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 Baseball Cleat Nike Huarache 2K Filth 749359-001 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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Huarache Premium Suede 833145-001, 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 Shoe Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Flyknit Metallic 881563-001,LEBRON 12 Hyper Turquoise/Metallic Cool Grey/Hyper Crimson/BlackWomen's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 831356-401, 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 Baseball Cleat Jordan 4 Retro Metal 807710-010 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 Adidas D Lillard 1.0 Boys Grade School Black/White/Scarlet Basketball Shoes V35731,Men's Baseball Shoe Nike Lunar Trout 2 Turf 807122-061Adidas Kinetic Boost Boys Grade School Solar Zest/Orange Running Shoes V78649,.
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 Huarache Run Boys Grade School Black/Bright Crimson/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V14375,Men's Baseball Cleat Nike Trout 2 Pro 807133-010Nike Free 5.0 2015 Girls Grade School Pink Pow/Vivid Pink/White/Black Running Shoes V69116, 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 Baseball Cleat Nike Zoom Trout 3 Turf 844628-003. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Crazylight 2.5 Boost Low Mens White/Yellow/Maroon Basketball Shoes V96790,Men's Basketball Shoe Jordan CP3.IX AE 833909-405Adidas D Rose 6 Mens Scarlet/White/Black Basketball Shoes V74205,, 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 Basketball Shoe Jordan CP3.X 854294-400.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Adidas Cc Rocket Boost Mens Antique Brass/Night Flash Running Shoes V11515,Men's Basketball Shoe LeBron XIII Low 831925-001Adidas Solar Boost Mens Dark Grey/Silver Metallic/Solar Lime Running Shoes V50601,, 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 Zoom Winflo 2 Mens Racer Blue/Midnight Navy/White/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V71163,Men's Basketball Shoe Nike Zoom KD 9 843392-002Adidas Energy Boost Reveal Womens Black/Neon Pink Running Shoes V23088, 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. Adidas Vigor 6 Tr Womens Flash Red/Silver Metallic/Frozen Green Running Shoes V53967,Men's Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat Nike Magista Orden FG 651329-106Adidas Volley Team 3 Womens Black/Silver Metallic/Dark Grey Volleyball Shoes V26695, 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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