Adidas' Ultra Boost is one of the best sneakers on the market.
Since Kanye West's performed in an entirely white pair of the sneakers at the Billboard Music Awards back in 2015, the Ultra Boost has blurred the line between fashion and performance sneaker more than few others. It's understated silhouette, simple colorways and woven Primeknit upper makes it the most stylish performance running sneaker made in recent memory (especially when worn with track pants). Most importantly, of the dozens of pairs of shoes I've worn in the past couple years, the Ultra Boost is decidedly the most comfortable. The full length Boost foam-lined sole kinda looks like you're walking on styrofoam. It feels like you're walking on memory foam.
But the original low top iteration of the Adidas Running Energy Boost 3 Shoes Core Black Y62u28 retails at a hefty $180, in the upper price echelons of performance running shoes and certainly closer to luxury sneaker pricing than casual. Now, how would you feel if you added on an ankle sock and $40 to the price tag?
Well, Adidas did just that with the Men's Florsheim Rockit Chukka Boot Black Boots (Black) - FZ973K9, released back in September of this year. Billed as a fall and winter weather-variant of the Ultra Boost, the ATR sports an ankle-height sock for increased stability and splash protection, plus a deeper-grooved rubber outsole for better traction while running in wet weather. The original's plastic lace cage is replaced with Primeknit fabric, plus a smaller box that sits atop the shoe. Finally, the ATR comes in darker colorways Men's Giorgio Brutini 15548 Black Boots (Black) - CK239X69I,Adidas Neo Cloudfoam Pure Mary Jane Shoes Core Black / Solid Grey C19v35Men's Globe Castro Black/Grey Tweed Slippers (Black/Charcoal) -, as to not show winter muck after a damp run. Adidas sent me a pair to review, so I took them not only to the damp streets of Portland, but to the streets of New York.
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The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's Adidas Neo Sunlina Jacquard Shoes Flash Orange L57m69 for rare pairs!). The ATR keeps the original's subdued aesthetics, but the midtop construction adds a new design element which I think makes the sneaker well-suited for styling with jeans as well as athleticwear UK Outlet Hurley Phantom Solid 5 "Beachrider Bathing Suit for Women,Adidas Originals Stan Smith Shoes Running White Ftw R28p25UK Outlet Dri-FIT rematch Hurley Racer for Women,.
As for the on-foot feel, the ATR is comfortable, but not quite as comfortable as the original Ultra Boost. Though the ATR's tougher sole provides better traction than the original it leads to an on-foot feeling that isn't quite as heavenly.
Further, the shoe feels slightly tighter-fitting and more socklike than the original. The ankle sock doesn't overheat the foot, but when tied tight, the tops of my feet develop a pinchy feeling after a few hours that doesn't UK Outlet Nike Miler top of dry short sleeve Running for Women,Adidas Baseball Speed Trainer 2.0 Shoes Core Black / Carbon Metallic / Running White G91l38UK Outlet Nike Golf Akamai for Women, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.
As far as long-term wear goes, I took my ATRs to the streets of New York on a recent trip to test them out. They held up nicely during what I'd consider an everyday amount of activity (~2-3 miles of walking broken up with extended sitting breaks), my feet not getting particularly sore despite a long stroll through Adidas Running Supernova Glide 8 Shoes MULTI X98n86. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, UK Outlet Nike Classic Cortez cherry blossom for Women,Adidas Running Supernova Sequence Boost 8 Shoes Core Black C29v21UK Outlet Nike Dual Fusion 2 Running Shoes X for Women,, my dogs were certainly barkin' when I returned home. Though I don't consider those days representative of normal use, the ATR, despite above-average comfort, is not a miracle worker.
Now, what about actually running in my running shoes? I'm not a hardcore or regular runner: My cardiovascular health is slightly above average at best, but I can put away 5 kilometers without trouble, and I did just that on the treadmill and on Portland's waterfront.
On the treadmill, the ATR provided a solid, comfortable ride. Perhaps it is because running on a treadmill is excruciatingly boring, but I found myself paying more attention to my body during this run, and I noted that the ankle sock kept my feet feeling more secured than with my normal low top running shoe Adidas Running Ultra Boost Shoes Night Navy / Dark Navy M72t86.
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Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Nike Free 5.0 V2 Flyknit Women's Shoe Pink/Aqua No.2773,Adidas Graphic Tees Never Follow Tee Multi L13u62Nike Free Olympics V2 Women's Shoe Dark Blue/Grey/Aqua No.1894, nabs you a stylish, high-performing variant on a cool sneaker that'll help you push through Portland's blusteriest winter days. Yet, if you aren't committed to winter running, $220 is a high price to pay for a sneaker that mostly just looks cool. Scarpa Women's Ranger 2 GTX Activ Lite Walking Boots No.1676,Adidas Graphic Tees Fc Dallas Tourist Tee Red I94t32Nike Kyrie 2 Blue/White for Women/Boys, As someone who gets my cardio in elsewhere, I wouldn't personally spend the $220 on a performance shoe which I am not using for its intended purpose.
Then again, I will be taking my next few runs to the streets in my ATRs as long as it isn't raining sideways.
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