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 189110 Nike Roshe Run Men Black Gray Brilliant Blue 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 NikeLab Gyakusou Zoom Streak 6 Unisex Racing Shoe 875850-400, 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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Max 90 Premium 443817-007,Inexpensive 218467 Nike Shox Nz Men White Blue Shoes,Women's Shoe Nike Free TR 6 Print 833424-002, 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 Messi 15.3 Tf Mens Black/Solar Green/Solar Red Soccer Shoes V28114,Buy 228158 Nike Shox Rivalry Men Black Pink Shoes,Nike Air Max Ltd Mens White/Black/Neutral Grey Running Shoes V88305, 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 Comfortable 162760 Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Men Yellow Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Flyknit Racer Mens Black/Hyper Orange/Vivid Purple Running Shoes V20697,Shopping 238637 Nike Zoom Kd III Men White Red Shoes,Nike Tri Fusion Run Mens Cool Grey/University Red/White/Black Running Shoes V47654,, 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 223485 Nike Zoom Kobe V Men White Gold Shoes,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Adidas Response Boost Womens Clear Sky/White Running Shoes V45342,Shopping 161357 Nike Zoom Kobe VIII Basketball Men Orange Red Green Shoes,Nike Air Max Siren Womens Black/Fuchsia Flash/Sail/Hot Lava Running Shoes V18772,, 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 adidas Originals Junior Stan Smith Trainer CP560,Inexpensive 206362 Nike Air Max Unisex Black Bright Crimson Blue White Shoes,adidas Originals Nursery ZX Flux Trainer CP701, 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. Jack & Jones Ben Original SC619 Denim Jean CP867,Inexpensive 223718 Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Xdr Men Black Blue Red Shoes,Creative Recreation Wilmington Lounge Hoodie CP1021, 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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