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 Air Max Tr180 Amp Training Shoes Men Blue Black/Black/Light Red, 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 Air Max 90 Womens Shoes Black White Black, 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 MBT Women's Chapa Shoes - Ebony,Jordan AJ IV Cookies And Cream 705259-100 White/Black,Nike Shox Dream Womens Shoes Black Blue Silver, 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 Jordan Varsity Ele Full-Zip 683418-063 Dark Grey Heather/Team Red/Team Red, 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 Womens Puma Speed Cat Big PaleVioletRed Trainers,Kobe Green Vino 698690-012 Wolf Grey,Women's Nike Air Huarache Ultra White/Black/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 Women's Nike Air Max 95 QS ,NFL Atlanta Falcons Nike Platinum Jersey (Julio Jones) 607022-100 White/Pure Platinum/Cool Grey,Women's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 Blue Graphite/White/Classic Charcoal/Black, 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 NFL Chicago Bears Game Jersey (Jared Allen) 468947-480 Marine,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Women's NIKE FREE 3.0 FLYKNIT Black/Atomic Teal/Hyper Turquoise/Black,NFL Detroit Lions Limited Jersey (Calvin Johnson) 468921-484 Battle Blue,Women's Nike Free TR 7 Shield Light Bone/Dust/Light Bone,, 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 NFL New England Patriots Game Jersey (Tedy Bruschi) 468960-443 College Navy/Wolf Grey/University Red,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Women's Nike Metcon 3 AMP Black/Wolf Grey/Metallic Gold,NFL Philadelphia Eagles Game Jersey (Fletcher Cox) 468971-351 Sport Teal/Black,Women's Nike Zoom Cage 2 Fuchsia Flash/White/Classic Charcoal/Hot Lava,, 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 Women's Tights - Nike Pro Warm Static - Blue Lagoon/Black/Black/Black : X79i6070,Nike 8" Vapor Woven 684825-021 Dark Grey/Black/Black,Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Shoes All Black Men/Women, 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 CC Modulate Climacool Mens & Womens Brown White Orange Suede Running Shoes,Nike AF-1 "Raised On Concrete" 645170-063 Dark Grey Heather/Black/Black,New Balance 574 Fruity Pack Black White Womens & Mens Running Shoes, 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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