Summary

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

6 reasons to buy

  • Several testers noted that the Adidas Ultraboost had a fashionable design; they stated that it worked well as both an athletic shoe and a choice for casual walks.
  • The midsole unit felt lightweight, according to many runners.
  • 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 deemed highly efficient.
  • Several users noted that the external heel counter kept the back of the foot in place, preventing in-shoe wobbling or accidental shoe removals.
  • The overall durability of this model was appreciated by those who have tried it. Many people agreed that the robustness of this model was on-point.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The price for a pair of the Adidas Ultraboost was considered by many to be expensive.
  • Some testers noticed that the raised traction nodes of the outsole wore off quickly, causing the shoe to lose its traction over the asphalt.
  • A few runners felt that the fit profile was a bit narrower than they expected.

Bottom line

The Adidas Ultraboost 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 costly, but they also commented that it was worth the investment because of its overall quality. This road shoe became highly recommended by neutral runners.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
Top 2% most popular running shoes

Expert Reviews

82 / 100 based on 54 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 |

    My Thoughts on Adidas Ultra Boost V2.0

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    At this point, almost everyone has heard of the Adidas Boost technology.

    The Adidas Ultra Boost is one of the most comfortable and responsive shoes I have worn, and one of the sexiest too, but it came at a hefty price.

     

    Comfort/Midsole

    After putting over 500 miles on these shoes, the Ultra Boost has served me well for both short and long runs. Although a lot of people have complained about the breathability of the shoe, I never had an issue with this.

    The primeknit fit my feet well and never felt too constrictive. The lightweight design never felt like it was weighing my feet down, even 10 miles into a run.

    As you start seeing the outsole wear out, you will barely notice a difference in the comfort of the Boost midsole. It stays just as comfortable and responsive 300 miles in as it did the day you put it on.

    One issue I did have with these was when I would stand for a long time, they made my heels hurt. If you're not moving for a long time the shoe can get a bit uncomfortable, almost as if it was too soft.

     

    Looks

    This has to be the best-looking shoe you could wear. It goes with absolutely everything. Put on some shorts and go running. Come back, shower hopefully, and put on some casual clothes and put these suckers back on. They go well with any outfit you could think of.

    There are more color options for you to pick from than I could name here. Warning, some of the more exclusive colors can go for hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Absolutely insane!

    Due to the overall popularity of these, they can be hard to find in your preferred color and shoe size so be ready to shop around a bit.

     

    Outsole

    I own the Adidas Ultra Boost 2.0. The 1.0 had a lot of issues with the outsole wearing out too fast but with the 2.0 and forward, Adidas introduced the much more durable and grippy Continental outsole. Running hundreds of miles, and wearing them often to school and around town, my Ultra Boost finally started cracking and wore off after one year.

    As long as you get a pair with the Continental rubber outsole, these will last you for hundreds of miles. They have great tracking no matter the conditions due to the Continental rubber outsole. Don't get caught in heavy rain in these though, you'll feel like you are running in a swamp.

     

    Price

    Ah, the price. Short and to the point - way too expensive! What the heck is Adidas thinking about making these $180?

    The hype around these shoes for runners and casuals means that these shoes never go on sale, and finding them in your size can be a challenge in itself.

    Pros

    • Incredibly comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Stays responsive no matter how many miles you put on them
    • The 2.0 and forward have a durable outsole
    • Great design
    • Large color selection
    • Soft inner lining

    Cons

    • PRICE!
    • Certain models can be hard to find in your size
    • The plastic pieces scratch easily
    • The white boost yellows with time, unwashable
    • Gets wet easily in rain

    Conclusion

    The Adidas Ultra Boost is an incredibly expensive but a versatile shoe. Whether you're running a half marathon or going out on a date, these will serve you well. The price tag is heavy but they are a good value due to the hundreds of miles you will get out of them.

    The shoe is lightweight, breathable, and comfortable making it the only shoe to date I would wear without a sock. I would not recommend it to anyone in a really wet climate as these don't mix well with rain.

    Price tag aside, these were the first Adidas Boost I purchased. I instantly fell in love and now own 7 different models.

  • 82 / 100 |

    Adidas Ultra Boost after 50 miles and a lot of travel

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    I initially bought the Adidas Ultra Boost because I was traveling a lot for work, and I needed a shoe that could transition from a run to looking 'ok' with jeans if I needed to meet up with co-workers in the evening.

    I also needed a shoe that provided enough cushion since I was still recovering from foot surgery. Overall, I think this shoe definitely checked all the boxes for what I was looking for, but I probably wouldn’t use it for my daily trainer

    Upper

    The shoe has a thick single-piece knit upper that is flexible and allows your toes to splay in the toe box.

     

     

    This was really important to me since some shoes rub too much and cause blisters or result in another lost toenail. While flexible, the upper seemed durable and I don’t feel like it will wear down and create a hole.

    Midsole

    The midsole, however, is the star of the show and I think the reason is the Boost line. The midsole is Boost material throughout so you get that nice bouncy midsole from the heel to the toe. 

    Collar

    The ankle collar has a lot of thick padding, which I think is to keep it secure. 

    But I found that it added a lot of extra weight and wasn’t too supportive. The tab at the back of the collar was nice since it helped get in and out of the shoe quickly. 

     

    Shoelace

    The shoelaces are attached using this thick plastic piece that I feel didn’t allow for good lockdown since it created a lot of pressure points.

    This was definitely my biggest problem while running in the shoe since I didn’t feel like I could make a lot of lateral movements. 

    Outsole

    The shoe’s outsole is a grippy continental rubber. The outsole is nice, but it’s very thin and is wearing down quickly after 50 miles running and a lot of walking.

    This shoe is also not ideal for anything beyond pavement or a hard-packed trail since you won’t really get a good grip on any other surface.

    Weight

    This shoe is heavy! Don’t expect a lightweight foam shoe like the Vaporfly, but you definitely get the benefit of the energy return from all that beautiful Boost material.

    Performance

    In short, this was a fun shoe to run in. My favorite type of running to do in the shoe is hill repeats.  

    The forefoot of the shoe is thinner but well cushioned for the uphill and springy comfortable on the downhills. It is a very cushioned shoe and I found that I could do treadmill runs, outdoor long runs and everything in between with very few issues. 

     

     

    I found that the energy return made me feel like I'm faster than my normal runs, which is generally the pace of a turtle running through peanut butter.

    I ran into some issues when I tried to take corners or do lateral movements. I found that my foot was moving around a lot in the shoe since my foot wasn’t very secure in it. If you don’t do a lot of sharp turns or have a foot shape that lends itself to a good lockdown in this shoe, you probably won’t have any issues. 

    Value

    This is an expensive shoe, especially considering the durability factors mentioned above. However, if you opt for the Parley version, you can take solace in the fact that you are contributing to less ocean plastic. Also, it is definitely good looking.

    Pros

    • Cushioning
    • Very responsive and springy ride
    • Flexible midsole
    • Knit upper is comfortable and doesn’t restrict foot
    • Stylish shoe that you can walk around in
    • Fit true to size

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Lockdown is either difficult or uncomfortable
    • Not well suited for surfaces beyond pavement or treadmill
    • Durability concerns with the outsole
  • 70 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 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.

  • 87 / 100 | Hes Kicks | | Level 4 expert

    The boost material on the Ultra Boost is just amazing.

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Jens Jakob Andersen

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