Adidas Releases UltraBOOST a Laceless Running Shoe
Today marks a landmark occasion for adidas which, with the launch of its first-ever laceless performance running silhouette, continues to challenge convention and once again sets new boundaries.
Inspired by running culture, and quickly becoming one of the most iconic and celebrated footwear silhouettes of the last decade, with the integration of a laceless silhouette the UltraBOOST is reimagined for pinnacle performance. Innovations and advances in Primeknit construction and yarn engineering have made laceless running a reality. Combined with an energy-returning BOOST sole – which we are hearing rave reviews about- urban running creators need not feel tied down or restrained.
The integration of form and function defines the UltraBOOST Laceless and serves to simplify and refine the central elements of the silhouette. Adidas used the insights of Aramis, a motion tracking technology that enables a detailed analysis of the movement of the body, to integrate key support and functionality features constructing a minimalistic and stylish upper that contours the foot, leaving the wearer feeling unstrained, unlaced and free to create.
“In removing laces, such a fundamental component of the silhouette, refinement of the remaining core elements was paramount. We reimagined the Primeknit architecture, making it more supportive and compressive to enable runners to feel released and empowered to achieve their full potential. What we have created is the most intuitive UltraBOOST yet and a new chapter in the history of our family.” Stephan Schneider, Senior Product Manager, adidas Running.
Primeknit, one of adidas’ most famous innovations is central to the design of the UltraBOOST Laceless, and has been through advanced testing and modification to ensure runners are super-dynamic and free to move, but also supported and stable to achieve peak performance. To create a snug, compressive feel, four innovations are key. First and second are the new sock-like fit and collar construction design which delivers a seamless fit and allows the foot to move in harmony with the upper, as one single unit. Third is the reduced amount of stretch in the knitted upper whilst, finally, a forged Primeknit band is integrated around the midfoot to provide support and lockdown, with expansion zones in the forefoot identified by Aramis. These features combine to contour the foot in a supple, supportive and lightweight construction for a smooth and highly responsive ride.
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