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adidas introducing its biggest multi-sport footwear collection

Incorporating some of adidas' best performance innovations.

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Runner’s World in Partnership with adidas

  • Weight 340g (M) 297g (W)
  • Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 10mm
  • Type: road
  • Price: $270

Paying homage to the unwavering resilience demonstrated by fans, teams and athletes, adidas has introduced its biggest multi-sport footwear collection to date. The collection features 85 footwear pieces covering 17 disciplines from athletics, to weight-lifting, to skating.

Each piece of adidas’s most iconic footwear innovations are unified by solar red details that nod to the brand’s longstanding heritage. The bold colourway acts as a means to connect athletes of today with legends of the past. In the words of Liz Callow, Lead Designer at adidas Global: 

“With a single footwear collection, we wanted to bring to life this notion and play with a sense of a fresh beginning, whilst also celebrating the past. United by red detailing, a colour that as a brand we traditionally use to signify the best of our performance innovations.”

With the return of ‘normal’ life at the forefront, the collection mirrors the renewed significance of sports as athletes and fans are united as one again. Liz continues:

“We hope to demonstrate that community matters more than ever before… Regardless of who takes home the wins or the records, the real winners are athletes and fans who can once again come together to enjoy the sport.”

The adidas Ultraboost 21

adidas Ultraboost 21

The assortment of footwear displays the very best of adidas performance technologies including the latest rendition of the iconic Ultra Boost – The Ultra Boost 21. 

More bounce per gram

For long, slow runs the adidas Ultraboost 21 will be a reliable partner kilometre after kilometre.

Adidas has added 6% more of their fabled Boost midsole foam to give extra bounce with testers saying the shoe certainly feels extremely cushioned, and shock absorption was excellent. Even heavier runners, who normally get on better with a firmer shoe, enjoyed the experience.

There’s a plastic insert underneath the midsole called LEP (Linear Energy Push) designed to give 15% more torsional rigidity – essentially to provide a stiffer ride and help you pick up the pace when needed.

Green is the way forward

A very encouraging aspect of the shoe is the positive remarks about the construction of the Primeknit upper, which is made from recycled ocean plastic as part of its long-standing partnership with Parley ocean plastics. Several testers who had not tried a shoe with any significant eco-credentials previously remarked that they had had some trepidation about trying it, assuming this would somehow feel scratchy, hot, or display some other technical failure as the downside of being environmentally friendly. No such experiences were had and the upper did its job extremely well (although narrow footed runners may find the overall shape just a tad wide for them). The important point here is that brands will be encouraged to continue exploring planet-friendly methods of production of they’re not getting pushback from consumers. As things stand currently we think that, while runners will be more than happy to look at greener footwear and apparel options – they’ll only do so if it does not compromise their experience in any way.  

Conclusion

For the majority, this is a thoroughly traditional (modern looking) long run shoe with oodles of bounce and comfort.

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