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 Roshe One Flight Weight Girls Grade School Pink Pow/White Running Shoes V69171 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 Creative Recreation Infant Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP500, 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 Creative Recreation Junior Kaplan Holographic Suede Trainer CP603,Adidas 2015 Crazylight Boost Primeknit Mens Night Cargo/Black/Grey Basketball Shoes V66391Nike Junior Jordan Son of Low 'Grey Mist' BG Trainer CP637, 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 Nike Roshe Run Flight Weight Girls Grade School Black/White/Hyper Pink Running Shoes V34789 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 Criminal Damage Fields Of Gold Hooded Top CP1025,Adidas Crazylight 2.5 Boost Low Mens White/Yellow/Maroon Basketball Shoes V96790Jack & Jones Page Full Zip Hooded Top CP1079,.
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 Vans Classic Hooded Top CP1185,Adidas Crazy 8 Mens Gold Sld/White Basketball Shoes V55844Antony Morato Quilted Driver Jacket CP1220, 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 Crazy 8 Mens Black/White Basketball Shoes V30991. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Duck & Cover Garner Light Jacket CP1344,Adidas Crazy 8 Mens White Basketball Shoes V86042Franklin & Marshall Quilted Down Jacket CP1380,, 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 Crazylight 2.5 Boost Low Mens White/White Basketball Shoes V94998.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Only & Sons Nylon Sleeve Bomber Jacket CP1486,Adidas D Rose 6 Mens White/Black/Scarlet Basketball Shoes V88459Condemned Nation Matra Jogger CP1610,, 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 Jack & Jones Mclean Knit Jumper CP1821,Adidas D Lillard 1 Mens White/Black/Silver Metallic Basketball Shoes V88481Franklin & Marshall Small Logo Fleece Short CP2138,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Umbro Rio Jord Short CP2215,Adidas D Rose 773 4 Mens Maroon/White/Maroon Basketball Shoes V63170adidas Originals Trix Track Top CP3512, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Franklin & Marshall Small Logo Poly Tracksuit CP3610,Adidas D Rose 773 4 Mens White/Scarlet/Black Basketball Shoes V93915Timberland Splitrock 2 Boot CP3780, 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 Clear Weather Lakota Canvas Shoe CP3899,Adidas J Wall Mens Lucky Blue/Silver Met/Scarlet Basketball Shoes V62549adidas Originals Stan Smith Trainer CP3975, 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. adidas Originals Gazelle OG Trainer CP4063,Adidas Wall 2 Mens Black Basketball Shoes V12093adidas Originals ZX Flux Camo Trainer CP4122, 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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