When it comes to running shoes it can be difficult to know which one to go for and when you do finally choose, it can be a little bit of a trial and error. Over the winter months especially, it can be hard to find the right shoe that can battle all of the elements mother nature throws at us. Luckily, Adidas has launched a shoe exactly for that purpose and I tested it out.
The Adidas UltraBOOST X All-Terrain is a shoe that aims to get you out running even when it's wet and blistering cold outside. Born to "shatter your excuses" the shoe has a knit, sock-like upper (the part of the shoe that covers your foot) that extends right up to your ankle to keep you warm and prevent water from seeping into your foot. The high cut also gives extra foot and ankle support therefore hugging both on your run.
Due to its sock-fit design, you don't have to wear socks with it. However, if you're someone who is prone to blisters like I am, I would advise you wear trainer socks so your feet don't slide down the shoe.
I wasn't in love with the high-rise sock fit initially but I've always been a fan of the UltraBOOST technology ever since Adidas released the first UltraBOOST shoe in grey in 2015. When I bought my first pair of UltraBOOSTs, a running specialist told me I was an over-pronator so I opted for an alternative shoe. But I was in love with the colours and the shoe so much I bought them immediately, despite them being considered a neutral shoe, and I've never looked back since. I went on to run four marathons in the grey pair and later bought the updated UltraBOOST shoe in Triple White.
The UltraBOOST X All-Terrain however is a different kettle of fish. Unlike some sports brands, Adidas has kept the UltraBOOST technology near enough the same. It still feels like you're running on clouds with little to no effort. With the UltraBOOST there are thousands of "energy capsules" in the sole of the shoe that are designed to respond to your movement - therefore, the more you put in, the more you get out.
I tested the UltraBOOST X All-Terrain on both the pavement and grass and in sunny and wet conditions and I was impressed. Not only did the shoe keep my feet warm and dry but also on warmer days the shoe was breathable enough to keep my feet cool. It certainly is a shoe for all weather conditions. Considering I've just returned to training after spending a whole year plagued by injury, the UltraBOOST is responsive enough to give me that extra bounce when I need it, especially when I'm running on the pavement and impact is expected.
The Continental rubber outsole is also pretty good for holding the grip on roads and pavements in any weather, and surprisingly on wet grass. I wouldn't advise you take these out on a trail run but they are alright for an off-road detour should you want to run through a park or run on icy pavements.
The shoe debuted last month and retails at £169.00 a pop so it is an investment but luckily enough the design is stylish enough for you to wear with a pair of jeans, a skirt or culottes to go about your day-to-day errands. I tend to wear mine to commute to work with a long gold skirt from MANGO or a pair of jeans. It really is like wearing a pair of slippers around the office, they are so comfortable but then when I'm ready to head out for a run, I'm ready.
So my verdict? I love them. They are excellent value for money, the shoe is long-lasting and is perfect for autumn/winter training sessions, giving me and you absolutely no excuse to go out there and get running.
The shoes come in two colourways: Ruby £169.00 and the Limited Edition Black £179.00 and are available on Adidas.co.uk.