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 Shopping 220645 New Balance Classics Wl515 Women Light 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 Nike Zoom Structure 18 Womens Lyon Blue/Black/Pink Pow/Clearwater Running Shoes V62596, 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 Men's Nike Hyperdunk 2015 PRM White/Black/Bright Crimson UK#N5-9133,Buy 169072 Nike Air Force 1 Women Red White Red Shoes,Nike SB Kids SB Fokus Blue Lagoon/White/Cool Grey/Black UK#N5-9561, 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 Cheap 211538 Nike Dunk High Women White Light Prefect Pink Lemon Shoes, 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 Converse Core Patch Hooded Top CP989,Cheap 229806 Nike Free 4.0 V3 Women White Jade Green Shoes,Rose London Pablo Velour Full Zip Hooded Top CP1151,.
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 Condemned Nation Mormant Basket Weave Varsity Jacket CP1292,Shopping 193944 Nike Free Run 2 Women Red Black White Shoes,Native Youth AW15 Gulf Jacket CP1464, 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 Authentic 209774 Nike Lunarfly Women Black Navy Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Hype Flecked Cable Knit Jumper CP1818,Adidas Bluff Lo - Fot Men Coupon_009,Nike AW77 Alumni Short CP2169,, 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 Adidas Bounce Titan VII Men Coupon_088,.
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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 Supra Owen Mesh Runner Trainer CP5012,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_580,Dr. Martens Womens Core 1460 Boot CP5145, 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. Womens Shoes adidas Stella McCartney Barricade 2015 White/Amber Yellow,Jimmy Choo Boots Women Coupon_700,Womens Shoes adidas Outdoor GSG9 Trail Black/Night Metallic/Bold Pink, 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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