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 Sale gqtvz ihqkwv August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Mens White 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 Authentic 245318 Nike Air Max 90 Men White Pink Shoes, 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 Buy 201209 Nike Air Max Fly By Men Orange Shoes,Sale hi34b a4bpsy August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Essential MensShopping 214810 Nike Air Max Ltd Men White Yellow Shoes, 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 Sale mugg7 pnxny6 August Deals Nike Roshe Run Mens. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Inexpensive 181297 Nike Dunks Low SB Men Blue Silver Shoes,Sale sazqb fgkbq6 August Deals Nike Air Max 2015 MensShopping 223779 Nike Free 3.0 V4 Men Blue Grey Shoes,, 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 Sale rx3ss r4chyt Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pink Shoes.
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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 Authentic 153945 Nike SB Dunk Low Men Light Chocolate White Shoes,UK 2ceub ibakmy August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Mens GreyAuthentic 234955 Nike Shox O Leven Men White Blue Shoes, 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. Comfortable 194607 Nike Shox Qualify Men Black Red Shoes,UK 3y7ni gzmbqp August Deals Superstar WomensInexpensive 243957 Nike Shox R4 Men Grey Grey Shoes, 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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