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 New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1204, 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 Air Max Tailwind 8 Womens Vivid Purple/Black/Hyper Orange/White Running Shoes V84763, 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 Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Bright Crimson/Atomic Pink/White/White Running Shoes V41734,New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1215,Nike Juvenate Womens Light Silver/Black/Total Crimson/Dark Turquoise Running Shoes V62268, 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 New Balance 996 Men Coupon_1322, 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 Under Armour Hustle Backpack CP97,New Balance 574 Women Coupon_1431,Converse Infant Chuck Taylor All Star High Trainer CP480,.
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 Junior ZX Flux Trainer CP581,New Balance 420 Women Coupon_1418,Converse Nursery Chuck Taylor All Star High Canvas Trainer CP735, 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 New Balance 999 Women Coupon_1551,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Levi's 510 Skinny Jean CP894,Nike Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1603,Converse Core Full Zip Hooded Top CP1001,, 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 Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1608,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. The North Face Drew Peak Hooded Top CP1154,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1746,Asylum Hipster Denim Jean CP823,, 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.
And I just completely disappeared into my run Ellesse Nero Outdoor Jacket CP1366,Nike Kobe Bryant Men Coupon_1799,Pretty Green Festival Jacket CP1501,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Jack & Jones Anders Roll Neck Knit CP1829,Jordan Horizon Low Men's Shoe 845098-306,Nike Tech Fleece Short CP2174, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Creative Recreation Folsom Hooded Varsity Jacket CP1322,Men's Basketball Shoe Jordan Super.Fly 5 844677-003,Clae Grant Boot CP3732, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.
Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then The North Face Base Camp Flip Flop CP3868,Hi Women's Shoe Nike Air Force 1 654440-401,adidas Originals ZX 8000 Boost Trainer CP4015, 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. adidas Originals ZX Flux Geo Trainer CP4132,Men's Boot Nike SFB 6" Bomber 862506-001,Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Brea Leather Trainer CP4298, 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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