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 176242 Nike Shox O Leven Men White 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 Nike Huarache Run Boys Grade School Black/White Running Shoes V30953, 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 Adidas Crazy 8 Mens White/Shock Mint/Copper Metallic Basketball Shoes V94082,Cheap 154367 Nike Shox O Leven Men White Shoes,Adidas Wall 2 Mens Black/Talc/White Basketball Shoes V29133, 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 Comfortable 176551 Nike Shox Rivalry Men Black Brown 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 Adidas Cc Fresh Bounce Womens Grey White/Midnight Grey Running Shoes V56575,Discount 240896 Nike Shox Rivalry Men White Shoes,Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Solid Grey/Raw Purple/Clear Onix Slippers V78764,.
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 Air Max 2016 Womens Hyper Orange/Sunset Glow/Black Running Shoes V58914,Buy 181334 Nike Zoom Kobe VI Men Blue Black White Shoes,Nike Free Rn Distance Womens Hyper Violet/Fierce Purple/Blue Lagoon/Blue Tint Running Shoes V59589, 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 161357 Nike Zoom Kobe VIII Basketball Men Orange Red Green Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Zoom Elite 8 Womens Pink Blast/White/Electric Green/Black Running Shoes V68998,Comfortable 179117 Puma By Miharayasuhiro Tennis Men Grey Silver Shoes,Men's Nike Mercurial Victory V TF Urban Lilac/Bright Mango/Black UK#N5-9486,, 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 Comfortable 155143 Puma By Hussein Chalayan Men Grey Shoes,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Women's Nike Dart 11 Black/Dark Grey/White/White UK#N5-9365,Shopping 223198 Air Jordan 1 Retro Unisex Black Soft White Shoes,Hype Hype Backpack CP61,, 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 Pop Boutique Harrington Jacket CP1492,Inexpensive 224501 New Balance Fresh Foam WX822 Women Black Pink Shoes,adidas Originals Vintage Block Short CP2065, 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. Condemned Nation Primo Swim Short CP2300,Buy 208331 New Balance Classics Wl501 Women Shoes,H By Hudson Houghton Desert Boot CP3745, 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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