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 Nike Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1608 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 Lunar Control 3 White/Pure Platinum/Wolf Grey/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 ROSHE RUN PRINT Villain Red/Team Red/Light Mulberry/Black,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1687Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 Unisex Running Shoe 819038-304, 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 Nike Air Max 90 Boys Preschool Copa/White/Blue Lagoon Running Shoes V48612,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1682Adidas D Rose 773 Iii Boys Grade School White/Black Basketball Shoes V86471, 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 Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1745. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Training Shoe Nike Metcon 3 852928-008,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1728Nike Roshe One Boys Grade School Midnight Navy/White Running Shoes V65414,, 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 Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1751.
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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 Nike Dual Fusion Trail Mens Black/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/Metallic Platinum Running Shoes V16099,Nike Kevin Durant War Boots Men Coupon_1761Nike Free Rn Distance Mens Black/White/Dark Grey/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V33978, 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. Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Mens Cool Grey/Anthracite/Ghost Green/Black Running Shoes V46394,Nike LeBron James Men Coupon_1885Adidas Adizero Tempo 6 Womens Vivid Berry/Metallic Silver/Glow Coral Running Shoes V84462, 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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