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 Newest Style Nike Mercurial Superfly White Gold High-Tops FG Soccer Boots X65w4152, 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 Cheap Kyrie Irving 3 III Third Think Pink Pink Flash White Kyrie Shoes 2017, 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 Foamposites 2017 Foamposite One Metallic Red Sport Red Game Royal Black Red October,Super Popular Nike Mercurial Victory Vi Ic Indoor Football Shoes Black Pink R2d2825,Kevin Durant KD 9 IX Triple Black Metallic Silver, 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 S79190 Torsion sneaker shoes Adidas ZX 700 Mens Royal Blue and Lime Green and White ZX 700 Torsion s, 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 Shoes Running shoes and Running [Mr7374],Air Jordan 3 Light Brown/Navy-White-Gum July 2016 Jordans,Legs Nike and Nike shoes [Nw2277],.
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 Melissa / Ultragirl + Jeremy Scott Ad Flats / Pink,AQ4710 New Best adidas Bounce CC Sonic Black and White Fitness Trainers New Best adidas Bounce CC So,New Balance / 574 Sneakers / Grey/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 Nike Air Max 2017 Unisex Core Black/Off White July 2016 Air Max Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nose / Casual Ankle Boots / Black,Eminence George Alessandro A 12" Speaker 40 W 16 Ohm,Nose / Peep Toe Platform Heels / CHAMPAGNE,, 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 BMS 12N610 12" 400 Watt Neodymium Low Midrange Speaker 8 Ohm,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Prettyfit / Lambskin Pump R-1796 / Grey,Tayden TRUE BRIT 12" Guitar Speaker 8ohm,River Island / Black Stacked Heel Peeptoe Boots / Black,, 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 Zalora / Basic Weaved Detail Ballerinas / Black,18 Sound 8NM610 8ohm Recone Kit,Zalora / High Heel Pumps / 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. Zalora / Punched Detail Sneakers / Nude,RCF N850 90 Watts 2" Exit 8ohm Ferrite Compression Driver,UK Outlet Sale - Cool Dolphin Breathable Sneakers Sport Casual Flat Running Mens Shoes Trainers, 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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