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 2017 Black And White Nike Shoes Men's Nike Free Trainer 5.0 Black/Volt Shoes Canada IZT0103773, 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 Cheap Priced Air Jordan 4 White Black-Cement Grey 308497-103, 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 Cheap Priced Nike Kobe 11 Volt Black Green Crimson,2017 Blue And Pink Nike Shoes Men's Nike Hypervenom Phantom Ii Fg White/Total Orange/Volt/Black Shoes Canada SFE2902287,Cheap Sale Jordan Melo M13 Soar Blue, 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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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.
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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 2017 Nike Air Black Shoes Men's Nike Free Rn Distance Volt/Persian Violet/Hyper Orange/Black Shoes Canada HNI0601881,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Saucony Running Shoes - Redeemer ISO - Silver/Green Item W1284,2017 Nike America Shoes Men's Nike Sb Eric Koston Huarache Black/Hot Lava/Gum Light Brown/Black Shoes Canada JXZ3402115,Womens Under Armour Training Shoes - Micro G Limitless TR - Steel/Black Item W1481,, 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 2017 Nike Black Trainers Men's Nike Magista Orden Leather Fg Light Bone/Black/Light Bone Shoes Canada NOC4202471,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Cheap Heyraud Elisabeth Sandals Pink For Women On Sale,2017 Nike Classic Men's Nike Vapor Untouchable Black/White/Ghost Green/Volt Shoes Canada FUL2601283,Converse All Star Hi Washed Metallic Hi Top Trainers Silver For Women Outlet UK,, partially down the Eastbank Esplanade and back on a damp day. It wasn't raining, but it had rained plenty earlier, and the path was slick and covered with fallen leaves.
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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 New Trendy Keds Triple Metallic Low Top Trainers Pink / Gold For Women,2017 Nike Lunar Men's Jordan Flightflex Black/White/Gym Red Shoes Canada BRK650399,Stylish Betty London Crapito Mid Boots Brown / Bronze For Women Sale Online, 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. Stylish Peter Kaiser Herna Heels Bordeaux For Women Outlet,2017 Nike Official Shoes Men's Nike Lunareclipse 4 Bomber Grey/Hyper Crimson/Peach Cream/ Shoes Canada QGU3801907,The Hottest Style Jonil Mid Boots Ocean For Women, 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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