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 Vans Atwood Deluxe - Trainers - Navy/Guatemala Z36s1713 Loved, 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 VANS CLASSIC SLIP ON PERF LEATHER /PORT ROYALE MEN'S SHOES 13 [M38i7059], 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 VANS ERA 59 SHOES TRAINERS SKATER SHOES WASHED C&L BLACK VN-0 ZMSFQ6 AUTHENTIC [W90h5187],Vans Old Skool - Trainers - True White S84w3301 store for sale clearance,VANS MEN CLASSIC SLIP ON SNEAKER BLACK [Y6u2173], 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 Air Jordan 10 Retro White/Black-Dark Powder Blue Sneakers 3125788, 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 VANS MULTI EYELETS AUTHENTIC CHEETAH BLACK MEN SHOES 4MLJOX [J35u7719],Nike Air Jordan 12 Retro Suede Black White Sneakers 3125886,NEW VANS SK8-HI 50TH ANNI.RE-ISSUE PRO CHECKERED GREY NAVY '83 SKATE SZ 10.5 [G67k3798],.
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 VANS SK8 HI REISSUE CA (VINTAGE SUNFADE) TRUE RED MEN'S SKATE SHOES SIZE 10 [T61k9750],Nike Air Jordan 2 Retro White/Metallic Silver-Natural Grey Sneakers 3125999,VANS SK8-HI PRO - RED DAHLIA WHITE [R96d8846], 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 Air Jordan 3 Glow in the Dark Sole Black Sneakers 3126062,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, VINTAGE DEADSTOCK LA GEAR SKATE SKATEBOARDING SHOES SIZE 9.5 VANS SK8 HI AIRWALK [L64w9187],Nike Air Jordan 4 IV Bred Python Sneakers 3126192,VANS VAULT X LONDON UNDERCOVER SK8-HI MTE CUP LX TAN/BRITISH CAMO SZ 10.5 [A76v1841],, 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 Air Jordan 6 White/Carmine-Black Sneakers 3126283,.
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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 Rosherun Roshe Run Print Tie Dye Rainbow,Nike Air Max 90 Mens Yellow Orange Sneakers 3127151,Nike Air Max Rise Supreme New Orleans Hornets David West PE, 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. Classic Nike Shoes,Nike Air Max 95 EM Mens Gray White Sneakers 3127276,Nike Roshe One Print Casual Shoes White / Black / Cool Grey, 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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