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 Jordan Retro High Soar Blue Black Whi 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 Women Saucony Breakthru'Running Shoes' Grey/Pink/Blue Model UK2427, 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 LunarEclipse 5 Women's Running Shoe Grey Blue White Z8437,) Stitched/Sewn Colts Marshall Faulk Nfl Throwback Jersey Youth Kids Boys (L) Blue,Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Womens Running Shoes Grey White Black Z8937, 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 2017 Nfl Vapor Untouchable Limited Edition Sf 49Ers Joe Montana #16 Jersey White, 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 Women Clogs Mules Fashion Color 591802,Rare Reebok Nfl Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cato June Football Jersey,Montrail Montrail Fluid Fusion Women Sneakers Platinum/Cool Grey 984371,.
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 Women Boots Fashion Color 965063,Rare Vintage Reebok Nfl San Diego Chargers Natrone Means Football Jersey,Shoe The Bear Women Ankle Boots Dark Gray 896261, 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 2017 Basketball Shoes Hyperdunk 2015 Black Metallic Gold White,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Women Sports Shoes Black 867779,2017 Summer New Arrival Hyperdunk 2016 New White,Little Mistress Women Platform Sandals Black 978164,, 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 Air Jordan 4Lab1 Glow Reflective Silver White Black Jordan Basketball Shoes 2017,.
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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 Outlet USA Sweet Mens and Womens Converse One Star white red Dazzling,Kevin Durant KD 9 IX Flyknit Aunt Pearl Floral Light Arctic Pink Vivid Pink Silver,Womens Nike Air Max 2015 Black Orange Purple Nike USA TrainersHealthy, 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. Women/Mens Nike Air Force 1 Low Flax AA4061-200 AF1 Wheat Gum Light Brown Bargain NEW 2017 get,Kobe Bryant Shoes 2017 Easter Kobe 11 Elite,Maxstar / Maxstar Women's CN9 7 Holes Double Platform PU High Top Sneakers US Women Size / White, 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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