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 Preferences Leather Brown Men Trainer Unsung Hero Unsung Hero Ripon, 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 Adidas Shoes Adidas Stan Smith Shoes Brown White Green No.3536, 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 Adidas Shoes Adidas Originals Stan Smith Shoes Gray No.3506,Popular Hot Sell Discount Air Max 90 VT Mens Shoes Brown Wh,Womens Adidas Shoes Adidas Neo Lite Racer Shoes Black No.3207, 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 UK Classic combination - Women Asics Gel Muse Fit Penguin Raspberry Limeade shoe stores, 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 Women Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 8 & Core Grey,UK Free delivery - Puma Faas XLite Women Golf Shoes Clearwater-Blue Coral-White,Women Adidas ACE15.4 Firm Ground & Core White,.
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 Wholesale Adidas Marathon Men Womens Running Shoes at Adidas marathon 10 ng m ASICS Men's GEL 1170 Running Shoe Shoes Boston Marathon Shoes adidas,UK Low prices - Puma Cell Riaze Mesh Women Running Shoes White-Puma Silver,well-designed Game White Women Cheap Good-feeling Customized New York Jets Newest Jersey Nike, 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 UK Official authorized - Vans Iridescent Eyelets Authentic Womens Shoes Florida Keys,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, UK.Shoes Nike Air Presto ID Women Nike Air Presto SneakerFiles Nike Air Presto Triple White SneakerFiles Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit hanon,UK Original Product - Vans 50th Era 59 Womens Shoes Stv Navy/Gold,UK.Shoes Adidas Superstar W adidas Originals Women's Superstar Slip On W Black and adidas Originals Superstar 80s Nigo Hvit Sneakers,, 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 UK Quality assurance - Vans Authentic Lo Pro Womens Shoes White/True White,.
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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 Ryka Womens Shoes / Grey Silver Girls Shoes Ryka Influence Aerobic Shoes HU556572b15,Air Jordans Cheap Nike Air Jordan 13 Womens Love Respect,Running Men Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5 Women's Running Shoes - SS15 Red 2017, 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. River Island Tan Women Ghillie Lace Up Wedge&Nbsp Cozy,Cheap Air Max 2016 Womens Black Blue White,Reliable Pale Blue Ted Baker Scarf Long Silk Women, 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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