substantial stack height to provide excellent overpronation control measures.
  • Like its neutral brother, the stability version of the Ultra Boost has 100% Boost midsole, which is 20% more than any of the other Boost models. It has definitely resulted in an extremely-cushioned ride with superior responsiveness. The consistency of the cushioning is also an asset to marvel at. From the first step until about the entire sole gives up, the cushioning remains almost the same. For added measure, the Boost never fails regardless of temperature.
  • The highly-sophisticated Primeknit upper is something that most runners will really love. While it is quite stretchable, it is firmer in the parts that really need support. Thus, runners will have flexibility and firmness right where they need it in a one-piece upper that fits like a glove.
  • The year 2017 sees an update for the Adidas Ultra Boost ST. New colorways and an updated design help to revitalize this stability shoe’s relevance in the market. The Aramis motion capture technology also takes center stage as the basis for how the foot-chamber accommodates the natural shape and motion of the wearer’s foot.

Adidas Ultra Boost ST size and fit

A shoe that is designed to be high-mileage trainer has to be very comfortable. With this in mind, Adidas made the fit spacious without being shoddy. The heel is about average with a secured midfoot. The forefoot is where most runners will love the shoe. It has good volume and width and should be a great option for those with slightly wider or inflexible feet. As the training can go on for miles and miles on the road, the ample toe box should be able to accommodate mid-run swelling without any difficulty. Available widths are the usual D for men and B for women. Sizes are accurate and offered to the men’s in options from 7 to 13 and 5 to 11 for the women’s.

Outsole

Adidas continues to use the Continental-made Stretch Web outsole for its durability and traction. Although the outsole looks and feels thinner, it is already proven to last more than the average underfoot protection. The Stretch Web helps the runner maximize his stride as it adapts to the runner’s motion for efficiency and support.

Midsole

Previous Boost models sport only 80% of the Boost midsole while the Ultra Boost ST features 100% of it in the midsole. With 20% more of these TPU energy pellets, runners are sure to have a more responsive ride. The Boost midsole in this shoe number around 3,000 capsules that mass together every time the runner lands and then uses the same force to make it the run even more dynamic.

Holding the shoe together and making each transition smoother is a plastic insert called the Torsion System. It helps support the arch and allows freedom of movement for the heel and forefoot.

Upper

An engineered mesh basically covers the whole upper. It is extremely light and breathable. The Primeknit upper is Adidas’ proprietary digital process of knitting a yarn that adapts very well to the runner’s foot. This sophisticated knitting produces an upper that is flexible in the right areas and provides support to parts that need it. Besides delivering a socklike feel, the Primeknit has gained significance because of its exceptional durability.

Midfoot support for stability is featured in the form of the plastic 3 Stripes Logo.

The heel also shows a sturdy external heel counter for a more stable heel.

2017 UPDATE: The 2017 colorway-update of the Adidas Ultra Boost ST features some subtle changes to the upper unit. The Primeknit has a tighter and more secure construction, thus potentially accommodating a longer lifespan.

The saddle of this update is also made up of knitted material. It’s secured by thin stitches and printed overlays. Connected directly to the shoelaces, these medial and lateral add-ons adapt to the tightening and loosening of the fit.

The Aramis motion capture technology was utilized in the making of this shoe’s structure. It makes sure that the final product is able to accommodate the natural shape of the foot, whether it’s idle or on the move.