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 Adidas Ace 16.3 Cage Mens Shock Red/Black/Crystal White Soccer Shoes V74778 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 Jack & Jones Tim Original GE 205 Jean CP892, 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 Antony Morato Sleeveless Hooded Top CP968,Adidas F10 Trx Fg Mens Solar Blue/White/Solar Zest Soccer Shoes V76401Criminal Damage Thorpe Full Zip Hooded Top CP1031, 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 Adidas X 15.1 Fg/Ag Mens Solar Yellow/Frozen Yellow/Black Soccer Shoes V78162 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 Foray Vector Bomber Jacket CP1372,Adidas Barricade Club Mens White/Matte Silver/Black Tennis Shoes V92259Nike Tech Varsity Jacket CP1476,.
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 Junior Free Run 2 Trainer CP665,Adidas X 15.1 Leather Fg/Ag Mens Solar Yellow/Frozen Yellow/Black Soccer Shoes V78233Jack & Jones Detroit Waffle Knit Jumper CP1820, 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 Adidas Barricade Team 4 Mens Clear Grey/Tech Silver Metallic/Midnight Grey Tennis Shoes V44596. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Jack & Jones Rick Original AT979 Denim Short CP2154,Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 Mens Black/Game Royal/Deep Royal/White Running Shoes V18915The North Face GTD Running 7inch Short CP2208,, 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 Nike Air Huarache Utility Mens Pure Platinum/Dark Grey/Wolf Grey/Black Running Shoes V69865.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Oiler & Boiler Tuckernuck Shortie Swimmer Short CP2327,Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 Mens Black/University Red/Bright Crimson/White Running Shoes V29166Kappa Allen Track Top CP3576,, 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 Toms Classic Canvas Slip On Espadrille CP3803,Nike Air Max Wright Mens Magnet Grey/Dark Magnet Grey/Light Magnet Grey Running Shoes V62966Ellesse Monaco Slide Sandal CP3830,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, adidas Originals Hamburg Trainer CP3956,Nike Air Max 90 Mid Winter Mens Black Running Shoes V12360adidas Originals Busenitz Trainer CP4024, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.adidas Originals Los Angeles Trainer CP4092,Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 Mens Wolf Grey/Black/Deep Royal Blue/Dark Grey Running Shoes V96893adidas Originals Topanga Trainer CP4179, 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 Converse Fulton Mix Quilted Leather QS Trainer CP4306,Nike Air Max 90 Mid Winter Mens Gym Red/Black/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V57223Creative Recreation Kaplan Patent Suede Trainer CP4362, 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. Ellesse Pavia Cup Trainer CP4441,Nike Air Max Bw Ultra Mens Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/White/Cool Grey Running Shoes V47801Lacoste Misano 36 Trainer CP4519, 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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