It was time for new running shoes. Wait WHAT? you think I’m totally batshit don’t you. Didn’t I juuuuuuust post about new shoes? Well, funny you should mention it but those Tigers happened to be new leisure shoes (for non-rainy days), not to be confused with shoes one might actually wear for sweating. I wear sneakers like a normal person might wear loafers or heels but since you don’t usually jump up and down in your work shoes, MY work shoes need to be replaced every 4 to 6 months. Add to that an ANNOYING effing grandma injury that just won’t quit and I decided to see if I could find the perfect pair of shoes that would solve all my troubles.

My criteria:

  • super grippy outsole for side-to-side movements with a breathable,
  • lightweight upper and
  • a very cushiony midsole for my grandma joints.

I also need them to look GOOD. There are worse things than wearing ugly shoes but I can’t think of any right now.

I know, I know. I’m tougher than a $2 steak but I was determined to find The Shoes.

I’d been hearing a lot about the new boost technology being promoted by Adidas. Pureboost are Styrofoam-looking beads that are steam-pressed together to form the midsole technology. Every good party starts in the kitchen and this is no exception. The idea was first discussed in the Adidas Institute’s coffee kitchen in 2006 and it took until 2012 to get these particles into a functional shoe prototype. This year, Adidas has been pushing their PureBoost technology HARD and being the proper bandwagon jumper that I am, I was very interested.  

A little bit about the technology:

You sink a little deeper into the boost material, which gives a very cushioned feeling. It compresses easily and is very flexible while retaining elasticity. What does this mean for the sensation? When you slam down in the shoe, say from jump or a long run stride, you feel cushioned and bouncy, almost like a rebound or return in energy. In other types of shoes, you feel as if you are running on top of the midsole but with these, you feel as if the shoe is part of your foot stride. It’s extremely relaxing.

I ordered 3 pairs of shoes that I wore around the house for the day and also did a workout in each pair. Adidas boasts a 30-day money-back guarantee so I decided to also try out their customer service. Would they take back a shoe that had been sweated in? Spoiler alert: they did.

1. the PureBoost X cross-training shoe also has this new flexible arch feature that is supposed to hug your entire foot with each step. It has a wider forefoot to accommodate, a soft neoprene upper and a super grippy outsole. Don’t let the low-profile grip mislead you. These were the best shoes for lateral movements. Only downside, the heel cup was a nice cozy fit but aggravated my Achilles’ injury. This is a very specific criticism to my old granny heel so if you have normal feet, you won’t feel this. 

2. the PureBoost R is a running shoe that has an entire knitted upper, probably Adidas’ answer to the Nike Flyknit technology. I liked the low profile of the heel. This didn’t feel like a running shoe with a giant heel wedge that made me feel like I might roll my ankle every time I do side-to-side movements. A Canadian can’t be nervous while doing skaters during tabata class! Blasphemy! My only criticism is the sock-like, knitted fabric of the upper didn’t give quite enough support. This shoe felt a little sloppy.

3. First pair was too stiff, second pair was too flexible… Goldilocks found her perfect bowl of porridge in the third pair! The Ultra Boost, were just RIGHT! They feel very cushiony through the midsole because of the boost technology and this torsion system along the length of the shoe that created additional support.

The heel cup is supportive without being constrictive and they were designed by Stella McCartney. (translation: this is a good looking shoe).

Lightweight, shock-absorbing and gorgeous? No, no, I’m not talking about myself, I’m talking about the shoes! My only criticism was the price. [don’t ask] Considering how often I wear my ‘work’out shoes and that I am closing in on year 2 of this effing injury, these shoes are totally worth it for me. 

I mean just LOOK at what this boost technology is capable of!



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