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 Kids - Nike ACG Woodside GG Black / Laser Pink-Wolf Grey-Dark Grey 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 Jersey 2011 Pro Bowl White Premier International Brand In store Special Offers Men Customized Unique Taste Reebok Indianapolis Colts, 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 Jack & Jones Blue Men Jack &Amp Jones 3Pk Tonal Trunks Better,Kids - Nike ACG Woodside Black / Black ShoesIT Adidas Originals get By NIGO Shoes Originals get by NIGO Blanco adidas M xico Official Originals get Originals get by NIGO Shoes adidas, 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 Kids - New Balance 574 Island Pack Light Blue / Purple-Yellow 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 Hi-Tec Bone Deco Pro Mid STj MXF767943,Kids - New Balance 574 Blue ShoesHebru Brantley x Jordan Melo M11 Men Jordans Shoes Men Antonio Politano Melo M11 Archives Air Jordans Release Dates More Air Jordan Melo M11 Concrete Island Brand SGHQ Best Jordan Melo M11 Hare Clearance SGHQ Best,.
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 H by Hudson Thursum 2 - Calf Black - HB935SH77XUS - Men's Boots,Kids - New Balance 491 Black / Pink-Silver ShoesGym Men New Balance MX624v3 Leather Cross Training Shoes (4E Width) Black Outlet Online Store, 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 Kids - Girls Jordan 1 Big Emerald Green / Black-Grp Ic-Wht Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, G-Star Light Aged Wolker Long Sleeve Button Up PVM118839,Kids - Girls Air Jordan 1 Retro High Big Cool Grey / Hot Red-White ShoesGrey Black Mens Shoes / Nike Air Max 90 Essential Sale,, 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 Kids - Creative Recreation Cesario Low XVI Black / Black Shoes.
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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 Ghete Fotbal Nike Jr. Magista Onda Tf Copii Rosii/Negrii (866845WUF),Kids - Air Jordan XI 11 Retro Low White / Black-Dark Concord ShoesGhete Fotbal Nike Hypervenom Phinish Tech Craft 2.0 Fg Barbati Negrii/Argintii (491607ZHT), 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. Ghete Fotbal Adidas Kaiser Five Cup Barbati Albi/Negrii (256253ICH),Kids - Air Jordan Wade D'Reign White / Gym Red-Black-Del Soal ShoesGbx Runne Ontario 57658 UCN170928, 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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