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 Cheap 196424 Nike Shox R4 Men Black Pink 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 Messi 15.1 Fg Boys Grade School Black/Solar Green/Solar Red Soccer Shoes V27797, 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 Grade School Black/White/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V35153,Comfortable 234512 Nike Shox Rivalry Men White Orange Shoes,Adidas Crazy 8 Mens White Basketball Shoes V86042, 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 Adidas Barricade Team 4 Womens White/Frozen Yellow/Midnight Indigo Tennis Shoes V91308,Shopping 203634 Nike Zoom Kobe VIi Men White Black Gold Shoes,Nike Air Max 2016 Womens Copa/Blue Lagoon/Vivid Purple/Black Running Shoes V48120, 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 Authentic 189250 Puma Future Cat Super Lt Men Black Blue Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Flex Fury Womens Vivid Purple/Copa/Blue Lagoon/Black Running Shoes V84820,Inexpensive 165139 Adidas Yeezy 350 Unisex Grey/Black White Shoes,Nike Roshe One Womens Midnight Navy/Metallic Blue Dusk/Silver/Blue Running Shoes V65139,, 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 Cheap 193436 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Black Red Shoes,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Men's Nike Tiempo Genio Leather IC Black/Black UK#N5-9623,Shopping 171598 Adidas Springblade Razor Women Blue Orange Shoes,Nike Kids Tri Fusion Run Black/Dark Grey/Metallic Silver/White UK#N5-9155,, 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 Condemned Nation Woody Bomber Jacket CP1308,Shopping 192605 Nike Air Force 1 Women White Silver Khaki Shoes,Jack & Jones Craig Parka Jacket CP1421, 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. Henri Lloyd Garey Roll Neck Knit CP1814,Cheap 153835 Nike Air Force 1 Women Red Light Bone Shoes,Publish Carson Short CP2197, 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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