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 189813 Nike Free Tr Fit Women Purple Black White 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 Max Tailwind 8 Womens Black/Anthracite/White Running Shoes V13790, 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 Zoom Winflo 2 Womens Copa/White/Hyper Orange Running Shoes V48792,Inexpensive 173683 Nike Lunarelite 2 Women Black Green Shoes,Nike Free Rn Distance Womens Bright Crimson Running Shoes V41639, 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 Adidas Porsche Design 550 Men Coupon_157, 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 Creative Recreation Junior Reece Hooded Top CP415,Adidas Porsche Design VI Men Coupon_212,adidas Originals Junior Tubular Print Trainer CP577,.
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 Creative Recreation Nursery Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP754,Adizero Rose II 773 Men Coupon_287,Only & Sons Dips 2624 Straight Distressed Jean CP905, 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 Asics Running Shoes Men Coupon_368,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Ellesse Castello Overhead Hooded Top CP1056,2015 Christian Louboutin Women Coupon_432,The North Face Drew Peak Hooded Top CP1166,, 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 Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_519,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Ellesse Puffer Jacket CP1353,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_635,Native Youth AW15 Gulf Jacket CP1464,, 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 Asics Gel-Lyte EVO 'Samurai Pack' Trainer CP4231,Jimmy Choo Wedges Women Coupon_960,Cruyff Santi Space Quilt Trainer CP4391, 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. Havaianas Team Flip Flop CP3844,New Balance Men Coupon_1056,Nike Air Max Lunar90 Breeze Trainer CP4691, 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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