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OMG Shoes!

Hey. Hi. Hello! We’ve finally made it to Friday in what seemed to be the longest week of my life. I swear once you stop working all the days blend together and it feels like a perpetual Friday all the time. So many bad/annoying/aggravating things have happened this week and I think I lost 5% water weight from all the crying I did. BUT, we made it to Friday, I’m going to make crock pot mac and cheese tonight, and I’m determined to get back to on a positive track with my life.

Now, before we get started, I just want everyone to know that I’m not a hoarder. I pride myself on getting rid of things that I don’t need to keep. However, there’s one area of my life that could probably use some work, and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today. I’m sure you can infer from the title that what I’m talking about it shoes. But not just any sort of shoe. No, I’m talking about the Adidas UltraBoost. So strap in and be prepared for a journey into why this shoe seriously slays (Yes I hate myself for using that term, too).

Let’s start with how this magnificent shoe come into my life. Flashback Summer 2015. I was home from school and back on my fitness grind, so I wanted to pick up new shoes for running. In the town next to mine there’s a store specifically for helping people find the perfect running shoe, and it’s one of the most helpful stores I’ve ever been to. Basically, they analyze your foot, arch, and running pattern in order to figure out the kind of support you need and what’s going to be best for your foot. In my case, I’m incredibly flat-footed, and I pronate when I walk, so it’s all kinds of bad.

Up until this moment I had been a Nike addict. So, I was determined to walk out of that store with a pair of Nike shoes. However, that was quickly rejected because TBQH, Nike shoes seem to be 70% aesthetics and 30% foot support, so it wasn’t doing anything for me. The guy pulled out a few pairs of shoes, the least offensive which was a grey pair of Adidas UltraBoost. These were the ones I decided to go with and walked out of the store $180 poorer.

Flash forward 4 months later, and I’m back on the Adidas website to repurchase this pair of shoes when I was back in Florida. Hopefully, ya’ll know how frequently you’re supposed to replace your running shoes. For me, I have to replace my shoes pretty frequently (like every 2-3 months) because I have a tendon issue in one of my feet that is aggravated when the arch support starts to run down (it’s such a bougie problem to have, pretty inconvenient on the bank account). BUT, when I went to go purchase them, THEY WERE SOLD OUT IN A SIZE 7. And that, my friends, is when I realized the reputation these shoes have.

The Adidas UltraBoost are the COMFIEST shoes I’ve ever worn. They have a relaxed toebox, which gives your foot more room to reach a full range of motion during your movements in comparison to other shoes (Nike I’m looking at you). They also have a cushioned insole that literally feels like you’re walking on a cloud, no joke. More importantly, I’ve never had the feeling that I need to break them in. I can run in them straight out of the box without feeling any discomfort in my feet. BUT, they also have style appeal, which means that these shoes get snatched up by sneakerheads as soon as a new edition or colorway is released. Being a size 7, the most common female shoe size, I have to act fast or I’m not going to be able to snag a pair of shoes.

Sure, there was a point in my life where I wasn’t running for exercise, but I still felt the need to go out and purchase whenever Adidas emailed about a new pair being released. So, at this point in time, April 13th, 2018, I own 10 pairs of the Adidas UltraBoost. I can safely say I own every edition they’ve ever come out with. And so, I’d like to give my personal thoughts and opinions on the three standard versions they have: The UltraBoost, The UltraBoost X, and the UltraBoost laceless.

UltraBoost – These are the most popular UltraBoost, and are the classic style. They have a slightly curved cushion base, normal ankle support, cross-weaving in the pattern, and the three stripe siding. They’re the ones that typically get swiped up the fastest. Currently, they’re my second favorite UltraBoost. I love the arch support it offers because you can feel that it’s there, but I don’t have extreme pain switching between these and my flat lifting shoes. They’re lightweight, look incredible, and are a super versatile shoe. 9/10.

UltraBoost X – This shoe confuses me, I’ll be honest with you. It’s an UltraBoost shoe, but it’s dramatically different from the classic variation. It has the sock ankle support, has a different weave and siding, and a more curved cushion base. However, the worst part about this shoe, for me personally, is the increase arch support. Each UltraBoost X has a separation at the arch between the upper lining and the cushion base because these shoes have a dramatically emphasized arch support. It was explained to me that this is to help create an arch in individuals like myself who are flat-footed, which will then supposedly help with the running stride. However, it’s too painful to wear these shoes, especially since I vary my shoe based on my workout. These are good if you’re going to commit to one pair of shoes for all activities, because they’ll help to gradually build your arch, but you really have to commit (and if you’re like me, then commmitment is V hard). You can’t just wear these shoes once a week for cardio and expect to be pain-free. 7/10.

UltraBoost Laceless – THESE ARE MY FAVORITE ULTRABOOST. HANDS DOWN. They’re designed exactly the same as the classic UltraBoost, except they feature the sock ankle support, and they don’t have laces, duh. In place of the three stripe siding and the laces is this raised prime-knit texture of horizontal striping that hugs the foot in the most amazing way. Sometimes I’ll have issues with my feet sliding to the front of my shoes if they’re not tied tight enough, but that issue is non-existent due to this horizontal striping. I truly love this shoe so much and wish they would come out with an all-white pair for females because if they did I don’t think I would ever take them off. 11/10

I’ve been trying to get Adidas to sponsor me for months now because I’m not sure how much longer I can continue to buy these shoes while I remain unemployed (ya’ll I’m trying to find a job but it’s too damn hard these days IDK what to do). My efforts have been futile, but I think if I keep it up one day they’ll send me a pair for free (fingers crossed). Well, I hope you enjoyed my rant/review of these spectacular beauties, and maybe you’ll go pick up a pair for yourself (unless you’re a female size 7 or a male size 5, then plz let me have my shoes first). Until next time, xoxo.

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