Women's running shoe combines best of both worlds

Ceej Tantengco on Feb 27, 2017 01:41 PM
Women's running shoe combines best of both worlds
The UltraBOOST X, adidasí newest running shoe for women, showcases the best of both worlds.

When adidas dropped the PureBOOST X in 2016, it was a hit with female runners. Apart from being the brand’s first shoe modeled specifically on women’s feet, it featured a floating arch that hugged the foot for dynamic support. Meanwhile, the UltraBOOST persists as one of the adidas’ most popular and stylish sneakers among both men and women.

Can’t choose between the two? No need. The UltraBOOST X, adidas’ newest running shoe for women, showcases the best of both.


Fresh fit

The UltraBOOST X (P9,295) features the adaptive arch and takes the snug fit a step further with a sock-like Primeknit upper. Compared to the PureBOOST X, this new runner provides more stability with the heel counter of UltraBOOST.

If you’ve worn an UltraBOOST before, you’ll notice the UltraBOOST X’s heel counter was slimmed down to fit the contours of women’s feet. adidas also used the ARAMIS motion tracking system to identify the exact points where female runners need both support and space for expansion. The results can be seen in the sculpted midfoot and a change in the Primeknit pattern for the toe area for added breathability.

Tip: Because the fit makes it feel like the UltraBOOST X runs smaller in sizing, you might want to go a half-size bigger than what you’re used to.


Jane of all trades

We tested the UltraBOOST X on different workouts at the Philippines’ launch event in Bonifacio Global City. It comes as no surprise that it gave a comfortable ride during the three-kilometer run. This is standard for any adidas sneaker with a full Boost midsole, but it also felt just as light and bouncy during HIIT and Piloxing workouts.

The UltraBoost X was made for movement, which means it won’t be a good fit for the needs of powerlifters, who favor shoes that are as flat as possible. But for any workout where you’re looking for high energy return—say Crossfit, dance, sprinting—UltraBOOST X gives that extra push.


Beyond training

In typical adidas fashion, the UltraBOOST X easily transitions out of training and into your streetwear.

It comes in three colorways: minimalist black, subdued gray, and a bold blend of orange and black that shows off the shoes’ texture.

You can coordinate the UltraBOOST X with adidas’ new line of running apparel. The collection, which launched alongside the shoe, includes a Primeknit tee, double-layer shorts, running leggings, and a breathable vest.

We’ve seen the UltraBOOST X on the OOTDs of volleyball stars like Melissa Gohing, Aby Maraño, and Michele Gumabao; rugby player Cassie Umali, and pole dancer-slash-spinning instructor Kayleen Ortiz. Even actresses like Anne Curtis and Carla Humphries have donned a pair.

Are you next? Let us know what you think of the UltraBOOST X in the comments section!



Ceej Tantengco is a reporter and writer for S+A. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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