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 Originals Mens Shoes / Black Black Iron Metallic Shoes Adidas Originals Sl Loop Runner RR12U9991c 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 9823 Good-feeling Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Prm Men Red Black Shoes, 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 9319 Nice Nike Free 3.0 V2 Men Red Grey Shoes,Adidas Originals Mens Shoes / Black Black Carbon Shoes Adidas Originals Veritas Mid FU36Y5031m8993 Clearance Nike Air Max 90 Men Black Green Shoes, 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 Originals Los Angeles W Blue 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 6955 Popularity Nike Air Max 90 Men Gray Black White Red Shoes,Adidas Originals Los Angeles - Rust Red St Night Red & Core Black - AD660SH11EYY - Men's Sneakers6565 Clearance Nike Roshe Run Junior Men Gray Light Blue Shoes,.
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 6151 Good-feeling Nike Free 3.0 V2 Men Black Gold Shoes,Adidas Originals Learn-2-Walk Dragon children's athletic shoes Tropic Bloom / Legend Ink / White5597 Cheap Nike J3 + J4 Limited Men Black White Shoes, 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 Originals Hot LGBT Pride Pack Shoes adidas Originals Hot Pride Pack Shoes adidas Originals Hot Pack pride LOQUEVA Store Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, 5139 Good-feeling Nike Free 5.0 The New Men Red Orange Shoes,Adidas Originals Gazelle W White4661 Inexpensive Nike Air Max 90 Men Sky Blue White Shoes,, 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 Originals Gazelle Cutout W White.
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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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