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 Buy 239056 Nike Lunar Rejuven8 Mid Men Brown Olives White Shoes, 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 Adidas D Rose 5 Boys Toddler Light Scarlet/Solar Blue/Black Basketball Shoes V62177, 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 Roshe One Boys Preschool University Red/Black/White Running Shoes V82158,Shopping 189785 Nike Lunar Rejuven8 Mid Men Green White Black Shoes,Nike Air Max Bw Boys Grade School Black/Persian Violet/White Running Shoes V23745, 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 Cheap 196424 Nike Shox R4 Men Black Pink Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max 2016 Womens Anthracite/Chalk Blue/Cool Grey/Reflective Silver Running Shoes V10812,Discount 193623 Nike Shox Rivalry Men White Pink Shoes,Nike Flex Run 2015 Flash Womens Black/Wolf Grey/Green Glow/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V38171,, 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 Discount 174839 Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Tb Men Black Shoes,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Shox Nz Womens Metallic Silver/Vivid Purple/Fuchsia Glow Running Shoes V63658,Inexpensive 175872 Nike Zoom Kobe IV Men Black White Shoes,Men's Nike Free Trainer 3.0 Turbo Green/White/Volt UK#N5-9492,, 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 Antony Morato Leather-look Panel Jacket CP1207,Buy 229179 Air Jordan 13 (Xiii) Unisex Black Red Shoes,Ellesse Gianpaolo Down Fill Jacket CP1361, 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. The North Face Quest Jacket CP1535,Discount 171246 Nike Roshe Run Unisex White Shoes,Alphalab Stealth Camouflage Jog Short CP2072, 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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