I recently partnered with adidas to try out their new running shoe, the Ultra Boost X. All opinions below are my own.
I’ll admit to you guys, I was a little nervous at first. My history with running is cyclical – one month I’m itching to hit the pavement, the next month my trainers don’t leave the bottom of my closet. I guess you could chalk this up to the ADD of my workout routine in general, as I’m always looking to switch things up. My last days in Charlotte were spent boxing it out at 9Rounds Dilworth. With my move to Pawleys, I decided it was time for another change. New city, new routine. Luckily, I had miles of flat open shoreline calling my name.
Disclosure: I’m about 50/50 on sock fitting running shoes. Sometimes it’s as though my foot lacks support and my gait feels shaky. However, the Ultra Boost X felt secure. The Primeknit material hugs the top of the foot, adapting to the level of support I need. It’s a tight feeling, while maintaining the added benefits of weightlessness. When running in a sock-fit, I prefer to go sans socks. These can be worn either way.
I have naturally high-arching feet. While this delighted my childhood ballet instructors.. for running, it means less weight is placed on my arch than the rest of my foot. Too large of a “support curve” can become painful for me, often causing shin splints and ankle strain. The arch of the Ultra Boost X is floating, so it truly adapts to the need of the individual foot. This Torsion® System gives me the right amount of support for a personalized fit.
The height of my arch also means more weight is placed on the heel and ball of my foot in stride. My shoes need good midsole support to help absorb pressure when my feet hit the ground. Otherwise, my run becomes uncomfortable, fast. I ran the Charleston Bridge Run 10K last year in a pair of ill-fitting shoes.. and my shins hurt for a week. I’m not a long-distance runner by nature, but busting out 3-4 miles still calls for comfort.
The Boost™ technology of these shoes is actually amazing. adidas calls it “the more you give, the more you get”.. and I felt the magic. It’s as if there is a true bounce in your step. The cushioning not only absorbs, but responds – helping you power through that last mile or sprint. This support is perfect for my hard-hitting heel and sole. Also, the “stretchweb” rubber outsole flexes underfoot, adding even more comfort and individual fit.
The Ultra Boost X is the shoe I needed to help put the confidence back in my stride. But for any non-running readers, I also wore them to a TRX class at the gym last week, and they passed with flying colors.
Side note – if you keep up with my posts, you’ll remember (here) how I’ve shopped the young boy’s section when they have a colorway I like that is not carried in women’s (here’s looking at you adidas Tubular Shadow kicks in Black). I don’t advise that in this case, as the women’s Ultra Boost X are a specific fit, just for us ladies. Plus, they already come in black, so the best neutral is covered!
You can find the adidas Ultra Boost X and my workout look on the adidas website here. I’m wearing the Warp Knit tank and Warp Knit tights. Get more info and take 15% off your order by signing up for the adidas newsletter here. Happy running!
*Thank you to adidas for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.
Hi there! I’m Alley, the voice behind Styled in September. I’m an ex-buyer turned lifestyle blogger, currently getting my MBA in Paris, France. With SIS, I try to share my style, beauty, and travel stories, sprinkled with a few unfiltered musings in my digital diary. Currently on tap: some behind-the-scenes takes of an American expat in Paris. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet!