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 147609 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Men Blue Orange 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 Men's Training Shoe Metcon 1 Game Royal/Midnight Navy/Light Retro/White, 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 Running Shoe Nike Free RN 831509-600,Cheap 215257 Nike Dunk High Men Blue Orange Shoes,Women's Shoe Nike Cortez Ultra BR 833801-400, 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 Wright Mens Dark Grey/Deep Royal Blue/White Running Shoes V50331,Authentic 236398 Nike Free 5.0 Men Black Blue White Shoes,Nike Cortez Mens White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V96431, 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 Inexpensive 169497 Nike Free Run 2 Men Gray Jade Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Roshe One Mens Cargo Khaki/Black/White Running Shoes V43565,Comfortable 205949 Nike Hyperize Kobe Bryant Olympic Men Black White Blue Shoes,Adidas Springblade Razor Womens Black/Vivid Berry Running Shoes V29389,, 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 Comfortable 245272 Nike Hyperdunk Kobe Bryant Olympic Men Black Red Shoes,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Air Huarache Womens Black Running Shoes V12710,Comfortable 225326 Nike Lunar Eclipse Shield Men Grey Purple Shoes,Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Vivid Purple/Hyper Orange/Black Running Shoes V85306,, 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 Jack & Jones Boxy Powell JJ8113 Denim Jean CP866,Comfortable 214067 Nike Shox O Leven Men Black White Shoes,Foray Beam Mesh Detail Hooded Top CP1060, 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. Bellfield Nimrod Fishtail Parka CP1236,Authentic 234918 Nike Shox R4 Men White Red Shoes,Foray Vector Bomber Jacket CP1372, 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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