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 Inexpensive 219131 Nike Shox R4 Men 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 Adidas D Rose Lakeshore Boys Grade School Light Scarlet/Black/White Basketball Shoes V61713, 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 Roshe One Boys Grade School Wolf Grey/Univ Gold/Elec Orange/Deep Royal Blue Running Shoes V9899,Cheap 177368 Nike Shox Rivalry Men White Black Shoes,Adidas Crazylight 2.5 Boost Low Mens White/Yellow/Maroon Basketball Shoes V96790, 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 Comfortable 208900 Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low Men Black White 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 Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Mens Black/Hyper Orange/University Blue/Sail Running Shoes V20542,Shopping 237768 Nike Zoom Kobe VIi Men Black Yellow Purple Shoes,Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 Womens Frozen Green/White Running Shoes V54186,.
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.
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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 151563 Puma Life Series Men Grey Blue Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Flex Fury Womens Vivid Purple/Copa/Blue Lagoon/Black Running Shoes V84910,Inexpensive 154590 Puma Future Cat Super Lt Men Black Red White Shoes,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Womens White/Black Running Shoes V87071,, 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 Cheap 213762 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Brown Black Shoes,.
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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 Brave Soul MJK Armour Parka Jacket CP1256,Comfortable 201533 New Balance W1600 Women Shoes,Franklin & Marshall Quilted Down Jacket CP1380, 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. Condemned Nation Matra Jogger CP1610,Inexpensive 190583 Nike Air Max Women Blue Pink Shoes,Franklin & Marshall Mitch Wide Checked Short CP2136, 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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