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Review: Adidas UltraBOOST X running shoes

The closest thing your feet will ever experience to running on clouds

By Lydia Chan | Published: 10 Jul 2017

Adidas Ultraboost X
Photo: ELLE Malaysia

Adidas UltraBOOST X running shoes in Mystery Blue, RM799 at Adidas stores and adidas.com.my

The younger sister to the Adidas PureBOOST X, the new Adidas UltraBOOST X maintains the brand's signature Boost technology as well as the floating arch that wraps your midsole. What's new: a Primeknit upper and a lower ankle.

The initial fit
Adidas UltraBOOST X was designed specifically for women, and putting a pair on is like finding your glass slipper – they wrap your feet perfectly. The Primeknit textile feels like wearing the comfiest pair of fuzzy socks. Due to the snug fit, I'd definitely recommend trying both your original size and one size up to determine which is the most comfortable for you.

I was pleasantly surprised by how weightless my feet felt, thanks to the Boost cushioning. The new Mystery Blue colourway also seemed like a good fit for any woman, creating some athleisure appeal without being too conventionally girly.

Photo: adidaswomen/Instagram

During the run
To test these babies out, we ran 4km on the weekend and quickly found out why they're called the UltraBOOST. As a running beginner, I always feel like my feet hit the ground too hard but with these shoes, each step I took had an extra springy push-off, allowing bigger strides with minimum impact on the feet and knees.

I expected to feel the usual new-shoes symptoms, like sore ankles, but it didn't happen. It really felt like I was wearing a worn-in pair. It had rained the night before the run but the soles (made of Continental rubber, the same kind your car tyres are probably made of) prevented any slipping, even as I ran over puddles and wet grass.

The verdict
Whether you're a beginner or a regular marathoner, the Adidas UltraBOOST X will please anyone looking for that extra spring in their step. They're pleasantly lightweight, but still provide that much-needed arch support. I can't wait to see how these shoes fare as I continue to train for future runs.

Wear them with
Adidas Primeknit Hooded Tee, RM440; Adidas M10 Energized Boost Shorts, RM100

Photo: Adidas

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