When the PureBOOST X was launched last year, it was adidas’ first major foray into designing a shoe primarily for women’s specific needs. Since then it’s had a few iterations always featuring the adaptive (floating) arch that uniquely supports the female foot.
With the launch of the UltraBOOST X for women, the adaptive arch once again makes its appearance, but this time in a shoe that’s part of the hugely popular UltraBOOST running shoe line.
Along with the adidas brand ambassadors, a few of us bloggers were given the opportunity to try the UltraBOOST X out last week, putting the shoes through their paces with a group run and a Piloxing (Pilates + boxing) session at the BGC Arts Center.
Primeknit uppers wrap the foot for support but keep things cool. The part around the lower ankle feels like socks, but you can definitely still wear socks with these. Full BOOST material for the midsole provides an ultra-comfortable ride, while Continental rubber lends the sole more durability as well as grip in wet or dry conditions. The cage and heel cup makes the shoe fit more securely, eliminating that nagging paranoia I had about the PureBOOST X upper tearing off the sole whenever I increased the intensity of my workouts.
While I was feeling a bit ill that day and passed on the Piloxing session, I absolutely loved how the UltraBOOST X looks and feels. They are fashionable as well as functional. It almost seems a waste to use them purely to run in, because the neutral color schemes (black, grey, or orange) make them a great addition to a casual, relaxed daytime street fashion look.
The sizing can be a bit odd compared to other adidas shoe lines, and since the upper is so soft and stretchy you might be able to slip into a shoe a full size smaller than your real size. So fit with care and keep going up by half a size even if you think it’s already the right one. Run and stomp around in them to make sure your foot can fully expand.
The UltraBOOST X is now available at all adidas Performance stores. Watch it in action in its hype video below: