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 Men's - Casual - Nike Archive Full Zip Hoodie - Clothing - Obsidian Sail 0FB845, 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 Cost-Effective Joma Calcio 24 Socks Navy Mens 7149, 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 Orthodox School Nike Matchfit Soccer Crew Socks Blue Mens 3320,Men's - Clothing - Basketball - Deep Royal Blue Metallic Silver 6BR9313 - Nike LeBron Hyperelite Shorts - James LeBron,Top Quality Cruyff Daley Tee Black Mens 9059, 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 Men's - Grove Green White 8XW1143 - Jordan Flight Fleece Crew - Basketball - Clothing, 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 Men Espadrilles ASOS Derby Espadrilles Canvas,Men's - Jordan Retro 11 Jacket - Concord White 2VH11336 - Clothing - Basketball,Men Trainers ASOS Derby Shoes Suede With Natural Sole,.
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 Men Trainers ASOS Brogue Shoes Leather,Men's - Mitchell & Ness MLB Home Stretch Henley - New York Yankees - Clothing - Multi 6LN7453,Men Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Plimsolls, 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 Men's - New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 V7 - Shoes - Running - Typhoon Hi-Lite 7FF8468,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men Trainers Fred Perry Underspin Oxford Trainers,Men's - Nike Dri-FIT 5" Flex Distance Shorts - Track Red Track Red 2FZ10546 - Clothing - Running,Men Trainers Jeffery West Jung Tassel Loafers,, 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 Men's - Nike Modern Pull Over Hoodie - Obsidian 0MV7457 - Clothing - Casual,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Men Trainers New Look Desert Boot,Men's - Nike Tech Fleece Jogger - Clothing - Casual - Vintage Green Black 9IX10883 Vintage Green,Men Trainers Puma Running Ignite Evoknit Lo Pavement,, 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 New Era Chicago White Sox MLB 59FIFTY Fitted hats Blue-Yellow,Men's - Shoes - Pure Platinum Wolf Grey 4BV6249 - George Paul - Nike PG 1 - Basketball,Super Discount Nike Air Max 90 sail/sheen-straw-med brown 310766-161, 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. Super Discount Nike Kyrie 2 AS (GS) celery/varsity maize-black 835943-307,Men's - Training - Nike Therma Hoodie - Clothing - Green Stone White 7GI2270,Super Discount Nike Wmns Air Max 1 BHM QS mtllc gold/dp crdnl-gmm bl-sl 652115-700, 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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