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 Authentic 151615 Nike Dunk Low Men Purple 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 Men's Shoe Nike Roshe Two Flyknit 365 859535-600, 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 Men's Training Shoe Nike Free Trainer 1.0 807436-003,Shopping 227861 Nike Dunk Low Men White Green Shoes,Men's Turf Soccer Shoe Nike MagistaX Finale II TF 844446-708, 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 Inexpensive 157458 Nike Free Run Men Grey Green 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 Women's Shoe Nike Free TR 6 Print 833424-001,Inexpensive 152104 Nike Free Run 3 Men Yellow White Shoes,Nike Shox Deliver Boys Toddler Dark Grey/Black Running Shoes V49486,.
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 Shox Nz Boys Preschool White/Black/Wolf Grey/Vivid Pink Running Shoes V89512,Discount 242303 Nike Free Trainer 3.0 Men Black Green Purple White Shoes,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School Cool Grey/Voltage Green/Obsidian/Lucid Green/White Running Shoes V, 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 Shopping 191342 Nike Lebron 10 Men Red Green Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Adipure Crazyquick Mens Light Scarlet/Metallic Silver/Collegiate Navy Basketball Shoes V62174,Authentic 172108 Nike Kobe X Men Blue Vapor Green Black Shoes,Adidas Real Deal Mens Light Grey/Prime Blue/Red Zest Basketball Shoes V61127,, 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 Shopping 155406 Nike Lunarglide Men Blue White 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 Nike Wild Trail Womens Anthracite/Vivid Pink/White/Polarized Blue Running Shoes V11233,Cheap 222464 Nike Shox R4 Men Grey Blue Shoes,Men's Nike Free Trainer 3.0 V4 Black/University Red/Volt/Team Red UK#N5-9234, 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. Women's Nike Revolution 2 Wolf Grey/Cool Grey/Digital Pink/Neo Turquoise UK#N5-8794,Shopping 170720 Nike Shox R4 Men White Gold Shoes,Sik Silk Small Logo Backpack CP89, 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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