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 Balance Men Coupon_1001, 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 Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Womens Dark Grey/Voltage Green/Ghost Green Running Shoes V51104, 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 Nike Lunarglide 7 Womens Black/Anthracite/Wolf Grey/Summit White Running Shoes V14168,New Balance Men Coupon_1061,Men's Nike Mercurial Victory V IC Urban Lilac/Bright Mango/Black UK#N5-9488, 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 New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1225, 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 Kickers Junior Core Kick High Patent Boot CP611,New Balance 751 Men Coupon_1298,adidas Originals Nursery ZX Flux Trainer CP727,.
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 Levi's 511 Slim Jean CP895,New Balance 1600 Women Coupon_1404,Creative Recreation Baltimore Poly Hooded Top CP1023, 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 New Balance 574 Women Coupon_1446,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, The North Face Lixus Full Zip Hooded Top CP1157,New Balance 670 Men Coupon_1294,Brave Soul Flyer Mac Longline Bomber Jacket CP1262,, 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 New Balance 574 Women Coupon_1467,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Ellesse Messier Outdoor Tech Jacket CP1368,Nike Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1603,The North Face Quest Insulated Hooded Jacket CP1526,, 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.
And I just completely disappeared into my run Asylum Glasto Ripped Denim Short CP2083,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1715,Original Penguin Mojo Chino Short CP2191,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, adidas Originals Brion Track Top CP3521,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1749,Timberland Splitrock 2 Boot CP3780, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Kickers Kick Low Core Shoe CP3918,Nike Kobe Bryant Men Coupon_1803,adidas Originals Gazelle OG Trainer CP4065, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.
Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Asics Gel-Lyte III 25th Anniversary Trainer CP4211,Men's Artificial-Grass Soccer Cleat Nike Hypervenom Phantom II AG 747490-308,Creative Recreation Turino Trainer CP4321, 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. Gourmet The Quadici Lite Trainer CP4468,Converse Jack Purcell Signature Rubber High Top Unisex Shoe 153581C-342,Nike Air Safari Trainer CP4584, 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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