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 Asics Gt-2000 4 Pink Glow/Soothing Sea/Indigo Blue B69b8277, 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 2018 Quality assurance - Puma Aril Graphic Men Lows Sneakers Peacoat-Little Boy Blue, 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 Nike Dunk High Top Aluminum Ice Blue White Shoes,Asics Gel-Resolution 6 Clay Court White/Silver S70x6676,Nike Dunk High Top SB Croc 2008 Dr Feel Good 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 New Balance 300 Deconstructed F98h1064, 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 2017 Black Womens Nikes Women's Nike Internationalist Wolf Grey/Pure Platinum/Cool Grey/Summit White Shoes Canada LUW7104341,New Balance Fresh Foam Zante O76c7570,2017 Gray Womens Nikes Men's Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 White/Blue Lagoon/Volt/Classic Charcoal Shoes Canada QHZ5403643,.
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 2017 Nike Com Sale Women's Nike Air Max 2016 Racer Blue/Chalk Blue/Blue Tint/Black Shoes Canada DRA8804028,New Balance 811 Trainer Q9p2493,2017 Nike Sale Women's Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Wolf Grey/Fuchsia Flash/Atomic Pink/Black Shoes Canada DPH4104214, 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 New Balance 501 Ballistic N68d4714,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, 2017 Nike Shoes Women's Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit Black/Hot Lava/Bright Mango/Hyper Turquoise Shoes Canada VZP8204206,New Balance SD400v3 Spike L20b6330,2017 Shoes Women Nike Men's Nikelab Lebron Xii Elite X Pigalle White/Pure Platinum Shoes Canada CTC1101094,, 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 SB Trainerendor Leather Black/White/Black W56y6564,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. 2017 Womens Black Nikes Women's Nike Lunar Ball-istec 1.5 White/Clearwater/Volt Shoes Canada IYY2604362,Nike Air Force 1 Midnight Navy/Midnight Navy/White S15f3846,adidas Originals Women's Shoes ZX 700 W - Trainers - chalk white/black/red,, 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.
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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 Sale Nike Flex Train 6 Printed Trainers Shoes Womens Grey/Silver 239581BA,Nike KD Trey 5 III Wolf Grey/University Red/Game Royal/Game Royal U35n9396,Nike Air Max Dynasty - Women 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. Advanced - NFL Authentic Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews #52 Reebok Women Jcheap authentic nfl jerseysnew nfl uniforms all teamsSale USA Online,Nike Jordan Rising High White/Wolf Grey/Infrared 23/Black H36s4526,The North Face Women Running Shoes ULTRA MT - Trail running shoes - melon redthe north face borealisthe north face nuptsecheapest price, 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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