Mrs. O has done an amazing, (so amazing!) review and comparison of the Adidas Ultraboost vs.Nike Epic React, and the Adidas Deerupt Runner. I was really curious about the Adidas Deerupt runner. They caught my eye a few weeks ago when I purchased my Adidas Ultraboosts but they were a bit out there for me and I assumed they would look odd on. I am pleasantly surprised at how they look and definitely want to keep them on my ‘markdown watch list’. Mrs. O has a few other sneaker reviews to check out! Adidas NMD Primeknit, Adidas By Stella McCartney Ultraboost X Parley Shoes
I finally got a chance to try on the Nike Epic React. I also want to try on the Under Armour HOVR (but I suspect out of the three it will be number three). I went to Finish Line so I could do a side by side comparison. I purposely went to the store in my Brooks so I wouldn’t be influenced by wearing my UltraBoosts to the mall. I took a picture of the shelf displaying the colorways offered in the Nike Epic React. I was drawn to this color — Rust Pink/Hyper Crimson/Barely Rose/Rust Pink. They also had a beautiful soft pink that was a cross between porcelain and pearl pink — Pearl Pink/Barely Rose/Arctic Pink/Pearl Pink. These were my initial reactions: the heel cup in the insole was too low (I felt that my heel was lower than the ball of my feet), the toe box was narrow (Nikes are narrower than Adidas) and the length was shorter than other Nikes I have. I always wear one size up in sneakers because I like to have room in front of my toes. I wear a 10 in Adidas Ultraboost and all the other Nikes I have are 10s as well. The Epic React felt shorter. The store didn’t have a 10.5 so I tried on the 11. The 11 felt better to me than the 10s. But I think a 10.5 would be the best bet for me. I did not like the way they felt initially but the longer I had them on they felt better. Also, once I put in my custom orthotics, it felt even better and the heel cup didn’t bother me as much. There was less bounce and a little more side-to-side support. The shoe overall had a smaller profile. The tread on the sole did not have the type of sturdier tread you find on the UltraBoost. There was a different type of tread on the heel and forefoot. I think the soles of these shoes will wear out faster than UltraBoosts. So, for long distance runners, you will probably have to switch out pairs more often than UltraBoosts. These did not feel cushy like I was walking on clouds but they are comfortable. It really depends on preference. The Nikes are $30 less than Ultraboosts. These were $150 v. $180. But I tend to think the Nikes will go on sale faster and at a steeper discount. While writing this review, I went on the Nike website and found that this color is sold out in my size and the pink ones had my size. I may have to go back to the store to purchase this color. I was hoping to wait until the went on sale.
Instead of trying on the UltraBoost X, which I have many pairs of, I tried on the plain Ultraboost because the upper was the closest to the Nike Epic React. This Ultraboost is not a “sock” upper. I think all of you know I am partial to Ultraboost for everyday wear. The only thing I cannot wear them for is heavy lifting and balance exercises because they are not stable enough. But I love them for running and from going place to place or waiting around because they are so bouncy, have great cushion, light and the colorways are fantastic! Instantly, when you put them on, you feel comfortable and don’t think you have to “break” them in. I do not have a pair of non-UltraBoost X and I really like the profile of these shoes. I’m partial to this color and they look better in person. I also really like the color Cristina got because it would be so versatile. I stayed my size up (10) from my TTS (9 in dress shoes). Every time I think I should go half a size down, once I try them on, I like my size up better. The toe box is definitely wider than the Nike Epic React. I just noticed a Stella McCartney collaboration with a strap closure. I’m going to have to try those on. It looks like there might be more foot stability (side-to-side) because of the strap criss-crosses from side-to-side.