Who should buy the Adidas Ultraboost 22

The 22nd version of the Ultraboost from Adidas is a reliable pick if you want one shoe for: 

  • daily runs 
  • walking
  • casual wear

Adidas Ultraboost 22 logo

Who should NOT buy it

Definitely skip the Ultraboost 22 if you're looking for (1) a speed trainer or (2) a lightweight shoe. If you want to go fast, here's a list of other tempo shoes

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Ultraboost 22 vs. 21

The first gender-specific Adidas Ultraboost

There's a dedicated men and women's version of the Adidas Ultraboost 22. For the female's shoe, it's been made by an all-ladies design team. It drops the typical "color it feminine and size it down" approach. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 heel

Instead, it follows the natural shape and form of the female feet.

Among the gender-specific features added into the women's version is a more padded heel since the female heel is narrower. 

More comfortable

Compared to the Ultraboost 21, the Ultraboost 22 has a softer Boost midsole, making it more feet-friendly. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 light


The Ultraboost 22 only weighs in at 12.05 oz (UK M 9) while the Ultraboost 21 weighs in at 13.35 oz. 

Improved lockdown

The eyelets and the midfoot cage have been revamped, allowing the shoe to lock the foot better. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 daily trainer

Adidas Ultraboost 22: Adding pep to your step

True to its promise, the Linear Energy Push System (LEP) of the shoe adds some push to the runner's stride. According to multiple reviewers, its stiffness makes the ride a touch snappy and propulsive. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 rubber outsole

It's complemented by the Boost tech, creating feedback for an energetic ride. 

Inspiring confidence

Apart from having a fun ride, it's also "very stable." On top of the LEP System, droves of testers attribute this to the wider midfoot and heel of the shoe. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 toe

They've even dubbed the shoe as a more stable alternative to the Asics Novablast 2

Grip and durability level: Continental

All experts agree that the strength of the Continental rubber is unquestioned. It's built to last like the other Ultraboost models. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 continental

And its traction? Just as awesome!

They took the Ultraboost 22 on wet and dry road and concrete, and not one complained about slips. 

According to them, the shoe provides an "assured feel" regardless of terrain. 

Say goodbye to wobbling

The upper has a form-fitting wrap that keeps the foot locked in place. Majority of the runners also report that the "mild" changes in the midfoot cage make a world of difference in keeping their feet tucked in. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 laces

So much so, there have been zero reports of excessive foot rolls. From the heel to the forefoot, they have not experienced any slips.

The Adidas Ultraboost 22 eats up the impact

The Ultraboost is loaded with lots of Boost foam, which is primarily the reason why it's heavy. But it also makes an effective impact dampener.

Adidas Ultraboost 22 boost foam

Commenters say that their feet and legs don't feel strained.

Stepping it up in the comfort department

The upper has more stretch this time, allowing it to mold to the foot better.

Adidas Ultraboost 22 upper

Taking it a step further, road runners have also noted that the lowermost eyelets' lace loops allow the foot to bend "more freely." 

Easy on and off

The slip-on design and extended heel tab of the shoe make it convenient to wear. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 slip-on

Ultraboost 22: Maximizing comfort, minimizing waste

With the goal to eliminate plastic waste, the Adidas Ultraboost 22 uses Primeblue upper (made from recycled materials). Although made from plastic, it's not scratchy. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 sustainable

Runners find it very "cozy" and "stretchy;" it's almost "sock-like." 

Warning: Can be constricting

This is a case for wide-footed runners. There's not much volume in the toe box, making the shoe suffocating. 

Adidas Ultraboost 22 toe box

Their recourse has been removing the insole entirely to make the fit more comfortable. 

The Ultraboost 22 is lighter but still heavy

Adidas Ultraboost 22 cushioned shoe

On paper, the Adidas Ultraboost 22 goes on a diet. But on the run, it doesn't translate; critics still find it "clunky."

Breaks the bank

For a shoe that doesn't offer much when it comes to performance, many find the Ultraboost's $190 price tag outrageous. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Adidas Ultraboost, Adidas Boost, Adidas Continental, Adidas Primeknit
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Knit upper

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