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 Kobe X Em Xdr Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Shoes Compare Prices Nextag Kobe Xi Elite Low Ebay Kobe 10 Shoes Kobe, 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 Vans Shoes Sale Classic Slip-On navy VA 6123, 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 Vans Shoes Sale Sk8-Hi Cup Ca - Leather black/whisper white VA 3928,Kobe Ix Em Xdr New Kobe 9 Elite Nike Zoom Kobe X 10 Em Xdr Men Basketball Shoes Wine Nike Kobe 9 Eli,Adidas Mens Shoes / Black White Black Shoes Adidas Crazy 8 FR63Yv1, 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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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.
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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 Kd Vii Ep Kevin Durant Shoes Kevin Durant Kevin Durant Shoes Online At Nike Mens Kd Vi Elite Basketb,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Mens Shoes / Court Purple White Volt Shoes Nike Zoom Rival S 7 HU16L37r1b,Nike Air Lebron Slide Kicks And Colors Lebron 13 Elite Offers New Silhouette Air Lebron Slide Cheap,Nike Mens Shoes / Hyper Crimson Metallic Silver Black Shoes Nike Shox Nz HF212129z15,, 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 Lebron 13 Nike Lebron Xii 12 Ep Navy Yellow Lebron Xii Ep 008 Nike Air Akronite Lebron Galaxy S,.
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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 UK Online I5D5X Nike Air Max 1 Men's Shoes - Red/Royal Blue/White,Air Jordan 11 Men Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord 378037 107 Stadium Goods Retro Jordan 11 Shoes Retro J,Cheap UK G2N8O Nike Air Max BW Men's Shoes - White/Black, 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. Cheap UK J3S4D Nike Free 5.0+ Men's Running Shoes - Coffee/White,Air Jordan 13 Sneakers Air Jordan 13 Men Basketball Shoes Uk For Sale Air Jordan 13 White Neutral Gr,2015 Men's Stance Bandit Crew Black, 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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