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 Nike Flex Experience 4 Boys Toddler Black/White/Bright Crimson Running Shoes V33588 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 Men's Nike SB Trainerendor Leather Cargo Khaki/White/White/Metallic Cool Grey UK#N5-9556, 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 Kids Mercurial Victory V CR TF Soccer Black/Total Crimson/White UK#N5-9597,Nike Flex Experience 4 Girls Toddler Black/Volt/Pink Pow/White/Vivid Pink Running Shoes V30398Women's Nike Dual Fusion Trail 2 Black/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/Atomic Pink UK#N5-9614, 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 Crazy Fast Boys Preschool Light Aqua/Sub Blue Basketball Shoes V60775 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 adidas Originals Junior LA Trainer CP570,Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 Fg Boys Preschool Black/White/Flash Orange Soccer Shoes V34043Timberland Junior 6 Inch Premium Boot CP693,.
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 adidas Originals Nursery ZX Flux Trainer CP720,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Preschool Wolf Grey/Dark Purple Dust/White/Total Crimson Running Shoes V98020Glorious Gangsta Tagara Demin Jeans CP848, 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 D Rose 6 Boys Preschool Black/Scarlet/Gold Ochre Basketball Shoes V25852. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Abandon Ship Essential Full Zip Hooded Top CP934,Nike Cortez 07 Boys Preschool White/White/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V96062Creative Recreation Wilmington Lounge Hooded Top CP1012,, 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 Free 5.0 2015 Boys Preschool White/Chalk Blue/Volt/White/Bright Mango Running Shoes V90093.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Luke 1977 Browser Zip Hooded Top CP1099,Nike Flex Fury 2 Boys Preschool Wolf Grey/Hyper Pink/Dark Grey/White/Cool Grey Running Shoes V98766The North Face 100 Embro Overhead Hooded Top CP1165,, 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 Nicce Fleece Short CP2165,Adidas D Rose 773 Iii Boys Grade School Black/White Basketball Shoes V30715Good For Nothing Retro Swim Short CP2313, 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 Rimini Nylon Front Track Top CP3562,Adidas D Rose 773 Iii Boys Grade School Light Onix/Black Basketball Shoes V61174Clarks Originals Desert Vulc Boot CP3740, 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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