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 Pretty Green Festival Jacket CP1501 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 Shoes adidas Volley Team 3 White/Silver Metallic/Collegiate Navy, 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 adidas Golf adiZero Sport III Night Flash/Amazon Purple/Lucky Pink,Pop Boutique Harrington Jacket CP1492Womens Shoes adidas Running Response Boost 2 Techfit White/Frozen Green, 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.
The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's The North Face La Paz Hooded Jacket CP1525 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 Shoes Aerosoles Redwood Tan Patent,The North Face Quest Insulated Hooded Jacket CP1527Womens Boots ALDO Lyttle Khaki,.
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 ALDO Reinelle Bone,Threadbare Mongrel V2 Hooded Quilt Jacket CP1539Womens Shoes ALDO Teige Champagne, 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 The North Face 1985 Mountain Fly Jacket CP1521. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Sandals Anne Klein Karol Pewter Sparkle Elastic,Nike Flex Fury Womens Black/Wolf Grey/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V37440Womens Shoes Anne Klein Petrica Black Suede,, 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 Bellfield Blanda Roll Neck Knit CP1785.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Womens Shoes Anne Klein Kallima Black Fabric,Condemned Nation Triple Knitted Cardigan CP1788Womens Shoes ASICS Gel-Cumulus 16 Black/Onyx/Silver,, 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 Womens Shoes Badgley Mischka Thora Navy Satin/Chiffon,Duck & Cover Brady Pocket Knit Jumper CP1792Womens Shoes Badgley Mischka Alter Ivory Satin,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Womens Shoes C Label Lychee-1 Black,Henri Lloyd Hawley Crew Neck Knit CP1816Womens Boots Calvin Klein Keana Dark Red Leather, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Womens Boots Calvin Klein Jeans Melina Tan Leather,Jack & Jones Lucas Noos Roll Neck Knit CP1830Womens Sandals Calvin Klein Lucette Cocoon Patent, 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 Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Galice Black/Black,Brave Soul Conway Skinny Denim Short CP2093Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Calayla Gold/Sand Gold Canvas/Leather, 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 Calvin Klein Karel Cocoon/Black Haircalf/Leather,Condemned Nation Mcrae Short CP2106Womens Boots CARLOS by Carlos Santana Harper Titanium, 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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