So, a couple of months after their release I finally pulled the trigger on the Adidas Iniki Runner and all I can say is why didn’t I buy these earlier…
Let’s get the basics covered, the Iniki is a mid-priced (£90/$120) casual trainer from Adidas the has 70’s styling, a full-length Boost sole similar to the NMD and a synthetic upper that surprisingly isn’t primeknit like most Adidas trainers out now.
The upper is a two-way stretch mesh that has almost no structural rigidity and is extremely comfortable on foot, it doesn’t feel like it would be the most durable of materials for an upper so Adidas have teamed it with suede overlays on the toe box, eyestay & heel counter which is a really nice touch and adds durability.
The fit of the Iniki is ridiculously comfortable, not on the same level as the Ultra Boost 1.0 but you have to remember this is a sub £100 trainer and around £40 cheaper than the Ultra Boost so when you weigh it up like that it does make a strong argument for the Iniki being the best pound for pound Adidas Boost trainer out right now.
I went with a size UK8 for my pair, which is the same size I wear in NMD’s and a half size smaller than my Ultra Boost’s & 350 V1. I like my shoes to have a tight, but not uncomfortable fit and these are spot on, the upper is really flexible and has plenty of give.
My biggest surprise was the tongue, it’s actually one piece construction and connected internally to either side of the trainer, which makes it a little trickier to get on (not by much though) but it does mean that the tongue will stay straight all the time, definitely worth it for that alone.
My only criticism of the Iniki is the heel, whilst it fits really well on foot you’ll notice when wearing them they look like there collapsing and crease inwards quite a lot.
Definitely seems like it’s only cosmetic and doesn’t have any effect on how they feel, and it may just be me but they look a little weird in the heel on foot.
Overall I’m really impressed with the Iniki and highly recommend them, as mentioned above for sizing I would either go TTS or down half a size for a more snug fit.
Adidas Iniki homepage
My pair is actually a women’s pair, in the UK men’s & women’s sizing is universal