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 Adidas Springblade Ignite Running Shoes Men Red/Black/Blue, 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 Nike Lunarglide 6 Hyper Cobalt Black Volt, 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 Nike Rosherun Mid QS City Pack Tokyo Hasta Seaweed Hit Punch,Nike Air Max 09 Jacquard Running Shoes Men Royal Blue/Obsidian/Black,Nike Sky Force 88 Mid Leather Hiker Pack Black Midnight Fog (472697-001), 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 Free Rn Flyknit Running Shoes Men Black/White, 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 MENS ADIDAS ORIGINALS CAMPUS CLEAR ONIX CASUAL SHOES MEN 'S SELECT YOUR SIZE,Nike Zoom Structure 19 Flash Running Shoes Men Blue/Silver/Blue,MENS ADIDAS ORIGINALS CAMPUS ADICOLOR ASHBLU CASUAL SHOES MEN 'S SELECT YOUR SIZE,.
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 Adidas NMD_R2 Boost Black / White men 's size 10.5 ART CG3384,Reebok Zprint Run Running Shoes Men Grey/Silver/White/Black,adidas Dame 4 IV Dame Time Core Black Damian Men Basketball Shoes Sneaker BW1518, 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 Benassi Jdi Mismatch Slippers Men Red/Black,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, adidas Mens Energy BOOST AKTIV Running Shoes Trainers Sneakers White Sports,Nike Free Trainer Versatility Training Shoes Men Black/White/Green/Pink,Adidas Originals Campus Black Black Noir BZ0079 Men,, 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 Jordan AJIV Stencil Pullover 642584-063 Dark Grey Heather/Black,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. [Adidas] CM7771 Novak Pro Djokovic Running Men Tennis Shoes Sneakers Navy,Jordan Bomber 653434-010 Black/Black,Men 's adidas Superstar Triple Casual Shoes Black/Black/Black AF5666 BLK,, 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.
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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 ADIDAS ORIGINALS TUBULAR X PK Primeknit High Trainers Shoes Leisure,NFL Carolina Panthers Game Jersey (Cam Newton) 468946-010 Black/Tidal Blue,adidas Originals O by O Alyasha Werecat, 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. Adidas CM7636 Men outdoor TERREX Trace Rocker shoes black grey sneakers,NFL Denver Broncos Game Jersey (Wes Welker) 468951-844 Brilliant Orange/College Navy,Shoes Online - Hamburg "Core 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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