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 Onfire Leather Wing Tipped Brogue Shoes Tan - Men's Shoes, 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 Nike Zoom KD V Basketball shoes for Men White Blue Orange V36p2389 Buying Now, 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 Salomon XT Hornet Mountain Running Shoes Black Blue Silver L36i4518 cheap retail,New Balance M680 V3 Neutral Running Shoes Blue/Green - Men's Shoes,Nike Air Jordan 11 Black White Red Shoes, 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 D Rose 773 Iii Trainers Scarlet/Black - Men's Shoes, 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 Nike Free Run 2 Grey Purple White Shoes,Adidas Originals Zx Flux Adv Asymmetrical Trainers Dark Grey/Collegiate Navy/White - Men's Shoes,Nike Free 3.0 V5 RoyalBlue Shoes,.
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.
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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 Saucony Grid Sd Public Garden Trainers Grey - Men's Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Shoes 100% Price Guarantee,Jack And Jones Mens Luke Echo Jos 999 Anti Fit Jeans Black,Nike Kyrie 3 Shoes Fashion Online Shop,, 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.
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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 Elegant GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN 70Mm Leather Over The Knee - Black women's Boots - 80MD553,Lyle & Scott Christie Fitness Running Shorts Navy Blue M58e3802,Good JUST CAVALLI Flocked Flower & Sequined Jersey Dress - Bordeaux women's Dresses - 99QB033, 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. Lowly Price SIMONE ROCHA Embroidered Lurex & Tulle Dress - Silver women's Dresses - 96CN320,Stone Island Cargo Trousers Navy Q45x6880,Perfect MARY KATRANTZOU Paisley Printed Silk Twill Dress - Black women's Dresses - 37CK578, 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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