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 Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Black/White Running Shoes V32326 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 Creative Recreation Toluca Swim Short CP2304, 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 Luke 1977 Molby Swim Short CP2322,Nike Air Zoom Winflo 2 Womens Vivid Purple/Fuchsia Glow/White/Hyper Orange Running Shoes V85278Kappa Hunt Track Top CP3577, 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 Air Zoom Winflo 2 Womens Chalk Blue/Racer Blue/Atomic Pink/Platinum Running Shoes V43846 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 Energy Boost ESM Trainer CP4049,Nike Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Bright Crimson/Atomic Pink/White/White Running Shoes V41734adidas Originals Superstar 80s Metallic Trainer CP4124,.
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 Armani Jeans Tonal Suede Leather Trainer CP4189,Nike Flex Fury Womens Vivid Purple/Copa/Blue Lagoon/Black Running Shoes V84974Bjorn Borg X100 Low Rub Trainer CP4255, 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 Adidas Pure Boost Womens White/Black/Clear Grey/City Blur Running Shoes V87471. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Creative Recreation Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP4349,Nike Classic Cortez Womens White/Black/White Running Shoes V89171Cruyff Vanenburg X-LITE Trainer CP4404,, 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 Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Bright Crimson/Atomic Pink/White/White Running Shoes V41674.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Lacoste Marcel Trainer CP4509,Nike Flex Run 2015 Womens Cool Grey/White/Pink Pow Running Shoes V47694New Balance MRT580 Suede Trainer CP4566,, 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 Eeight Womens Nelly Boot CP5154,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Womens Violet Ash/White/Hyper Orange/Black Running Shoes V83981Nike Womens Benassi JDI Slide Print Sandal CP5241, 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. Womens Shoes adidas Volley Team 3 Black/Silver Metallic/Dark Grey,Nike Juvenate Womens Chalk Blue/Loyal Blue Running Shoes V43770Womens Shoes adidas Golf adiPower Sport Boost Clear Grey/Running White/Light Yellow, 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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