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 103 Sexy cheap Nike Running Shoes Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Mens Chalk White and Flash Green Game Royal 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 Eminence EPS 12C 12" 225 watt 4ohm Pedal Steel Guitar Speaker, 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 PAIR PACK (2 x) Celestion Vintage 30 Guitar Speakers 8ohm,006 Sexy cheap Nike Running Shoes Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Mens Black and Bright Crimson Volt Reflect GreCelestion V12-60 Silver Series Classic Guitar Speaker 8ohm, 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 Pegasus33 Mens Sexy cheap Nike Running Shoes Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Core Black and Volt and Running Whi. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Stan Smith Gradient Buckle Men Series White Blue,Sexy cheap Nike Running Shoes Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Mens White and Lime Green Royal Blue BlackAdidas Outdoor Daroga Two 11 CC Shoes in Blue,, 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.
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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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