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 Men's Nike Vapor Speed Low TD Black/White UK#N5-8761, 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 Womens Sandals PATRIZIA Moa Orange, 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 Womens Shoes PUMA Crossfox XCS v2 Blue Coral/Pagoda Blue/Sulphur Spring,Men's Nike SB Eric Koston 2 LR Wolf Grey/Summit White/Summit White/Photo Blue UK#N5-8766,Womens Shoes Reebok Work N Cushion KC 2.0 White/Flat Grey, 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 Converse Infant Chuck Taylor All Star Party High Trainer CP484, 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 Womens Boots UGG Seldon Dark Chestnut Leather,Creative Recreation Junior Kaplan Mesh Trainer CP598,Womens Boots UGG Chaney Brown Twinface/Leather,.
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 Womens Sandals UGG Bria Marine Blue Leather,Converse Infant Chuck Taylor All Star High Rubber Trainer CP494,Womens Boots Vaneli Jacie Black Suede/Black T. Nicole, 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 Jack & Jones Erik Original SC151 Jean CP883,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Shoes Vaneli Madora Ivory Satin - Zappos Exclusive,Converse Core Full Zip Hooded Top CP1001,Womens Shoes Vaneli Kamil Black Nappa,, 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 The North Face Open Gate Full Zip Hooded Top CP1155,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Womens Shoes Vans Chauffette W (C&L) Riviera Blue/Brown Sugar,Condemned Nation Albion Biker Jacket CP1293,Nike Golf,, 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 Various Sizes 2017/18 Nike Air Yeezy II 2 Sp Max 90 The Devil Series Trainers All Red West Womens Shoes 5cbuZn8i,Asylum Lone Stretch Skinny Jean CP816,Wholesale UK 2017/18 Nike Zoom Kobe X 10 Premium AS iD Customize It Mens Basketball Shoes Red Black Kobe Bryant Silk Road Sneakers Store 8wX1JGtg, 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. Authentic cvcyc ws4vn4 August Deals Nike Air Presto Womens,Creative Recreation Lincoln Track Top CP3542,Authentic ywbqk kszung August Deals Nike Air Presto Mens, 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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