Who should buy the Adidas Ultraboost DNA 1.0 

As long as you're looking for the following, the Adidas Ultraboost DNA 1.0 is the perfect road shoe for you: 

  • daily trainer
  • long-distance running shoe
  • neutral running shoe that can double for gym sessions and walking

All-day comfort

The Boost cushion of the Ultraboost DNA 1.0 is so plush, runners say they don't mind wearing it the entire day. It's like walking on clouds and it's great at absorbing impact. Even those with neuropathy in the feet claim the shoe made the pain vanish. 

Bouncy and supportive ride

The shoe's midsole is very peppy, testers find it "fun" to run in. True to its Ultraboost roots, it has the line's signature responsiveness and bounce. In each step, the Boost foam provides feedback.  

To keep the foot locked and steady, the Primeknit upper has a "snug" wrap. It's coupled with the brand's tried-and-true Continental rubber, which is not only durable but also very grippy for surefooted steps. 

Beat the heat with the Ultraboost DNA 1.0 

The Primeknit upper is not only light, it's also very breathable. Almost all reviewers agree that it's perfect for the summer. 


This is especially true in the forefoot. Many testers claim the shoe allowed the feet to bend for a "natural-feeling" ride. 

Adidas Ultraboost DNA 1.0: Bulky on paper, light on foot

At 11.6 oz (US M 9), it's not the lightest one on paper. But users say otherwise. They say it's as light as "air" during the run. 

Timeless design

The shoe has the sleek silhouette of the Ultraboost matched with the retro colors of the '90s. This makes the overall design seasonless and attractive. 

Narrow for men

Wide-footed male runners say the overlays, tight tongue, and the not-so-stretchy upper make the shoe "constricting." There are even those who have reported that the pressure causes inflammation to the feet.  

Too wide for women

For a unisex shoe, the Ultraboost DNA is too roomy for female runners. Some have even experienced slips. 

Adidas Ultraboost DNA 1.0: Becoming environmentally friendly 

In line with Adidas' aim to end plastic waste by 2024, the Ultraboost DNA 1.0 is made with Primeblue. It is a high-performance material that's made out of recycled plastic intersected from shorelines and coastal areas. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 11.6oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Adidas Ultraboost DNA
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 22mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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