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 Zoom Hyperflight Prm Women Basketball Shoes Green, 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 Oxfords & Lace-Ups Men Mike Konos Leather Oxford Burgundy Best Buy, 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 Oxfords & Lace-Ups Men Giorgio Brutini Royce Wingtip Oxford Taupe/Black Really,Nike Womens Shoes / Grey Multi Shoes Nike Dual Fusion Run 2 Running Shoes RD186112z17,Oxfords & Lace-Ups Men Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoe Taupe/Brown/Orange/Black Super, 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 Nike Shox Turbo 12 Xii Women Running Shoes White Purple, 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 Off White x Kyrie 4 Sneaker Black/White,Nike Roshe Run Womens - 90243 Online Sale,Nine West Black Suede Evahm WCO562397,.
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 Nike Zoom Lebron Xi 11 Men Baseball Shoes Black Bronze Black Bronze,Nike Retro Air Jordan Women Basketball Shoes Grey,nike zoom kobe viii mens black purple grey royal Shoes, 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 Nike Retro Air Jordan 13 Xiii Women Basketball Shoes Black Red,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Zoom Kd V 5 Men Basketball Shoes Red White,Nike Nike Air Max Thea - Sport Fuchsia & Prism Pink - NI126SF56GRJ - Women's Sneakers,Nike Wmns Nike Roshe One Kjcrd 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.
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 Lunar Glide +4 Women Running Shoes Green,.
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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 Nike Retro Air Jordan Iv 4 Men Basketball Shoes Grey,Nike Free Run 5.0 Womens shoes Olympic Running Pink Grey - 91759 Fashion,Nike Retro Air Jordan 11 Xi 2015 Color Men Basketball Shoes All Red, 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. Nike Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Leather - Wolf Grey Soar & Sail - NI126SF58PLD - Men's Sneakers,nike free run 3 womens - 90542 Online,Nike MercurialX Finale IC Men's Soccer Shoes Black/Anthracite/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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