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 Nike Air Huarache "City" Pack Shoes Black/University Gold 704830-080, 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 Best price Air Jordan 12 Gym (Alternate) Red 34QX949 for Men, 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 Best-selling Air Jordan 6 Retro Infrared Sz 10 OG! Black 89SG-4119 for Men,Men's Nike Air Max 2011 Leather Shoes Black Fluorescent Green,Big discount Nike DS Air Foamposite one prm 'wolf ' size 14 Grey QW31042 for Men, 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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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 Cheap Price Under Armour Curry 1 Low Orange 67771880 for Men,Men's Nike Air Max 90 Leather Shoes Black/Orange,Classic Adidas Consortium x Mastermind NMD XR1 Yeezy 69NJ634 for Men, 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 Nike Air Max 90 Sneakerboot Shoes Navy/Black/White,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Collection Here Under Armour Speedform Apollo 2 - Graphite Black 23TA-0235 for Men,Men's Nike Air Max 95 OG QS Anniversary Running Shoes Metallic Platinum White Black,Comments Nike AIR MAX PLUS TN ULTRA RUNNING - AUTHENTIC REFLECTIVE Black anthracite 42531566 for Men,, 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 Air Max 97 Premium Shoes Blackend Blue/Strata Grey-Deep Royal Blue 554716-404,.
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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 Weave HUF X BLONDIE SUTTER SKATEBOARDING BLONDIE VC43016-BND 27272437 for Men,Men's Nike Dunk High SB "Angry Birds" Shoes Hyper Red/Crimson,Wholesale Nike AIR MAX 1 SUPREME SAFARI TECH PACK id japan 67AQ-3814 for Men, 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. Wonderful Air Jordan 13 Jordan Collezione 13 10 'Countdown Pack' Jordan Retro 13 XIII Jordan Retro 10 X 27852393 for Men,Men's Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 Running Shoes White/Black/Grey 620465-100,Air Jordan 12 GS Red Suede, 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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