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First impressions: I immediately loved the color of these shoes. I thought they didn’t look super cushiony but was anxious to give them a try. As you know, I had knee surgery last year and still have osteoarthritis in my knees. Cushioning is the most important feature that I look for in a running shoe these days.
When I went to put these shoes on for the first time, I really struggled to get them on. There is a very stretchy and form fitting upper on this shoe. I liken it to putting on compression socks. Thankfully, the more times I put them on, the better I got at it.
It is such a snug fit, you definitely feel supported. I can’t say that I felt the extra cushion (compared to my Hokas), but they were comfortable. I would say that they run a little on the small side. This is considered a neutral shoe.
"UltraBoost X is designed to respond to the way your foot moves through each stride, the shoes feature a floating arch and an adidas Primeknit upper that hugs and adapts to your foot throughout the gait cycle. boost™ delivers maximum energy return, and a stretchy outsole flexes to adapts to the way your foot strikes the ground."
I took them out for several shorter runs, including a 5k race (below) and got a faster finish time. I even got compliments at my ladies 5am run club run (see "shoefie" above). I ran on a variety of surfaces from concrete to gravel, dirt and asphalt.
These shoes are very lightweight (8.3 ounces). There's a high arch with a gap underneath, I'm not sure what that does, but it looks cool :)
I also tried running in them sockless, since the upper kind of feels like a sock. You totally could do that, but it just felt sweaty. After all, I live in Arizona where it is 100 degrees. So, yuck.
Bottom line is that I like these shoes for shorter distances. They have such a snug fit that when my run is done I am usually anxioius to get them off. After my race they kind of became uncomfortable to leave on. I need to lace them a little looser next time. I tried thin socks, thick socks and no socks, but I just came to the conclusion that they run a little on the small side.
Retail price is a bit steep - $180 – but you can find them at your closest Dick’s Sporting Goods.
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Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!