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/Women's Nike Air Max 2015 Shoes Navy/Green/Fluorescent Green, 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 Stylish Dolce & Gabbana Mirrored Brogues For Women Online, 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 Stylish Mansur Gavriel Black Top Flap Cross-Body Bag For Women Online,Men's/Women's Nike Air Max 90 Anti Fur Shoes Wine/Grey/Black,Stylish Senso Ziggy Black Sandals For Women Selling Well, 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 Twin-Set Blue/White Woven Stripe Scarf For Women Sale,Men's/Women's Nike Roshe One Mesh Shoes Black/Silver,Alivio Womens Sneakers Black/Purple Mesh, 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/Women's Off-White X Air Max 90 Ice Trainers All White AA7293-100,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Clarks Womens Sneakers Black Combination Suede,Men's/Women's Under Armour UA Stephen Curry Two Signature Mid Basketball Shoes Royal/Gold,Guess Womens Boots Blue Suede,, 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 Women's Adidas NMD XR4 Running Suede Shoes Peach/Black,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Womens Boots Black Pat,Women's Adidas Ultra Boost X Yeezy Boost Running Shoes Pink,Nike Womens Sneakers White/Pure Platinum,, 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.
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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 Authentic 378037-117 Air Jordan 11 Retro White/Black-Legend Blue Men's Shoe,Women's Nike Air Max 2011 Shoes Grey Fushia,Men's Adidas NEO SKNEO Grinder Leisure Shoes Black/White, 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. Men's Adidas Outdoor Daroga Two 11 CC Shoes Core Black/Grass Green D98801,Women's Nike Air Max 2014 Shoes Pink Black,Men's Air Jordan 11 Retro "Glow Elephant Print" Basketball Shoes Black/White/Red, 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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