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 Lunarglide 7 Mens Brave Blue/Blue Lagoon/Hyper Orange/Black Running Shoes V40795 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 Duck & Cover Quaid Hooded Light Jacket CP1343, 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 Ellesse Lazzaro Technical Parka Jacket CP1369,Nike Lunarestoa 2 Mens Black/Dark Grey Running Shoes V16741Native Youth Arctic Parka Jacket CP1450, 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 Zoom Vomero 11 Mens Anthracite/White/Black/Opti Yellow Running Shoes V11250 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 Under Armour Mirage Woven Short CP2216,Nike Tri Fusion Run Mens Black/Dark Grey/White Running Shoes V18041Sik Silk Retro Italia Swim Short CP2341,.
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 Core Visibility Poly Tracksuit CP3597,Nike Shox Nz Mens Black/Racer Blue/Dark Grey/Black Running Shoes V25061Flossy Mens Plimsole CP3794, 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 Black/Opti Yellow/Volt/Total Crimson Running Shoes V23686. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Havaianas Brasil Flip Flop CP3840,Nike Zoom Wildhorse 3 Mens Deep Royal Blue/Blue Lagoon/Laser Orange Running Shoes V51919Lacoste Glendon Trainer CP3925,, 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 Anyanda Flex Womens Black/White Flip Flops V31751.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Trainer CP3981,Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 Womens Frost Mint/Black Running Shoes V53994adidas Originals Los Angeles Trainer CP4097,, 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 Trainer CP4164,Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3 Womens Sun Glow/White/Shock Red Running Shoes V79866Bjorn Borg X100 Low Metal Trainer CP4251,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Creative Recreation Santos Trainor CP4347,Adidas Adizero Boston 5 Tsf Womens Mineral Red/Shock Pink/Bold Onix Running Shoes V65561Criminal Damage Python High Trainer CP4385, 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 Gym Soft Trainer CP4490,Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5 Womens Solar Yellow/Midnight Grey/Ash Purple Running Shoes V78296Nike LeBron XI Low Trainer CP4577, 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 Roshe Run Trainer CP4625,Adidas Energy Boost 2 Womens Vivid Berry/Pearl Metallic/Glow Running Shoes V84466Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski Leather Trainer CP4722, 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 Air Max 90 Mid Winter Trainer CP4851,Adidas Pure Boost X Womens Shock Blue/Halo Blue/Shock Pink Running Shoes V74486Puma Disc Blaze 'Bright Pack' Trainer CP4922, 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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