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 Basketball Shoes - Womens Jordan Eclipse Ultraviolet/Ghost Green/Black/White, 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 Last Casual Shoes - Mens PUMA Challenge Black/Silver, 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 Lovely Casual Shoes - Mens Nike Air Max 90 Red Clay/Black Pine/Baroque Brown/Hyper Crimson,New Arrival Casual Shoes - Womens New Balance 1980 v1 Pink/Purple,Low-Priced Basketball Shoes - Mens Nike Air Max LeBron 11 Low James LeBron, 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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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 Outlet Factory Running Shoes - Mens adidas Originals Tubular Runner Collegiate Royal/Royal/Yellow,Puma Leadcat Suede Mens/Women Personalisation Sandals discount Red Dahlia/Puma Team Gold 365758-04 Best,Outlet Shop Basketball Shoes - Mens Jordan AJ 1 High Challenge Red/Cyber/Photo Blue/White, 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 Womens Skechers Chill Luxe Black W38T35B,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Popular Casual Shoes - Mens adidas Originals Samba Scarlet/White/Gold Metallic,Womens New Balance WW511 Black/Light Blue W26T47C,Price Down Running Shoes - Mens adidas Pure Boost Black/White/Clear Grey/City Blur,, 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 Womens New Balance WX20v4 Minimus Blue/Pink W25D18B,.
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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 DUNK Retail LOW PRO SB BOYS Latest NASTY ANONYMOUS UNHEARD-OF REDS SB 304292 610 Hot,adidas Performance Women's Duramo 7 - Black - Cushioned running shoes,Nike Mercurial discount Superfly FG Urban Lilac Urban Lilac/Bright Mango/Black/Black, 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. Nike Mercurial Vapor XI FG Free Shipping Football boots Pink/Yellow/Black,ASICS Women's Aaron - Royal Blue - Trainers,sale adidas Ace 17.1 Primeknit FG Football Boots Solar Green/Core Green/Black, 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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