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 Discount 165213 Nike Shox R5 Men White Black 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 Nike Free 5.0 2015 Boys Preschool Dark Grey/Black/Wolf Grey/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V49924, 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 Air Max 2016 Boys Grade School Wolf Grey/University Red/Black Running Shoes V99113,Buy 178637 Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Low Men Blue Grey Shoes,Nike Air Max Thea Girls Grade School University Red/White/Black Running Shoes V83162, 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 Inexpensive 156055 Nike Zoom Kobe Kb 24 Men Black Purple Shoes, 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 Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Mens Racer Blue/Total Crimson/Volt/Black Running Shoes V71430,Shopping 185055 Onitsuka Tiger By Asics Mexico 66 Men Yellow White Blue Shoes,Nike Zoom Wildhorse 3 Mens Anthracite/Racer Blue/Laser Orange/Total Crimson Running Shoes V11081,.
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 Inexpensive 171772 Adidas Originals Unisex Light Scarlet White Blue Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max 2016 Womens Racer Blue/Chalk Blue/Blue Tint/Black Running Shoes V70838,Buy 193143 New Balance Classics U420 Unisex Blue White Brown Shoes,Nike Free Rn Womens Laser Orange/Pink Blast/Total Orange/Black Running Shoes V60762,, 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 Shopping 146530 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Red Black 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 Rose London Javier Sleeveless Hooded Top CP1149,Discount 231977 Nike Air Force 1 Women Black White Shoes,Brave Soul Borwell Premium Bomber Jacket CP1278, 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. Native Youth Ripstop Padded Tech Parka Jacket CP1460,Discount 228904 Nike Air Force 1 Women White Cherry Shoes,Henri Lloyd Garey Roll Neck Knit CP1814, 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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