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 Men's Shoe Nike Air Max BW Ultra 819475-011 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 Adidas Cosmic Boost Mens Grey/Clear Grey/Flash Orange Running Shoes V56688, 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 Adidas Energy Boost 3 Mens Shock Yellow/White/Black Running Shoes V74852,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max BW Ultra 819475-404Adidas Adissage 2.0 Mens Onix/Matte Silver/Vivid Red Slippers V67739, 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 Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 806770-003 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 Nike Flex Run 2015 Mens Black/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V15765,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 Print 806803-002Nike Lunarestoa 2 Mens Deep Royal Blue/White/Black Running Shoes V52315,.
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 Roshe One Winter Mens Gym Red/Gym Red/Sail Running Shoes V57397,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 806770-044Adidas Adizero Boston 5 Tsf Womens Prism Blue/Silver Metallic/Super Purple Running Shoes V69496, 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 Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Mercurial R9 818675-003. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Response Boost Womens Clear Sky/White Running Shoes V45342,Men's Shoe Nike Air Penny II 333886-100Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Pink/White Slippers V69291,, 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 Men's Shoe Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit 835570-002.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Air Max Dynasty Womens Black/Hyper Violet/Urban Lilac Running Shoes V21027,Men's Shoe Nike Air Presto 848132-401Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pure Platinum/Black/Fiberglass Running Shoes V69591,, 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 Nike Kids Mercurial Victory V CR TF Soccer Black/Total Crimson/White UK#N5-9597,Men's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 92 844652-102Women's Nike Zoom Winflo 2 White/Voltage Green/Hyper Pink/Metallic Silver UK#N5-8838, 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. Glorious Gangsta Dakota Roll Top Backpack CP50,Men's Shoe Nike Court Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour 631458-802Ellesse Blocco 2 Pack Boxer Short CP413, 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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