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 Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Bright Crimson/Atomic Pink/White/White Running Shoes V41652 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 Ellesse Lombardi Down Fill Jacket CP1359, 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 Nike Tribute Track Top CP3578,Nike Flex Run 2015 Womens Chalk Blue/Hyper Orange/Varsity Maize/White Running Shoes V43645Rockport Peakview Boundary Boot CP3752, 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 Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Womens Black/Voltage Green/Lucky Green/Sail Running Shoes V30466 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 Racer Lite Trainer CP4083,Nike Free Rn Distance Womens Black/Green Running Shoes V19151adidas Originals Country OG Trainer CP4169,.
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 Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Cosmos Pack' Trainer CP4224,Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Womens Copa/Blue Lagoon/Summit White/Black Running Shoes V47964Creative Recreation Kaplan Trainer CP4329, 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 Flyknit Lunar 3 Womens Hyper Orange/Racer Blue/University Blue/Black Running Shoes V58749. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Criminal Damage Python High Trainer CP4385,Nike Juvenate Womens Enamel Green/Spring Leaf Running Shoes V53227Hugo Boss Spacit Trainer CP4469,, 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 Fs Lite Run 2 Womens Black/Fuchsia Flash/White Running Shoes V18905.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. New Balance ML373 Trainer CP4563,Nike Juvenate Womens Purple Dusk/White/Mulberry Running Shoes V70529Nike KD 7 All Star Trainer CP4631,, 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 Havaianas Womens Slim Flip Flop CP5228,Nike Roshe One Womens Midnight Navy/Tide Pool Blue/Midnight Navy Running Shoes V65400Womens Shoes adidas Wheelhouse 2 W Core White/Black/Silver Metallic, 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 Energy Boost ESM Mid Grey/White/Frozen Green,Men's Nike MVP Keystone 3/4 Black/White UK#N5-9581Womens Shoes adidas Outdoor Response Trail Boost Midnight Grey/Granite/Flash 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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