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 Men's Boot Nike SFB 6" Bomber 862506-200 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 Women's Shoe Nike Free RN Flyknit 831070-100, 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 Women's Shoe Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 818677-400,Men's Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat Nike Hypervenom Phantom II FG 747213-703Women's Shoe Nike Zoom Winflo 3 831562-600, 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 Men's Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat Nike HyperVenom II Phinish NJR x Jordan FG 820122-106 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 Nike Roshe One Boys Grade School Black/Clay Orange/Summit White Running Shoes V14884,JORDAN ILLUSION Wolf Grey/Black/Wolf GreyNike Huarache Run Girls Grade School Black/Volt/Pink Pow/Photo Blue/White Running Shoes V30307,.
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 Crazy Light Boost Mens White/Black/Red Basketball Shoes V88328,Men's Basketball Shoe Nike Zoom HyperRev 2016 820224-071Adidas D Rose 5 Boost Mens Cardboard/Light Brown/Night Brown Basketball Shoes V43397, 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 Men's Football Cleat Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 833385-404. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 Mens Black/White/Solar Red Running Shoes V36422,Men's Golf Shoe Nike Air Zoom 90 IT 844569-101Adidas Pure Boost Mens Base Green/Black Running Shoes V11788,, 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 Men's Football Cleat Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 833385-002.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Adidas Voloomix Mens Black/Vivid Red Slippers V29755,Men's Golf Shoe Nike Flyknit Chukka 819009-400Adidas Barricade Team 4 Mens Clear Grey/Tech Silver Metallic/Midnight Grey Tennis Shoes V44710,, 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 Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 7 Womens Clear Sky/White/Lucky Blue Running Shoes V45439,MEN'S NIKE AIR MAX 2015 698902-020Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra Womens Hyper Turquoise/White Running Shoes V59335, 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. Nike Air Max 2016 Womens Bright Crimson/University Red/Bright Mango/Black Running Shoes V41879,MEN'S NIKE BASKETBALL SHOE NIKE ZOOM LEBRON SOLDIER 8 FLYEASE 805894-476Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Vivid Purple/Hyper Orange/Black Running Shoes V85306, 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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