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 Yepme Mens Casual Shoes Beige, 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 Reebok Womens X Face Stockholm Classic Leather Spirit Shoes Modesty/White/Energy G57791, 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 Reebok Womens Furylite Slip-on Lux Shoes Night Beacon/Atomic Red/White/Black G57883,Nice Adidas Adria Spezial - Chalk White / Surf Blue / White Vapour Footwear,Womens Light Onyx/White Adidas Originals Stan Smith Sneakers G56360, 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 Authentic Nike FREE RUN+ 3 RUNNING FORCE REFLECT 510643 644 Pink Silver 75II363 for Women,Low Price Reebok Ventilator Wb Endurance Blue / Blue Pool / Solar Pink / White / Silver Footwear,Best Selling Reebok SALE INSTAPUMP FURY CELEBRATE WMNS V70094 White gold 50WO-3491 for Women, 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 Low Price Adidas Adipower Sport Boost - Clear Grey / Silver Met. / Flash Red Footwear,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Buy Nike 2005 Air Force 1 PUERTO RICO 6 VI RARE Size 6Y or 7.5 htm YP78136 for Women,Popularity Adidas Rita Ora Superstar Up - Ftwr White / Core Black Footwear,Cheap price Nike [ AIR MAX 95 PREMIUM SNEAKERS ARMORY NVY S Black QR71495 for Women,, 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 Fashion Reebok Cardio Ultra White Footwear,.
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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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