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 STELLASPORT Yvori Women's Training Shoes Pink, 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 Best Quality Mlb Online Shopping Men Toronto Blue Jays Customized Jersey Abrasion Resistant White Famous Brand, 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 Bcbgmaxazria Off White Combo Alena Printed Maxi XHA365840,Adidas Pure Boost X Women Mineral Blue/Halo Pink Running Shoes,Balance 883 Men White / Navy-Clay Grey, 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 9467 Discount Nike Air Max 90 Women Red Wine Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Anti-cold Nike Air Presto 2 Kicks of the Day Nike Air Presto Black White Complex nike air presto NIKE OpenShift 2018 Nike Shop Online Nike Clearance Outlet,8243 Best Nike Roshe Run Yeezy Women Pink Punch Shoes,Anti-cold Air Jordan 3 Jordan Retro 5 Cement Jordan Retro 5 Cement Deals Air Jordan Retro 3 Black Cement Real Cheap Jordan Shoes Jordan Retro 6 Air Jordan 6 On Sales 80 Off In Jordan,, 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 7024 Inexpensive Nike Air Max 90 Women Camo Red Purple Shoes,.
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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 Air Jordan 7 New Arriavl Black Grey Red Purple Basketball Shoes,2018 New Balance 996 Women New Balance 996 seaBlue White Golden Mens Fashion NEW BALANCE 996 Series Casual Lifestyle Made in,Air Jordan 4 Retro Green Nike Iv Mens Shoes Camo, 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. Air Jordan 3 Retro Black/Gray Shoes Hot Sale,2018 Adidas ZX 850 Adidas ZX 750 Flyknit Cheap Womens Shoes Blue Green ADIDAS ZX 5000 Sneaker afew zx 7000 eBay Adidas Originals ZX 750,Air Jordan 13 Retro Mens White/Black-Varsity Red For Sale Online, 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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