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 Hypervenom 2 Fs Shoes Mens Blue White Navy Blue N42488, 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 2015 Hot Nike Air Max 87 Thea Flyknit Mens Shoes Online Outlet Running Shoes Navy Blue Grass Green, 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 2015 Latest Nike Roshe Run Frgmt 3 Fragment Design Retro Mesh Gauze Shoes Online First Mens Deep Blue White,Nike Hurley Phantom Free Elite Flip Flops Mens Light Turquoise N66979,2015 New Air Jordan 6 VI Retro Mens Shoes White Black Red, 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 2015 Nike Zoom Kobe X 10 Premium AS iD Customize It Mens Basketball Shoes Red Black Kobe Bryant Silk Road Sneakers Online Store,Nike Jordan Eclipse Shoes Mens Green Green White Black N54173,2016 Air Jordan 4 IV Retro"Black Silver Python"Mens Sneakers Hot Sale Basketball 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 Nike Jordan Air Deluxe 2 Shoes Mens Dark Grey Grey White N47166,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, 2016 Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 Print Sneakers Dark Blue/Red Mens Running Shoes 805941-008,Nike Jordan Hydro 5 Slippers Mens Black Grey White N23275,2016 Nike Lunar Force 1 Low Mens Shoes Beige Blue 654256-401 Online Cheap Sale,, 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 Nike Jordan New School Shoes Mens White Grey Black N94232,.
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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 Buy Cheap Nike Kobe 9 High 2015 Master Black White Mens Shoes,Nike Roshe One Premium Plus Shoes Mens White Black N89935,Buy Cheap Nike Lebron 12 2015 Red Blue Black Mens Shoes, 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. Cheap Nike Kyrie 1 2015 Black White Basketball Shoes Sale,Nike Roshe One Print Shoes Mens White Dark Grey Grey Black N93337,Cheap Sale Air Jordan 1 I Leopard Mens shoes High Cut Fur Inside For Winter Outlet Black Yellow, 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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