Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Cushioning: Athletes admired the soft and bouncy Boost midsole. According to some, it "felt like floating or walking on the clouds."
  • Comfort: Runners find the Ultraboost 4.0 DNA is very comfortable. They used the shoe for hours without any issue at all.
  • Quality: Many testers were impressed by the shoe's quality. They describe the quality as "10 times better than the other running shoes" they've worn from the past.
  • Looks: Many reviewers said that the shoe looks great, especially the all-black and all-white variations.
  • Fit: Medium and narrow-footed runners agreed that the shoe fits like a glove.
  • Flexible upper: According to a few user reviews, the Primeknit upper has the right amount of stretch for a wide variety of foot shapes.
  • Versatility: A few reviewers reported that the Ultraboost 4.0 DNA also works well when used for walking, gym workouts, and casual runs.
  • Sustainability: The shoe features the Primeblue upper, which is recycled high-performance material made in partnership with Parley Ocean Plastic.

1 reason not to buy

  • Not for wide feet: Wide-footed runners mentioned that the shoe "felt too tight" and "a bit difficult to put on."

Bottom line

The Ultraboost 4.0 DNA carries the midsole of one of the most popular performance runners from Adidas, but it has a design that is ready for the street. It is an everyday trainer that you can absolutely use as you perform your day-to-day routine, from fitness to casual days.

Using the Primeblue upper, the Ultraboost 4.0 DNA is also a good option for environmentally-conscious athletes.

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Adidas Ultraboost 4.0 DNA: Comfort and style

Meant for the road, the Ultraboost 4.0 DNA delivers a good blend of comfort and performance in a sleek silhouette. It has a smooth upper with a cushioning that efficiently returns energy with each stride. 

Best for:

  • everyday training
  • casual walking and running

Highlights of the Ultraboost 4.0 DNA

  • The Adidas Boost midsole offers a soft underfoot cushioning with lots of spring and energy return.
  • The Primeknit upper delivers seamless coverage for an irritation-free performance without compromising breathability.
  • Continental rubber outsole offers durability and traction on roads and varied paved surfaces.
  • The Primeblue material is used as one of the brand's sustainability commitments. It is a high-performance recycled material made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic.


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