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 2 Grey Blue Womens Shoes, 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 Asics Tarther 30Th Blue Mens 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 Asics Gel Lyte III Blue Beige Mens Shoes,Nike Air Force Cheap Women Blu,Asics 33 Yellow Black Mens 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.
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 Dunk Sb Bianche Nere Women, 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 Bow Decor Comfortable Flat Shoes - Black - 38,Nike Tacchi Blu Nere Women,Fashionable Bowknot Sweet Drag Female Shoes - Black - 38,.
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 Lace Up Zipper Studded Boots - Black - 38,College Small Leather Flat Women's Shoes - Dark Forest Green - 39,Outdoor Removable Fuzzy Ball Embellished Flanging Knit Beanie - Black, 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 Stylish Colour Matching and Lace-Up Design Athletic Shoes For Women - White - 37,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Slip On Breathable Sheer Sneakers - Black - 38,New Asics Mens Womens Patriot 6 / Patriot 7 Neutral Running Shoes Trainers,Tie Up Floral Printed Sandals - Brown - 37,, 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 Air Huarache Premium Shoes Womens Metallic Navy Black Blue N68193,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. AUTHENTIC Adidas Spezial Black Blue,Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Essential Shoes Womens Red Light Mango Light Silver Red N79964,PROVIDE Nike Roshe Run Print Blue,, 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 FASHION Nike Air Force 1 Black,Nike Dunk Sky Hi Sneakerboot Womens Dark Dark Grey Red N50814,FASHION Vans Classic Slip On brazil/parrot,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, POPULARITY Converse All Star Leather Black,Nike Juvenate Shoes Womens Dark Red Light Red N50463,RELIABLE Adidas Originals ZX Flux Woven Trainers in Black Grey Running Shoes, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.PROVIDE Nike Internationalist Gray Blue,Nike Sb Air Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite Skateboarding Shoes Womens White Black White N91884,RETAIL STORE Converse All Star Hi W Black White, 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 FASHION Adidas Originals Gazelle OG Trainers in Dark Indigo Casual Shoes,Adidas Training Vibe Energy Boost Shoes Solar Red For Women,GET Nike Air Max 1 W White Gray Red, 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. RETAIL STORE Nike Air Max 1 W Black violet,Adidas Running Climaheat Rocket Boost Shoes Night Grey For Women,ASICS GEL GT-1000 4-White/Onyx/Yellow-men's US SZ 11.5M. Z6-145, 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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