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 179080 Nike Shox R4 Men White Red 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 Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School Black/Metallic Red Bronze/White Running Shoes V21894, 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 Huarache Run Girls Grade School Wolf Grey/White/Cool Grey/Hyper Pink Running Shoes V99792,Cheap 235264 Nike Shox Rivalry Men Grey Grey Shoes,Adidas D Lillard 2.0 Mens Gold/Dark Grey/Green Glow Basketball Shoes V56017, 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.
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 Nike Air Huarache Womens Rio Teal/Rio Teal/Black Running Shoes V72693,Shopping 228414 Puma Cell Jago 6 Men Red Black Shoes,Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Black/White Running Shoes V32326, 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 Discount 209285 Puma Ferrari Firstlap Sf Men White Blue Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Juvenate Womens Loyal Blue/University Red/Bright Crimson Running Shoes V62383,Inexpensive 218101 Puma Suede Classic Men Navy Blue Red Shoes,Men's Nike Air Pegasus 83 Black/Anthracite/Fleet Silver/White UK#N5-9344,, 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 Comfortable 228274 Asics Street Conbest Unisex Navy Blue Green Shoes,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Kids Sunray 9 Lyon Blue/Midnight Navy/Blue Lagoon/White UK#N5-9518,Authentic 187287 Asics Sportstyle Gt 2 Unisex Black Shoes,Women's Nike Elite Shinsen Wolf Grey/Cool Grey/Sail/Fuchsia Glow UK#N5-9051,, 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 Good For Nothing Middletown Tech Parka Jacket CP1395,Comfortable 201533 New Balance W1600 Women Shoes,The North Face La Paz Hooded Jacket CP1528, 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. Ellesse Triester Poly Tape Short CP2133,Buy 167381 Nike Air Max Women Charcoal Pink Pow Total Orange White Shoes,Sik Silk Retro Swim Short CP2337, 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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