UltraBoost Your Run!

UltraBoost Your Run!

Disclaimer: I received the Adidas UltraBoost X  to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRavePro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews.

Talk about perfect timing! I was in search for a comfortable shoe and I believe I found it!  BibRave asked me to review the Adidas UltraBoost X this month. And dang, they are VERY DIFFERENT! When I took it out of the box I couldn’t believe the floating arch.

Ultra Boost Your Run!

Adidas designed this shoe specifically for women (sorry guys!). It’s designed and crafted for the natural form of a woman’s foot and foot strike. Plus it’s SO PRETTY!

What is Boost?

Boost is a highly elastic, thermal-plastic urethane that is formed into oval pellets to make up the support of the shoe. So it’s a super-soft, super-bouncy sole. Here’s a great explanation of it.

Sock-like fit!

I’m really loving the color and the texture of the material. And it comes in 7 different styles and colors. Do you like the glow orange color I got? The mesh design makes the shoe stretch to create a fully supported shoe for your foot. And it never feels tight! It really does feel like a sock when you wear it and the shoe is also very light. Almost feels like you’re walking a cloud.

Ultra Boost Your Run!My only issue with this shoe is I can’t fit my orthotics inside of it. Because of my past with plantar fasciitis, I’ve grown accustomed to wearing my insoles.

Ultra Boost Your Run!

So I was definitely careful wearing these shoes. First I just walked in them and used them at work. Yup, I work in the computer lab.

Ultra Boost Your Run!

They were definitely comfy and the floating arch supported my foot even while standing all day at work. Next I tried a couple of short runs with them. My first run was a 3 miler and they felt awesome during the run. I even had the Hubs take pictures to see how my foot landed.

Ultra Boost Your Run!

They are super-flexible and moved with each stride.  It did feel as if my foot was doing more of a forefoot strike in this shoes. I couldn’t tell if it was because of the lack of my orthotics or because of the foam padding or because of how super-light these are. Whatever the reason, my foot did end up feeling a little tired after this run.

After taking them out a couple of more times, I definitely see using the UltraBoost X for shorter runs like 5Ks and road training runs. They seem perfect for racing and shorter training days. 

Pros and Cons Time!


  • A variety of colors to pick from
  • Super light which makes them perfect for short, fast runs
  • Great traction on the soles
  • Can also be used as a comfortable every-day shoe


  • A little pricey-$180.00 (ouch!)
  • The material of the shoe is made to wear without socks. Personally I can’t imaging running without socks. So you will definitely see the cuffs of my socks while wearing these shoes.
  • Can’t fit any type of supportive insole in it. That is probably why I will only use this shoe for shorter miles.

The Final Say!

All I can say is go try them out. Remember shoes are a very personal thing! What works for one person may not work for another. Your best bet is to try on a pair and see how they fit. You can find the Adidas UltraBoost X at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Go grab a pair and run around the store in them and see if they work for you.

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