The main difference between the Adidas Pure Boost and Ultra Boost sneakers is the quality of the sneakers. The Adidas Ultra Boost is a premium version of the Pure Boost sneakers. From responsiveness to stability and support, the Ultra Boost beats the Pure Boost in every way.
It seems like Ultra Boosts are always popping up on sneaker blogs because they are such a commonly worn sneaker among sneakerheads.
The reason behind this is simple: The Ultra Boost was produced later than the Pure Boost with better technology and higher-quality materials. However, these higher-quality materials come with a higher price tag for the Ultra Boost.
There are 5 main differences between the Pure Boost and Ultra Boost:
- Stability and support
- Updated technology
- Fit and feel
Stability and support of Ultra Boost and Pure Boost
When it comes to the stability and support of the Ultra Boost and Pure Boost sneakers, the Ultra Boost easily takes the cake. The main difference is how each sneaker supports your foot.
The Pure Boost flaunts a sturdy heel counter for the majority of its support. While this technology is advanced and works well, the Ultra Boost sneaker utilizes a Torsion System technology that is more efficient than just a rigid heel on a shoe. This torsion technology is located on the bottom of every pair of Ultra Boosts. It’s a plastic plate tucked away underneath the Boost material in the midsole.
This Torsion System promotes both support and stability by helping to evenly distribute the weight of the foot on the sneaker. Both the Ultra Boost and Pure Boost sneakers feature mesh uppers that are comparable when it comes to keeping your foot in place.
The high-end midsole technology in the Ultra Boost is what gives it the major edge for stability and support.
Updated technology of Ultra Boost and Pure Boost
Both the Ultra Boost and Pure Boost feature Adidas’ patented Boost technology, hence their names. The midsoles of both of these sneakers are almost completely made from Boost technology.
For this reason, the sneakers are extremely similar when it comes to the comfort technology that goes into the Boost of the shoes. However, the Torsion System of the Ultra Boost gives it the edge in technology overall.
Also, the most recent Ultra Boost 21 sneakers include significantly more Boost material in the midsole than the Pure Boost sneaker.
Fit and feel of Ultra Boost and Pure Boost
Both the Ultra Boost and Pure Boost sneakers are extremely comfortable, but due to its better stability, additional Boost foam, and higher quality knit materials, the Ultra Boost is the winner here. Both are some of the best sneakers for flat feet that you can buy.
The good thing about the feel of both sneakers is they are so comfortable, you won’t notice much of a difference. The Torsion System of the Ultra Boost sneaker gives the shoe a different feel compared to the stiff heel area of the Pure Boost sneaker. Other than that, there really isn’t much of a noticeable change in comfort for these two sneakers.
For the feel of the sneakers, both run a tad bit tight but not tight enough to need a smaller shoe size. Adidas designed both sneakers this way to achieve a snug fit for your foot. It’s almost like both sneakers are aiming to be a sock with a comfy Boost sole attached to it.
Responsiveness of Ultra Boost and Pure Boost
Both the Adidas Ultra Boost and Pure Boost sneakers are extremely responsive. They were created to function as both a leisure shoe and running sneaker. The Boost material in the insole of both sneakers does a great job at absorbing the impact of the ground and supporting the foot at the same time.
In general, Boost isn’t a squishy material like Nike’s basketball shoes or their React sneakers. Since it doesn’t give as under pressure, it does a good job at both providing foot support and absorbing shock. It’s what makes the shoe extremely responsive.
However, if you’re someone who runs a lot and wants to compete in a race then we do not suggest for you to wear either of these sneakers. While both are better to run in than a shoe like Nike’s Air Max 95, they don’t compare to some other running brands like Brooks and Asics when it comes to responsiveness and durability.
Price of Ultra Boost and Pure Boost
The price of the Adidas Ultra Boost and Pure Boost are what make or break the sneakers for most buyers. Retail price for the Ultra Boost sits around the $180 mark. Compare this to the lower retail price of $110 for the Pure Boost. It makes deciding which one to buy difficult.
Additionally, both sneakers often go on sale but a new pair of Ultra Boosts isn’t likely to dip below $100 even on clearance. But the Pure Boost sneaker is known to pop up at outlet stores like Marshall’s for $30 or $40 in several colorways.
It’s the pricing of these sneakers that makes them competitive. Pure Boosts are more readily available to a wider audience of users. It’s because they are cheaper and can be found commonly both online and in-store.
Ultra Boosts are widely available but the retail value costs at least $100 no matter where you get them at. They are too expensive of an Adidas shoe to customize at that price.
The winner between the Ultra Boost and Pure Boost
While both the Ultra Boost and Pure Boost sneakers are great shoes, the Ultra Boost takes the cake for its premium materials, fit, stability and quality. Of course, all of these premium features come at a higher price tag. But as far as comfort goes, bot sneakers are way more comfortable than competitors like Nike Roshe Runs.
Basically, if you have the money to spend then the Ultra Boosts will be the better option between the two because you’ll get a more comfortable sneaker. The materials will be high-quality and the shoe will last longer. If you don’t have much money to spend but want a good quality sneaker, consider the Pure Boost.
Besides the price of the sneaker, the Pure Boost simply can’t keep up with the Ultra Boost sneaker. It is not for that purpose. It’s a cheaper version of the Ultra Boost more people can get their hands on. It’s because it doesn’t offer as many features. The white colorway of the Ultra Boosts made our list for the best white sneakers for men.