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 Buy 221005 Nike Lebron 11 Men Purple Silver Yellow 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 AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 31 Volt Ice/Volt/Antarctica/Black, 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 FREE TRAINER 5.0 Blue Graphite/Classic Charcoal/Black/Volt,Shopping 146731 Nike Lebron X Men Black Metallic Silver Total Orange Fireberry Shoes,NIKE ZOOM FIT AGILITY Pink Pow/Polar/Fireberry/Black, 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 Shopping 198482 Nike Shox R2 Men White Blue Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Messi 15.2 Fg Mens White/Prime Blue/Black Soccer Shoes V93396,Discount 231249 Nike Shox R2 Men White Red Shoes,Nike Air Max 95 Jacquard Mens University Red/Team Red/Light Crimson/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V82844,, 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 Authentic 160785 Nike Shox R4 Men White Blue 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 Women's Nike Air Max Siren Black/Fuchsia Flash/Sail/Hot Lava UK#N5-9289,Buy 195999 Nike Zoom Kobe VIi Men Black Shoes,Beck & Hersey Boys Forte Longline Hooded Top CP414, 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. Creative Recreation Junior Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP600,Buy 176080 Puma Drift Cat III Sf Men Black White Shoes,Creative Recreation Nursery Cesario Low XVI Patent Ripstop Trainer CP762, 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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