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 Max 90 Womens Black/Metallic Silver/Black Running Shoes V22306, 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 Naturalizer Hampshire Bridal Brown/Burnt Siena Leather, 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 New Balance WT610v4 Grey/Pink,Nike Flex Fury 2 Womens Pure Platinum/Fierce Purple/Atomic Pink/White Running Shoes V69866,Womens Shoes New Balance W645 Black/Pink Glo, 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 Men's Nike Mercurial Victory V CR TF Black/Total Crimson/White UK#N5-9595, 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 PUMA Ignite XT Core Purple Cactus Flower/Periscope/White,Nike Kids Jr Mercurial Victory Indoor Soccer Black/Hyper Punch/Black UK#N5-8731,Womens Boots Rocket Dog Tipton Black Galaxy,.
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 Slippers Rocket Dog Barstow Cream Beany,Women's Nike Darwin Hyper Turquoise/Hyper Jade/Hyper Turquoise UK#N5-9525,Womens Sandals Sam Edelman Bonnie Oxide Kid Suede Leather, 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 Jester Backpack CP91,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Shoes Sam Edelman Delilah New Nude Leopard,Creative Recreation Infant Kaplan Trainer CP501,Womens Shoes Superga 2311 Linu Sand,, 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 Junior Air Trainer 3 CP654,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Womens Boots UGG Cambridge Chestnut,Converse Nursery Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Trainer CP730,Womens Boots UGG Meadow Chocolate Suede,, 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 UGG Camellia Scarlett Suede,Jack & Jones Glenn Fox BL344 3D Vintage Jean CP868,Womens Boots Vaneli Ionna Black Suede/Cuoio Suede,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Womens Shoes Vaneli Tiffany Natural Cork/Platino Met Nappa,EA7 Train Visibility Full Zip Hooded Top CP1044,Womens Shoes Vaneli Kamil Black Nappa, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Unisex Shoes Vans SK8-Hi Slim (Fur Lining) Fig/Marshmallow,Nike Air Hooded Top CP1129,Hurley Corman 3.0, 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 Full-Zip Hoodie,Bellfield Ludlo Tech Jacket CP1242,Men's Snow Camo Track Jacket, 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. Men's adistar Wool Primeknit Tee,FILA Mauro Harrington Jacket CP1370,Running Shorts, 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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