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 Onex Womens Shoes / Chocolate Shoes Onex Madeline Sandals FE23513071e, 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 Pantofi De Golf Under Armour Tempo Hybrid Barbati Negrii (233456WOQ), 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 Package Nike Tiempo Legend V AG Your Favorite Voetbalschoenen Nike Tiempo Legacy V Nike Tiempo Legacy Ag Nike Tiempo Wikipedia the free encyclopedia,Off white x Nike Air top Quality VaporMax Women Men Sandals Black Where to buy 850588-001,Package Kevin Durant 8 Shoes Where can i buy kevin durant nike elite socks, 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 Nike Zoom Elite 8 Women White/Black/Volt Running Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Outdoors Men Keen Newport H2 Walking Sandals - SS15 Brown 100% True,Nike Womens Shoes / Black Turquoise Shoes Nike Dual Fusion Run 3 Running Sneakers YR369876k1b,Online Cheap Nike Hyperdunk 2014 XDR Royal Blue/White For Sale,, 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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Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Nike USC Trojans Black College Warp KO Performance Hoodie IPK606252,Nike Retro Air Jordan 10 X 2015 Women Basketball Shoes Cement Grey Black Tropical Teal,Nike Sunray Adjust 4 Girls Sandals Black/Anthracite/White, 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 Shoes Air Max 2014 Mens Light Gray Orange,Nike Nike Air Max 1 Print - Rattan Sail & Sunset Glow - NI126SF40PHZ - Women's Sneakers,Nike SB Mens Shoes / Team Red Black White Shoes Nike Sb Zoom Stefan Janoski TE81Gr14, 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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