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 Lunarestoa 2 Mens Black Running Shoes V12577 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 Brave Soul Flyermac Longline Bomber Jacket CP1280, 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 Good For Nothing Nylon Bomber Jacket CP1393,Nike Lunarglide 7 Flash Mens Black/Pure Platinum/Dark Grey/Reflective Silver Running Shoes V24320Jack & Jones Violin Fur Trim Puffer Jacket CP1419, 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 One Mens Black/Wolf Grey/White Running Shoes V38322 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 Asylum Lone Stretch Skinny Jean CP816,Adidas Pure Boost Reveal Mens Solar Green/Black/Clear Grey Running Shoes V76679Jack & Jones Malibu Swim Short CP2318,.
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 EA7 7 Colours Woven Suit CP3604,Nike Zoom Elite 8 Mens Black/Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/White Running Shoes V37753Rockport Peakview Boundary Boot CP3752, 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 Nike Zoom Elite 8 Mens Concord/Black/Photo Blue/White Running Shoes V46241. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Havaianas Top Mix Flip Flop CP3847,Nike Zoom Elite 8 Mens Black/Opti Yellow/Volt/Total Crimson Running Shoes V23686Timberland Newmarket Boat Shoe CP3934,, 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 Shox Nz Mens University Red/Black/Dark Grey Running Shoes V82065.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. adidas Originals Adi Ease Woven Trainer CP4009,Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Mens Total Crimson/University Red/Racer Blue/Black Running Shoes V81001adidas Originals San Remo Trainer CP4062,, 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 ZX Flux Geo Trainer CP4132,Nike Zoom Vomero 10 Mens Cool Grey/Black/Lagoon/White Running Shoes V46572Bjorn Borg X100 Low Mesh Trainer CP4257,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Converse Star Player Ox Nylon Trainer CP4285,Nike Zoom Structure 18 Mens Magnet Grey/Black/Hyper Crimson/Volt Running Shoes V62965Creative Recreation Kaplan Trainer CP4371, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Hugo Boss Metro Digital Trainer CP4478,Adidas Element Refine Womens Glow Purple/Tech Grey/White Running Shoes V55838Le Coq Sportif Arthur Ashe Jacquard Trainer CP4545, 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 Nike Stefan Janoski Max L Trainer CP4644,Adidas Cosmic Boost Womens Ash Purple/Black/Solar Orange Running Shoes V11568Nike Air Max Thea Trainer CP4720, 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. Nike Janoski Max Trainer CP4838,Adidas Solar Boost Womens Halo/Silver Metallic/Clean Onix Running Shoes V57663Ralph Lauren Polo Hanford Leather Trainer CP4949, 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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