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Adidas Ultraboost 21: A Lifestyle Sneaker or Serious Performance Running Shoe?

CEO Tinh Phung
Introduction When it comes to running shoes that combine style and functionality, few can compare to the Adidas Ultraboost. With its sleek design and comfortable fit, it has become a favorite among sneaker enthusiasts. However,...

Introduction

When it comes to running shoes that combine style and functionality, few can compare to the Adidas Ultraboost. With its sleek design and comfortable fit, it has become a favorite among sneaker enthusiasts. However, with the release of the Ultraboost 21, Adidas claims to have taken it to the next level. In this review, we'll delve into whether the Ultraboost 21 is truly a serious performance running shoe or simply a fashionable lifestyle sneaker.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 First Impressions

Adidas Ultraboost 21 When I first laid eyes on the leaked image of the Ultraboost 21, I was taken aback by its bold design. The amount of Boost foam in the heel seemed almost excessive. However, upon closer inspection, it became evident that Adidas had taken a daring approach with this new model.

My initial run with the Ultraboost 21 left me slightly disappointed. They felt heavy and rigid, lacking the expected softness and responsiveness. The crystal rubber outsole made for loud foot landings, reminiscent of a horse trotting down the road. However, the transitions were smooth, thanks to the bevelled heel and well-designed outsole configuration.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Sole Unit

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Sole The Boost foam, once revered for its plushness, feels firmer in the Ultraboost 21. This tweak supposedly enhances responsiveness, but it seems misplaced in a shoe that aims to prioritize comfort. The heavy weight of the shoe, combined with the dense midsole, limits its use to easy and recovery runs.

The LEP system, similar to the Torsion system in previous Adidas trainers, provides midfoot stability and structure. However, in the case of the Ultraboost 21, it makes the shoe feel stiff and clunky. On a positive note, the new outsole design offers excellent durability and smoother ride transitions.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Upper Unit

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Upper The bootie construction of the Ultraboost 21 poses limitations, particularly in terms of heel lockdown. Unlike its competitors, Adidas has not addressed this issue, resulting in subpar foot lockdown. The Primeknit+ upper feels comfortable but lacks breathability. The plastic cage, while not as intrusive as before, provides midfoot lockdown and enhances overall fit.

Conclusion

Adidas Ultraboost 21 The Ultraboost 21 struggles to find its identity as either a performance running shoe or a lifestyle sneaker. Its heavy weight and bottom-heavy feel, combined with the loose heel, hinder its performance potential. Furthermore, the high price tag of $180 seems excessive for a shoe that falls short of its predecessors in terms of comfort and responsiveness.

While the Ultraboost 21 may serve as a stylish casual shoe for short runs, it fails to live up to expectations as a serious, performance running shoe. There are other options available in the market that offer better value for the price. As such, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend the Ultraboost 21 for serious runners.

(Note: This review is based on our own experience with the Adidas Ultraboost 21, having run more than 50 miles in them. We purchased the shoes from runningwarehouse using our own money.)

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