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 Shopping 240410 Nike Air Max Ltd Men White Black Red 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 Air Jordan 5 Retro Low 819171-101, 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 Shoe Nike Air Max Zero Breathe 903892-700,Shopping 211636 Nike Air Max Ltd Men White Black Orange Shoes,Men's Shoe Nike Free RN 831508-101, 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 Buy 209386 Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Retro Men Cortez Basic Nylon Black White 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 NIKE FREE TRAINER 3.0 V3 Game Royal/Deep Royal/White,Discount 180380 Nike Dunk High Men Conquer White Camouflage Green Shoes,NIKE SB STEFAN JANOSKI MAX SUEDE Blue Graphite/Pink Pow/Metallic,.
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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Max 90 Premium 443817-500,Comfortable 166457 Nike Dunk High Men Obsidian Red Shoes,Women's Shoe Nike Free RN Flyknit 831070-500, 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 Authentic 226387 Nike Dunk High Men Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Free 5.0 2015 Girls Toddler White/Chalk Blue/Volt/White/Bright Mango Running Shoes V89635,Discount 212071 Nike Dunk Mid Pro SB Men Black Red Shoes,Adidas D Rose 773 Iv Boys Grade School Collegiate Navy/White/Scarlet Basketball Shoes V46044,, 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 148040 Nike Free 3.0 V4 Men Black White Blue Shoes,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Roshe One Boys Grade School White/White/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V96403,Shopping 151453 Nike Free 4.0 V2 Men Royal Blue White Shoes,Adidas Crazy Light Boost Mens Tech Grey/Light Scarlet/Black Basketball Shoes V80592,, 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 Air Huarache Womens Pure Platinum/Bright Crimson/Loyal Blue Running Shoes V69753,Authentic 165824 Nike Lebron 10 Men Blue Orange Shoes,Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Womens Vivid Purple/Fuchsia Glow/Black Running Shoes V85156, 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 Juvenate Womens Racer Blue/Hyper Jade/White Running Shoes V70949,Discount 156792 Nike Lunar Orbit Men Royal Blue White Shoes,Men's Nike Mercurialx Finale IC Metallic Gold/Challenge Red/White/Black UK#N5-8990, 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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