adidas ultraboost 22 offers a nice smooth ride for most runners

We tried it: designed by women for women

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Experts will tell you that there is no one size fits all when it comes to choosing the right running shoe. And the adidas Ultraboost 22although amazingly designed shoes, are great for some and less so for others.

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I fall into the camp of the others.

A long time runner with a lot of passion and determination, I am not what you would call a superstar and my trotters need help. I didn’t know until recently how much.

Towards the end of 2021, I started training for my next half marathon scheduled for this summer in Winnipeg. As one does, I went from being neglected with maybe 1,000 steps a day to jogging four to five times a week. My body was brutal in its aftershock leaving me unable to walk after long runs.

The people at Gord’s Race Store found out why. I have wobbly ankles (think alcoholic lower extremities without the alcohol) and a workout plan that no one in their right mind would recommend. They put me in a solid pair of Brooks Ariel which, although ugly, makes my runs comfortable.

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But I fell for the advertisement of the adidas Ultraboost

Say I was excited to lace up a pair of adidas Ultraboost 22’s (which were released earlier this year) is an understatement. I could barely wait.

The adidas reputation combined with shrewd marketing made me want to join all the runners in the countryside – ecstatic as they effortlessly pounded the pavement in pretty pastel trainers (it’s magic mauve). Nothing like my Brooks Double Wide Shoe Boats.

Would they do what I needed?

Gord Hobbins, (@gordsrunningstore) told me that Ultraboosts are a great choice for many runners, but not for people like me who need a lot of stability in their shoe.

“People who are biomechanically blessed and have done a really good job of choosing their parents, they can run many miles in shoes like the adidas Ultraboost (22.) They are very neutral, very cushioned mileage running shoes “, he mentioned. “However, if a person needs a certain degree of stability, that means their foot is rolling inwards, the Ultraboost doesn’t have extra support built in for that.”

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He fully endorsed the sneakers for shorter runs, speed training and, of course, walking.

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I love my UBs. Especially because they look so frisky. But it goes further.

In shape: I fell in love as soon as I slipped my foot into its sock-like upper, a bootie style that catches you at the back of the heel just below the ankle for a snug, close-fitting fit.

“There aren’t too many people who don’t appreciate a hug every day,” Hobbins said.

A function: The super snug fit that’s still wide enough to accommodate my wide feet makes for a comfortable run, knowing that I’m a reputable, well-designed runner. They are extremely light and, for lack of a better word, awfully bouncy. I also wear them for walks because they offer more support than regular shoes, of course, and they are so stylish.

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People who need more stabilizing characteristics for longer runs will find these put too much strain on the knees or legs, but those who don’t will rock the Ultraboosts and enjoy the super smooth ride and fluffy.

“Maybe 35-50% of people who walk through the door would be good candidates,” says Hobbins, referring to Ultraboosts. “It will be a cushioned ride under your foot.”

the The adidas Ultraboost 22 collection is designed to be super responsive giving runners four percent more energy return than the previous incarnation and is designed to deliver the ultimate comfort to the female foot.

Soft on the feet, it’s also eco-friendly with its natural rubber outsole and yarn upper containing 50% Parley Ocean plastic (a material created from recycled plastic waste collected from beaches and coastal communities before to end up in the ocean).

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Price: People who want to run seriously should expect to pay around $180+ for a good pair of shoes these days, with the Ultraboost 22 being in the higher price range.

adidas Ultraboost 22

Sports life ($250) | adidas ($250) | SportChek ($250) | Fields Sports ($250)

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