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 New style VALENTINO Fringed & Studded Suede - Black women's Vests - 15HN718, 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 lovely G-SHOCK Premium Green Camouflage Digital Watch - Green Camo Men's Watches - 68EU945, 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 Lowest Prices Every Day CHEAP MONDAY Techno Knit Sweater - Black Men's Knitwear - 23CF042,Perfect DESIGNERS REMIX Lydia Cotton Silk Eyelet Lace Dress - Black women's Dresses - 73NE121,New arrivals DSQUARED2 Punk Patches Patent Leather - Black Men's Sneakers - 94CL858, 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 Nike Elite High Intensity Socks Womens Training Accessories Violet Shock A84r9263 Best -Selling, 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 Reasonable Price DIESEL BLACK GOLD 17Cm Coated Cotton Denim Effect - Light Grey men's Jeans - 17DI326,Timberland Atlantic Heights Suede Chelsea Boots Black Iris - Women's Shoes,Nike Zoom Pegasus 92 Mens Black/White,.
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 Jordan Jumpman Hare Snapback Mens Basketball Accessories Gym Red/Pine Green M13p4361 Cheap Retail,Firetrap Penny Pumps Black - Women's Shoes,New Era College Prime Fan Snapback Mens Basketball Accessories Notre Dame Fighting Irish Navy L54z6, 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 Blowfish Feffer Flat Shoes Black - Women's Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Evoshield Performance Crew Socks Mens Baseball Accessories Red Q26t1744 Factory Sale,Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 Flyknit Trainers White/Laser Pink/Black/Concord - Women's Shoes,Deakins Boat Shoes Tan/Navy - Men's Shoes,, 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 Reebok R Crossfit Speed Tr Trainers Rose/Maroon/Red - Women's 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 Paul Smith PS All Over Camo Knit Blue O75x8439,Adidas ZX10000 men women shoes Gray Orange N19z9322,Paul Smith PS Morgan Suede Desert Boot Black F92f6759, 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 Air Max 1 Ultra Moire Trainers Midnight W3e8221,Nike Air Jordan 4 Womens Maple Glow Limited Edition Black Blue Red Shoes U47s2796,Nike Air Force 1 Low Mens Green White B54k2065, 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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