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 Mens Nike Lunar Force 1 Fuse Blue White Shoe Clearance Sale, 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 Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Trousers - Grill formal Fashionable, 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 Toggi Berkeley Country Boot (Unisex) - Warm Intellectuality,Mens Nike Mizuno Wave Ignitus 3 Md Blue Orange Shoe Online Sale,Helly Hansen Loke Trousers (Men's) - Black Popular Outlet On Sale, 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 Mens Nike Zoom Lebron 10 X Black Yellow Shoe Shop For The Best, 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 Adidas Originals - Breathable Energy Boost Trainer : Conventional Half-price,Mens Nike Zoom Lebron X 10 Cork Shoe Online Shop,Harkila Nite Pullover - Shadow Brown Melange mature New Exclusive,.
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 Adidas Originals - Cool Superstar Camo 15 Trainer : Superior / Stable Outlet Online,Mens Nike Zoom Lebron Xi 11 P.S. Elite Sky Blue Shoe Official Website,Nike - Advanced 1 Essential Trainer : Colorful Designer For Sale, 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 Mens Salomon S Lab Black Red Shoe Save Off 50%,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike - Preferential Flight Squad Trainer : Bright colors Big Sale,Rhonda Waterproof Casual Boots (Women's) - Black Enthusiasm Buying Cheap,Aigle Tenere Light Walking Boots - Black Wear-Resisting Outdoor Sports,, 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 Toggi Canyon Riding/Country Boots - Wide (Women's) - Black Stylish Online Shop,.
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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 UK - Converse 147346C John Varvatos Ct Burnished Sl Men Walking Shoes 7 Y13a2856,Low-cost direct - Converse Rare Ladies Girls Canvas Animal Print Trainers Womens Size 3 / 35 C66z9,Low-cost direct - Converse Damen Schuhe Basic Chucks Sneaker As Hi Can Gorillaz Black Wow - 65 % C2, 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. Low-cost direct - Converse One Star Prime Low - Size 8 - New - 154839C Egret Lunarlon Leather Htm U,Hot Sale - Converse For Women Ct Ox Parakeet Black Sneaker Low Top Multi Colored Sulpine D83z2875,Low-cost direct - Converse All Star Tekoa Boot Black/White Chuck Taylor Winter Sneakerboots New A30, 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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