Whether you’re a seasoned runner or you’re seeing the weather getting better and thinking of getting involved, finding the right pair of running shoes is a task not to be underestimated. With so many pairs on the market, you’d think it’d be easy but actually it’s this abundance that makes it so difficult. There’s a lot to consider, from budget and style to your personal running gait, but one easy starting point is how you’ll be using the shoes.

adidas running shoes are made for all different reasons, so while throwing a pair of Ultraboosts into your basket & checking out will definitely work, it’s worth thinking more carefully about the specifics. Narrowing down your goal is the easiest way to do this, and we’ve split a selection of adidas running shoes into different categories to help.

Maybe you’re training for a 100m PB, in which case you’ll be looking for super lightweight shoes with breathable uppers for racing. On the flip side, those heading into the wilderness need a much more sturdy build. If you’re none of the above, opt for a trusty daily runner.

Discover the different categories of adidas running shoes below.

Racing & Speed

One of the defining features of adidas running shoes made for racing and speed is the Lightstrike cushioning to the midsole. Both the Boston 10 and Adios Pro 2.0 below feature this lightweight cushioning because of its top-of-the-range energy return.

While the Boston 10 features a more substantial upper that combines textile and breathable polyester, the Adios Pro 2.0 is created for all-out lightness. The semi-sheer uppers of the Adios Pro 2.0 are what make it a star when it comes to spring and summer training.

Adizero Boston 10M

Adizero Boston 10M

$140

adidas

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Adizero Adios Pro 2.0 Shoes

Adizero Adios Pro 2.0 Shoes

$220

adidas

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Daily Running

For most, a running routine isn't set on specialist training. If your version of going for a run means a quick stretch and starting from your front door rather than a trip to the track or the woods, then these daily runners are for you.

The Ultraboost 22 perfectly distills everything we look for in a daily runner. It's definitely the most performance-driven silhouette in the Ultraboost family yet but it still has that lifestyle feel. The Supernova M is a great budget option that sacrifices a full Boost sole unit for a carefully positioned Boost section to the heel.

Ultraboost 22 Shoes

Ultraboost 22 Shoes

$190

adidas

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Supernova M

Supernova M

$70

adidas

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Trail Running

Trail running silhouettes have hit the big time recently but mostly within the lifestyle segment. These specialist silhouettes were never designed for city wear, though.

Take the Ultraboost 21 Cold.RDY, for example, which upgrades the lightweight running silhouette of the Ultraboost with a rugged outsole and insulated upper. That makes this pair ideal for the unpredictability of spring weather.

As for the Terrex Agravic Pro, this is the 4x4 of trail running shoes. The BOA lacing system keeps you held in place no matter what the terrain, working in combination with the Continental outsole. But, featuring a Lightstrike midsole, you still get the comfort and bounce of a road runner.

Ultraboost 21 Cold.RDY Shoes

Ultraboost 21 Cold.RDY Shoes

$190

adidas

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Terrex Agravic Pro Trail Running Shoes

Terrex Agravic Pro Trail Running Shoes

$220

adidas

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Workout

adidas running shoes are some of the most versatile on the market. It means that copping one pair of the right trainers can see you through every aspect of your workout routine. We've been hitting the gym in the adidas Fluidflow 2.0 lately which provides a super-breathable base that more than holds up on runs, too

Talk about technology on technology, the adidas Ultraboost Web DNA puts a spin on the iconic Boost midsole with a webbed structure that looks to offer even more energy return. Polish it off with a Primeknit upper and you've got an all-around star.

Fluidflow 2.0 Shoes

Fluidflow 2.0 Shoes

$80

adidas

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Ultraboost Web DNA Shoes

Ultraboost Web DNA Shoes

$190

adidas

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Sportswear/Lifestyle

What would have been classed as a highly technical running shoe a couple of years ago is just seen as a lifestyle option nowadays. That's thanks in no small part to adidas running shoes blazing a trail with silhouettes like the Ultraboost. Below, two pairs of Ultraboosts prove that throughout all of its evolutions, it's remained at the forefront of sneaker tech.

Ultraboost 4.0 DNA Shoes

Ultraboost 4.0 DNA Shoes

$190

adidas

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Ultraboost 1.0 DNA Shoes

Ultraboost 1.0 DNA Shoes

$190

adidas

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