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 Running Sale Men's Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Br Team Red/Bright Crimson/Black Shoes Canada CPF2903059, 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 Original Lebron James 12 Lion Heart Red White Crimson Black, 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 Real Cheap adidas EQT Support ADV Core Black Turbo Red BB1300,2017 Nike Shoes Canada Men's Nike Dual Fusion Ballistec Advantage Red Shoes Canada KFC3903619,Real Cheap Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Black Black 899473-003, 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 Wholesale Cheap Nike KD 9 China Red Gym Red Gold,2017 Nike Store Men's Nike Free Trainer 3.0 V4 Black/Volt/White Shoes Canada COW9703755,Hot Nike Air Max Ivo Trainers Shoes Mens Black/Red 251501SG, 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 2017 Nike Trainers For Sale Men's Nike Air Max Mercurial R9 White Shoes Canada AQK5503130,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, NZ Nike Downshifter VI Trainers Shoes Mens Triple Black 210522PO,2017 Nike Usa Shoes Men's Nike Air Max 90 Essential Black/Black/Black/Black Shoes Canada EVP9803038,Outlet Nike CP 2 Trainers Shoes Mens Black/Volt 361337AM,, 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 White Shoes Men's Nike Magista Opus Fg Turquoise Blue/Black/Turquoise Blue Shoes Canada PIJ5502469,.
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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 DC / CHINOOK 6 VINTAGE GREEN EDYAA03021-GZJ0,adidas Originals Men's Shoes SPEZIAL - Trainers - night flash/yellow,VANS / HOME TEAM FLEXFIT HEATHER GREY V003MXHTG, 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. VANS / OFF THE WALL BP TOFFEE VA2X2Y600,adidas Performance Men's Shoes F5 TF - Astro turf trainers - core white/rich blue/solar green,Nike Flex Fury 2 - Men Shoes, 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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