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 Men Asics Cross Colour Training Shoes Gel-190 Tr White Navy Silver, 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 Arc'teryx GoreTex Mid Liner Men's 69732, 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 Chaco Z/1 Classic Sandal Wide Men's 69986,Men Asics Running Shoes Colour Carbon Gel-Nimbus 17 Tiger White Black,Timberland West Haven Waterproof Oxford Shoe Men's 70122, 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 Adidas Superstar 80s Mesh Retro Men Basketball Shoes Run White/Blue PF85T,Ralph Lauren Men Shoes Rlshoes Breathable Shock Absorption,Air Jordan CP3.VII (Chris Paul) Men Basketball Shoes Game Royal/Varsity Maize-Black-White FX21I, 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 Ralph Lauren Polo Us Custom Ocean Challenge,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Force 1 Retro Men Basketball Shoes Sail/University Red-Gum Light Brown CO26J,Ralph Lauren Shoes Nyc Walker High-Top White Leather,Nike Max H.A.M. Low Men Basketball Shoes Stadium Grey/Bright Citrus-Sport Turquoise TL91A,, 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.
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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 Onitsuka Tiger California 78 Men Blue/Fiery Red WD99O,Adidas UK Shop - Adidas Springblade Solyce Shoes (Grey) for Men,Men Buy Classic Ralph Lauren Big Pony 2012 Olympic Black Sporty Polo, 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. Men Wholesale New Series Ralph Lauren Green Pullover Merino Sweaters,Adidas UK Shop - Adidas Messi 16.3 Indoor Shoes (Gold) for Men,Men Choose Cheap New Style New Balance 574 Blue Red Running Shoes, 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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