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 D Lillard 1.0 Boys Grade School Scarlet/White Basketball Shoes V73986 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 Women's Nike Core Motion TR 2 Mesh Ocean Fog/Blue Grey/White/Metallic Platinum UK#N5-9508, 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 Women's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Print Racer Blue/Chalk Blue/Hyper Orange UK#N5-9500,NIKE AIR MAX 2015 White/Black/Pink PowNew Era NY Pitcher Backpack CP78, 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 D Rose Lakeshore Boys Grade School White/Light Scarlet/Light Onix Basketball Shoes V92169 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 Nursery Tubular Trainer CP717,Adidas D Rose 5 Boost Boys Grade School Silver Metallic/Vivid Yellow/Bold Onix Basketball Shoes V751Asylum Native Destroy 7590 Jean CP828,.
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 Jack & Jones Glen Branco SC431 Denim Jean CP890,Adidas J Wall Boys Grade School Light Onix/White/Collegiate Navy Basketball Shoes V61512Converse MA1 Full Zip Hooded Top CP998, 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 Rose 4.5 Boys Grade School Clear Grey/Light Scarlet/Dark Onix Basketball Shoes V44492. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Jack & Jones Davy Overhead Hooded Top CP1084,Adidas Rose 773 Boys Grade School Aluminum/White/Light Scarlet Basketball Shoes V10381Original Penguin Maple Hooded Top CP1139,, 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 Adidas Messi 15.3 Tf Boys Grade School White/Prime Blue/Black Soccer Shoes V93165.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Asylum Depay Harrington Jacket CP1224,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School Midnight Navy/Blue Lagoon/Dark Electric Blue/White Running Shoes VBrave Soul Nipton Longline Puffer Jacket CP1271,, 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 Glorious Gangsta Zeus Longline Bomber Jacket CP1387,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School White/Black/Volt/Pink Blast/Total Orange Running Shoes V88625Pretty Green Kingsway Harrington Jacket CP1493,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, The North Face Sangro Jacket CP1520,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School White/Black/Volt/Pink Blast/Total Orange Running Shoes V88712Jack & Jones Detroit Waffle Knit Jumper CP1820, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Jack & Jones Houston Fleece Short CP2156,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Boys Grade School Black/Dark Grey/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V17243Havaianas Nursery Brasil Logo Flip Flop CP772, 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 adidas Originals Superstar Track Top CP3511,Nike Roshe One Boys Grade School Gym Red/Dark Grey/White Running Shoes V57325EA7 7 Lines Cotton Suit CP3602, 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. Timberland Splitrock 2 Boot CP3781,Nike Roshe One Boys Grade School White/White/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V96279Clarks Originals Desert Vulc Low Shoe CP3890, 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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