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 Last KD 7 Python All Red Fashion, 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 Authentic adidas Yeezy 350 Boost Oxford Tan, 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 Authentic Cheap Jordan 1 Mid Black Varsity Red White,LeBron 13 NIKE Designs Latest Erie Glow Metallic Silver Green On sale Purple,Authentic Lebron James 11 Red Black Sliver 616175 002, 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 Air Max 2016 Flash Hyper Black Blue Pink Create Silver, 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 Cheap Foamposite One "Norman You Devil" Custom,Nike Air Super Max 2016 Flash Lime Teal Black Volt cheaps White,Cheap Lebron 11 Soldier Black Red Ice,.
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 Cheap Lebron James 10 Low Treasure Blue White Volt 541100 001,Nike KD Super 8 Bible The Servant,Cheap Lebron James 9 iD Foamposite Black Grey Green, 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 Kyrie Latest 3 Cavs Blue new Yellow New York,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Cheap Original Nike Kobe Venomenon 3 White Court Purple Black 555073-100,NIKE SB DUNK LOW PRO Coolest CAMO MEDIUM OLIVE BLACK CAMO SKATE 854866 209 Personalisation,Cheap Priced Air Jordan 31 Black Cat Debuts On Cyber Monday,, 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 Popular KD 6 EXT 7 start QS Aunt Pearl Floral cheaps Arctic Vivid Black Pink Light,.
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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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