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 Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Mens Blue Lagoon/Glacier Ice/Volt/Black Running Shoes V39849, 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 Womens Shoes ECCO Sport Biom Grip Lite Maryjane Silver Grey/Burgundy Starship Yak/Decoration, 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 Womens Shoes GUESS Anny White Leather,Nike Zoom Vomero 11 Mens Anthracite/White/Black/Opti Yellow Running Shoes V11250,Womens Boots Naturalizer Jakes Wide Shaft Boot Black Wide Shaft Smooth, 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 Nike Air Max Siren Womens Black/Anthracite Running Shoes V13171, 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 Womens Shoes Nike Flex 2015 RN Anthracite/Fuchsia Glow/Vivid Purple/White,Nike Air Max Thea Womens Light Retro/Artisan Teal Running Shoes V61612,Womens Shoes Nike Zoom Fly 2 Cool Grey/Lucid Green/Voltage Green,.
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 Womens Sandals PATRIZIA Norah Black,Nike Free 5.0 2014 Womens Anthracite/Hyper Pink/Black Running Shoes V10996,Womens Shoes PUMA Ignite PWRWarm Italian Plum, 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 Nike Roshe One Womens Bright Crimson/Bright Crimson/White Running Shoes V41798,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Shoes Reebok Royal EC Ride Light Pink/Smoky Violet/Celestial Orchid/White,Men's Nike Hypervenomx Finale TF Wolf Grey/White/Total Orange UK#N5-9287,Womens Shoes Rocket Dog Teak Black Time Travel,, 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 Men's Nike SB Eric Koston 2 LR Wolf Grey/Summit White/Summit White/Photo Blue UK#N5-8766,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Womens Sandals Sam Edelman Daphnie Jute/Buff Nude,Women's Nike Air Vapor Ace White/Light Bone/Pure Platinum/Pure Platinum UK#N5-9265,Womens Shoes Sam Edelman Laura Black Crepe,, 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.
And I just completely disappeared into my run Womens Shoes Superga 2311 Linu Light Grey,Men's Nike The Overplay VIII Black/Antracite/Silver/Metallic Silver UK#N5-9627,Womens Boots UGG Classic Short Sparkles Black,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Womens Boots UGG Wilowe Chestnut Leather,adidas Originals Infant Superstar Foundation Trainer CP460,Womens Boots UGG Abree Short Aubergine, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Womens Boots Vaneli Laban Black Suede/Mtch Zipper,Creative Recreation Junior Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP605,Womens Sandals Vaneli Paulie Silver Metallic/White Nappa, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.
Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Womens Shoes Vaneli Armon Tmoro Nappa/Brown Cheppa Print/Tmoro Elastic,Timberland Junior Earthkeepers 2.0 6 Inch Boot CP690,Unisex Shoes Vans LPE (T&L) Patriot Blue/Gum, 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. Hurley Phantom Clark Little Clearwater,Hype Skinny Bleach Jean CP858,Nike Thermal Half-Zip 2.0, 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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