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 Nike Jordan Womens Shoes Men's Kyrie 2 Black/Silver Shoes Canada ZMQ060765, 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 MY09520 Laser X Double Pack, 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 PENNY BROGUE Grey KI6TGP Vivienne Westwood,2017 Nike Shoes Shop Women's Nike Air Max 2016 Pink Blast/Laser Orange/White/Black Shoes Canada LWK6804027,REISS - Wangle puppytooth-patterned slim-fit wool-blend trousers Soft blue HAJFHZ, 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.
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 Great 2014 Hyperdunks USA Away University Obsidian White Red,Converse Women's Shoes CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR OX DAINTY LEATHER - Trainers - white,Kobe 9 Low EM PP certificate Philippines Black Hot Gold new White, 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 ecco Women's Shoes TERRA CRUISE - Hiking shoes - black,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Lebron 13 XIII Canada Finals Away Black Metallic Gold,New Balance Women's Shoes UL410 - Trainers - navy,Nike Air Max 2015 Shoes Blue Navy sale Navy sale Silver Royal,, 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 Cheap Casual Attitude Ilaku Derby Shoes Blue / Marine / Brown For Men On Sale,.
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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 2017 Light Blue Nike Sneakers Men's Nikecourt Tennis Classic X Colette White/Sport Royal Shoes Canada WHN1003560,The Most Popular Asics Gel-Lyte Iii Low Top Trainers Blue For Men Sale Online,2017 Nike Air Zoom Men's Nike Roshe One Knit Jacquard Hyper Red/Hot Lava/White/Hyper Red Shoes Canada ONB8603464, 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. 2017 Nike Com Shoes Online Men's Nike Sfb Field 8" British Khaki/British Khaki Shoes Canada AXL290626,Arcopedico Ellery,2017 Nike Footwear Online Men's Nike Zoom Kobe Icon Red Shoes Canada ADL2303551, 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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