Are you an overpronator who's looking for a super comfortable everyday trainer? The Adidas Ultra Boost ST might just be your next shoe. It's a stability shoe that offers some of the best cushioning out there. It's like running in a really cushy slipper, thanks to its sock-like upper and evenly distributed Boost foam midsole.
The Boost ST is also a darn good-looking shoe and you might just find yourself wearing it on your rest days. It's a welcome update to the previous Ultra Boost model, offering more cushioning and stability features. It also offers more toe room and a more flexible construction in the upper. It's a great everyday trainer that will be able to tackle many miles in a variety of conditions.
The sole of the Ultra Boost ST also features the Torsion System which allows for greater stability since it reduces torsion in the shoe. You'll notice that the Ultra Boost ST also features a stability strip labeled 'Energized Stability'.
It's a flexible piece of material that ensures the shoe remains stable and reduces sideways movement in the shoe to help counteract overpronation.
This makes the shoe a tad bit heavier than the non-stability version. The foam featured in the midsole has the benefit of maintaining its springiness after many runs. Runners felt that the shoe's comfortable bounce did not diminish even after several a hundred miles of use.
The difference with the Ultra Boost ST versus the previous Boost model is that the upper does not feature any rigid plastic this time. This allows for a bit more flexibility. Also noticeable on the shoe are the reflective features. In low-light conditions, they function quite well.
It weighs in at 298g for the men's version and at 255g for the women's version. The added foam cushioning definitely adds a fair bit of weight to the Boost ST, but the cushioning does its job so well, it's hard to care about a few extra grams of weight.
You'll get a secure fit with plenty of room to wiggle your toes. The Ultra Boost ST features a taller toe box which many runners found a welcome alteration from the previous Boost edition. The upper is made of non-stretch Primeknit, but it's not compressive by any means, so again, you'll feel secure but not packed in like a sardine in this shoe.
You'll admire your stylishly clad feet in the mirror before every run. The Ultra Boost ST is a nice looking shoe that's offered in understated color variations. This is a shoe that you can easily wear every day and you'll likely find yourself keeping them on while running errands post-run.
The rubber is used in the construction of tires so, despite the fact that the outsole is thin, you'll find yourself getting quite a bit of mileage in the Ultra Boost ST. Still, some runners did find the thin construction, even with the Continental rubber, made it so that the shoe was less durable than they had hoped.
The foam cushioning will keep your joints protected well into your marathon training season. A nice bonus with the Ultra Boost ST is the increased amount of cushioning in the forefoot. This is great news for forefoot strikers who have trouble finding a shoe with a good forefoot cushioning.
Thanks to the injection of Boost foam in the forefoot, the shoe's cushioning is much evener.
Many users also commented that the shoe was indeed more durable than its previous iteration, but the lugs featured on the outsole did seem to wear out quite quickly which reduces the amount of grip the shoe has.
Taking the Ultra Boost out on the trails probably isn't the greatest idea but it can definitely handle runs through the city just fine.
If you're considering the Boost ST, you'll want to make sure it fits your foot accordingly. Some users have mentioned the need to go up at least a half size while others commented that the shoe fits much too snugly. Definitely try it before you buy, even if you found the previous Boost fit quite well.
The Ultra Boost ST's outsole features flattened lugs to improve traction for the user. The lugs do seem to wear out quite fast, so traction is not consistent throughout the shoe's life.
Runners will find that their arch is well supported in the Ultra Boost ST, thanks to ample foam cushioning in that area. The Boost ST does feature a midsole band which offers stability by reducing inward motion and thus reducing over-pronation.
It's a great trainer for overpronators looking for a well-cushioned shoe. It's also a great choice for runners who are forefoot strikers since the foam cushioning is evenly distributed throughout the shoe. It's a great move forward for Adidas. With the improvements on the previous Boost, the Boost ST is sure to become the favorite shoe of many runners.