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 Supernova Sequence 8 Mens Grey/Metallic Silver/Solar Yellow Running Shoes V56905 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 Toms Nursery Classic Slip On Espadrille CP799, 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 Levi's 511 Slim Jean CP895,Adidas Springblade Drive Mens Black/Onix/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V23586adidas Originals Sport Full Zip Hooded Top CP942, 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 Vigor Tr6 Mens Black/Silver Metallic/White Running Shoes V27115 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 Condemned Nation Mia Bomber Jacket CP1311,Adidas Vigor Tr6 Mens Collegiate Navy/Blue/Black Running Shoes V45637Glorious Gangsta Zeus Longline Bomber Jacket CP1387,.
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 Luke 1977 Jules Neoprene Puffer Jacket CP1442,Adidas Adissage 2.0 Mens White/Black/White Slippers V88902Asylum Native Spray On Jean CP818, 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 Ace 16.1 Fg/Ag Mens Solar Green/Shock Pink/Black Soccer Shoes V76946. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Henri Lloyd Garey Roll Neck Knit CP1814,Adidas Ace 16.1 Cage Mens Black/White/Shock Red Soccer Shoes V36059Asylum Turbo Tailored Short CP2080,, 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 Superstar 3g Mens Black/Metallic Silver/Solid Grey Slippers V22412.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Publish Sloan Chino Short CP2196,Adidas Adissage Mens New Navy/White Slippers V66235Good For Nothing Splatter Swim Short CP2312,, 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 adidas Originals Superstar Track Top CP3522,Adidas Samba Millennium Mens Black/White/Gold Soccer Shoes V34465Timberland Earthkeepers 2.0 Chukka Boot CP3758,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Calvin Klein Flip Flop CP3827,Adidas Messi 15.1 Fg Mens White/Prime Blue/Black Soccer Shoes V93299Timberland Newmarket Boat Shoe CP3935, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.adidas Originals Superstar SuperColor Trainer CP4011,Adidas Nitrocharge 2.0 Fg Mens Black/White/Flash Orange Soccer Shoes V34162adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Trainer CP4069, 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 Stan Smith Vulcanised Trainer CP4167,Adidas Sprintstar Mens White/Silver Track & Field Shoes V94239Asics Gel-Lyte EVO 'Samurai Pack' Trainer CP4234, 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. Creative Recreation Kaplan Trainer CP4332,Adidas Barricade Team 4 Mens Clear Grey/Tech Silver Metallic/Midnight Grey Tennis Shoes V44971Cruyff Vanenburg X-LITE Trainer CP4420, 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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