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: 10.5oz
Women: 9oz
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.

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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 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 502 ratings

5 star
73%
4 star
19%
3 star
3%
2 star
1%
1 star
2%

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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80 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Bryan Hinkle • Bryan Hinkle • Level 2 expert

    It's super responsive, fantastic feedback energy return.

  • 88 / 100 by FRESH • FRESH • Level 2 expert

    If you're searching for a shoe that embodies comfort and stability, the Ultra Boost ST is what you're looking for.

  • 90 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    This is the shoe which the standard Ultra Boost should have been. Spacious upper, an outsole which grips well, and minus the tortuous plastic cage.

  • 79 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Last year’s UltraBoost provided a remarkable level of cushy feel, flexibility, and responsiveness, but left out runners who couldn’t handle the squishy ride.

  • 78 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    However, this also increases the stiffness of the shoe, since there aren't flex grooves that run from side to side; they are impeded by rubber.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    It’s heavier than most trainers, but offers a comfortable and stable ride.

  • 89 / 100 by Triathlete • Brian Metzler • Level 4 expert

    Although not a lightweight shoe, the Ultra Boost ST serves up an incredibly energetic ride—it’s very responsive, but not uncontrollably bouncy—and ideal for long training runs. 

  • 87 / 100 by Sportskeeda • Kredy@Kredy10 • Level 4 expert

    These shoes adapt really well to your feet and offers added stability.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Jonathan Beverly • Level 4 expert

    Testers loved the plush cushioning and praised how stable the shoe felt without being heavy, hard, or overconstructed.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Product Reviews • Running Product Reviews • Level 3 expert

    Its combination of a resilient ride, good stability, and accomodating fit earned the UltraBoost ST our award for Best Shoe in the Motion Stabilizing category.

  • 79 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Impact Magazine • Level 3 expert

    These shoes made me feel like I was springing off the ground while landing on clouds and were ideal on my long runs and easy days.

  • 1 / 100 by Wear Testers • Wear Testers • Level 3 expert

    The feeling is of your foot being pushed into a step--some companies claim it, Adidas did it.

  • 85 / 100 by Start Fitness • Start Fitness • Level 2 expert

    Quite simply, if you’re looking for a shoe that provides not just wraps around your foot comfortably, looks stylish and modern with a performance fronted design, then the Adidas Ultra Boost ST will make a fine addition to your running kit.

  • 80 / 100 by Sneaker News • Patrick Johnson • Level 2 expert

    With that patented Boost cushion system for insane comfort in tow, the ST takes the style of the original Ultra Boost and adds an ‘Engineered Stability’ break in the Boost section on the medial side for a change of pace.

  • 92 / 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.

  • 89 / 100 by Las s • Las s • Level 1 expert

    I really love this shoe. It's actually my favorite shoe of all time.

  • 85 / 100 by mitchiemonte • Mitchie Monte • Level 1 expert

    Overall, these are extremely comfortable

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

    It also adds a stability plate for lateral movements, which I really, really like.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Network • Running Network • Level 1 expert

    Fit well, great cushion, and stable.

  • 82 / 100 by Runner's High • Runner's High • Level 1 expert

    It kinda have a stretchy feel to it but not as stretchy as the Adistar.

  • 75 / 100 by Frost Lost In Kicks • Frost Lost In Kicks • Level 1 expert

    It has a really nice traction. It is vergy grippy.

  • 60 / 100 by AwesomeKicks • AwesomeKicks • Level 1 expert

    It simply did not get good grip on my heel which mades me irritated.

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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.