By the courtesy of Girls Love 2 Run I had the opportunity to try out the new Adidas Ultra Boost during a short interval training tonight. The training itself was not extremely intensive and the total run time/distance was not very long, but I am happy to let you know what I think about the shoes!
Disclaimer: I was not given the shoes (they were lent to me for the duration of the training) and I was not asked for a review nor received any financial or otherwise compensation for it. All the opinions expressed are my own.
The Plus Side
The Ultra Boosts I was trying out were a very comfortable pair of shoes. They have a nice structure where the tongue is part of the shoe, so it doesn’t move around or to the side, what I really appreciate. The other girls were commenting that they feel a bit like a pair of slippers, and yes you have to slip into them first.
I like how the laces are attached to the side-stripes which are separate from the upper shoe and attached to the sole and the plastic heel counter.
The sole feels thin, but is very soft with surprising amount of cushioning in this amount of material; also, despite how thin it is, it doesn’t make me feel every single stick or pebble on the trail. I have not run with them on the road, only natural trail, therefore I cannot say anything about the cushioning on harder surfaces.
The shoe fits very snugly and the long flap on the heel side protecting the Achilles tendon is actually extremely nice for people like me who often experience chafing at this part of the shoe.
There were three things which I did not love about these shoes. First was the sizing – my normal shoes are size 40, my running shoes are size 41. These were 41 + 1/3 and they still felt on the small side. The toebox is quite thin and very flat, therefore even though they were fine length-wise, I still felt like I did not have much space. On the other hand, that might mean that gives them the very snug fit and makes them stay in place. Second thing which I didn’t like very much was that the shoelaces were a bit too short. If I ever buy these, I will certainly need longer shoelaces. I tried to tuck them into the sides of my shoes like I do normally, but they kept escaping and getting untied.
The most important problem with these for me was that they felt very warm – much warmer than the shoes I use now (Saucony Jazz). They look like they should have enough ventilation, but the back/middle part of my feet felt really too warm in them.
How did they run?
Very well and comfy. I think these hardly need any breaking in, but I was not wearing them for long enough to experience how to they adjust to the foot. They also have very good traction and even running uphill or on my toes, I did not slip an inch. I did slip a bit on the grass, though, but that was expected.
It was very nice to participate in the training with 120 other girls! Look at that army in matching shirts! Even though the training itself was a bit too short for me, it was great to meet the running girls again and have some fun together. After the training we received some delicious yoghurt.
And I am really happy we got to keep the shirts. I love the colour!