The Adidas Ultraboost 20 does look like a wonderful shoe upon first glance. But if you’ve been online shopping before, you should know that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
What might seem outstanding on product images can be a big let down in real life.
Ever heard of the saying “what it looks like in the pictures VS real life”.
Yea, well I’m here to see how this shoe really performs and whether the claims are a big fat lie.
I hope you enjoy my Adidas Ultraboost 20 review.
At a glance
Product Name: Adidas Ultraboost 20
Designed for: Running
Expected lifespan: 1 – 2 years
Price: $100 – $250
Overall Rating: 4.6/5
These shoes are well worth the price as long as you pay $150 or less. Some are far more pricier because the final price is determined by the seller, size and color. They are definitely comfortable, high quality, lightweight, and great running shoes and can last up to 2 years depending on how often you use them.
The Ultraboost 20 is an upgraded version of the 19, which I have already reviewed before.
From the get-go they look aesthetically pleasing which is always a bonus.
They feature a foot-hugging knit upper for immense comfort, and reinforcements in problem areas that are prone to being damaged quickly.
The primeknit upper is lightweight and breathable, and allows for a second-skin feeling.
This means no socks are needed but can be if the individual prefers it.
The soft elastane heel adds comfort, and the responsive cushioning makes it feel like you can run forever.
That covers everything from the manufacturers, now lets talk about the hidden things they don’t tell you.
What’s the comfort really like?
It’s a common compliment that these shoes are comfortable, but not just while running, they are comfortable for all day use.
The primeknit upper hugs your foot which is what makes it so comfortable.
Almost like a second-skin feeling.
Also you can use them with or without socks, depending on what you prefer.
Some even say they are the most comfortable shoes they have ever worn.
Others use them for all day use, casual/general wear, walking, running and the gym.
Now if you use them for the gym I would stick to weight training and walking or running.
For cross training there are better alternatives more suited for it.
This makes them pretty versatile considering most running shoes are only good for running and walking.
What about durability?
Normal shoes have a strong upper to increase durability and offer extra protection against the elements (rain, wind, etc).
However, you have to keep in mind that running shoes are made to be lightweight and breathable, else your feet get hot and sweaty.
These shoes are made of primeknit material which is susceptible to easier wear and tear.
The good news is that Adidas have done things differently by adding extra stitching in weak areas.
The durability of these shoes are much better than other primeknit sneakers, but continue to stay lightweight and ventilated.
Customers say they easily last 1-2 years with heavy use in the gym, which I expect to considering the high price tag!
So yes, these shoes are incredibly durable and can last over 2 years.
How does quality compare to the price?
Lets first look at the average pair of running shoes.
A $100 pair will last about 4 – 6 months, if you’re an avid runner, of course.
Or about 300 – 500 miles in the same amount of time if you run 16 miles a week.
Now keep in mind that that’s an avid runner.
This will be much longer if you run less than that.
Looking at some of the reviews for the Adidas Ultraboost 20, a lot of people wear them for the gym, running, walking and casual use.
So of course they are going to last about 1 – 2 years if you use them for walking, casual, or the gym.
But if used strictly for running, you should be able to get 1 year or more out of them.
Are they true to size?
Amazon has an 86% fit rate which is quite high.
This means they are very true to size and should fit perfectly.
However, if you’re coming from Nike, you need to size down by a 1/2.
For example, if you’re a 10 at Nike, you’ll be a 9.5 in Adidas.
This is because Nike shoes run 1/2 a size small.
But yes, they are true to size otherwise.
The negative reviews
Some people receive theirs which have already been worn.
Although it’s not a huge deal, there is still a trend of complaints that raises some questions.
Like why are they sending used shoes?
Why are some slipping through quality control?
I’m not sure, but one things for certain, there’s always going to be people that complain about their purchase, even at the smallest things.
Someone said they’re not comfortable for the price, others said they’re very slidey, they’re not as comfortable as their work boots, and the tongue gets in the way when putting on, etc, etc.
I mean, that’s reaching for something to complain about if you ask me.
But each to their own.
The good news is that most of the complaints are small and the ones that raises red flags are the used shoes.
I do not know why, but that definitely does knock off a couple points!
The pros and cons
- Hugs your foot for a second-skin feel
- Lightweight and breaths
- Some of the most comfortable shoes for some people
- Can be worn with or without socks
- Good durability with strong weak points
- Questionable quality control
- Prices vary a lot
Do I recommend this shoe?
I wasn’t sure about these shoes after seeing a number of people get some that have already been worn.
However, the amount of people that love these and find them comfortable cannot be avoided.
They are truly comfortable for the most part and durable for the price.
The prices change drastically with the size and colorway which is why some customers pay $120 and others pay $200.
So it’s better to check out all the colors in your size to find the cheapest one.
Apart from these small issues, they are one hell of a high performance sneaker and certainly one to add to your arsenal of gym/running collection.
The Adidas Ultraboost 20 Shoes are highly recommended!
As you know, these shoes have questionable quality control.
Fortunately the pattern used to create this shoe is used by other company: Nike!
It is called Flyknit and it’s actually better than Primeknit.
The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit Shoes are the same price and one of my favorite running shoes.
The aesthetics is there, the comfort is high, the durability is there and it’s received just as much good feedback from the community.
In my opinion they are more high value for money and a great alternative.
My final opinion
Some prices go up to $200 and sometimes more.
However, I don’t recommend going that high as they are not worth it.
It’s better to stay around the $150 mark or lower, or you might not get your money’s worth.
Are they worth the price?
As long as you stay in the $150 price range or lower, yes.
And if you can’t find an affordable colorway in your size, then I highly recommend the alternative above.
Well that finishes up this review on the Adidas Ultraboost 20.
I’m glad you read it to the end and I hope you’ve found all the answers you were looking for.
As always, I’m open for discussion. Please leave your thoughts and opinions below and I’ll get back to you asap!