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 Aptare Premium 876388-001 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 Adissage Comfort Fitfoam Mens Collegiate Navy/Midnight Indigo/White Slippers V45648, 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 X 15.3 Fg/Ag Mens Black/Solar Yellow/Night Metallic Soccer Shoes V28547,Men's Shoe Nike Court Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Legend 812939-444Adidas Powerlift Trainer 2 Mens Grey/Solar Green/Solar Blue Training Shoes V57020, 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 Zoom Vick III 832698-100 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 Zoom Elite 8 Mens Blue Lagoon/Copa/Game Royal/Black Running Shoes V39802,Men's Shoe Nike Darwin 819803-111Nike Zoom Structure 18 Mens Total Orange/Voltage Green/Ghost Green/Black Running Shoes V81458,.
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 Adidas Pure Boost Womens Maroon/Maroon/Solar Orange Running Shoes V63033,Men's Shoe Nike Free Hypervenom 2 747139-100Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 8 Womens Bold Pink/Super Pink Running Shoes V40736, 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 Free RN CMTR 831510-002. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 Womens Blue Lagoon/Vivid Purple/Copa/Black Running Shoes V39940,Men's Shoe Nike Free RN Distance 827115-003Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Womens Brigade Blue/Blue/Squadron Blue/Platinum Running Shoes V41227,, 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 Jordan Eclipse 724010-002.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Air Max Thea Womens Pure Platinum/White Running Shoes V70370,Men's Shoe Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Flyknit 843390-003Nike Flex Run 2015 Womens Chalk Blue/Hyper Orange/Varsity Maize/White Running Shoes V43721,, 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 Women's Nike Free Viritous Deep Royal Blue/Mulberry/Tide Pool Blue/Wolf Grey UK#N5-9160,Men's Shoe Nike Kwazi SE 861687-301Sneaky Cleaning Kit CP354, 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. Converse Infant Chuck Taylor All Star Party High Trainer CP491,Men's Shoe Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 843764-002Creative Recreation Junior Kaplan Ripple Trainer CP607, 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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