A Look Back At The Game of Thrones Ultra Boost: A Stylish Tribute to a Groundbreaking Series
- by Nick Demaria
- Release date: March 22, 2020
What better way to represent your favorite House than with your choice of footwear? Adidas released six limited-edition Ultra Boost shoe styles ahead of the final season of HBO’s popular fantasy series Game of Thrones and, while that season may have been a disappointment, these sneakers are definitely not. With two designs for women (House Lannister and House Targaryen) and four unisex styles (Night’s Watch, White Walker, House Stark, and a dragon-inspired Targaryen style), wearers can establish their loyalty to their House of choice.
In terms of performance, these shoes delivered everything a wearer could hope for. Featuring Boost technology, the Ultra Boost line has set the standard in the industry for comfort and support in the midsole. The shoes continue their incredible performance with a lightweight upper featuring motion weave to add both control and flexibility. The heel frame offers adaptability and support at launch and at landing, making Ultra Boost one of the most responsive lines on the market.
Overall, the Game of Thrones Ultra Boost shoes are pretty subtle about their inspiration except at the heel tab, where referential elements emerge in the form of “House Mottos,” like House Targaryen’s “Fire and Blood,” House Lannister’s “Hear Me Roar,” and House Stark’s iconic “Winter is Coming.” Other text beneath the tongue and on the aglets refer to other elements within the show and the book series upon which it is based, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Ultimately, this collaboration between Adidas and HBO is a triumph, as runners love the functionality the shoes offer while fans of Game of Thrones will love the colorways and nods to the show that are incorporated into the design. Each variation of the Game of Thrones connection is perfect for a fashion statement or a workout at any hour of the day or night. Regardless of your feelings on the show’s final season, fans can agree that this shoe collection paid proper tribute to one of the most successful fantasy shows of all time.