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 Womens Shoes Nike Lunaracer+ 3 Voltage Green/Blue Lagoon/White/Black 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 Womens Slippers UGG Dakota Flora Perf Chestnut Water Resistant Suede, 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 Womens Boots Vaneli Lana Black Suede/Black Elastic/Mtch Zip,Womens Shoes Nike Free Viritous Deep Royal Blue/Mulberry/Tide Pool Blue/Wolf GreyWomens Sandals Vaneli Berdine Multi Fushia Blix Squama/Clear Vinyl, 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 Womens Shoes Nike Flex 2015 RN Flash Noble Purple/Vivid Purple/Hyper Orange/Metallic Silver 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 Womens Shoes Vaneli Baccy Black Suede/Silver Studs,Womens Shoes Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Dark Grey/Bright Crimson/Wolf Grey/Metallic Cool GreyWomens Shoes Vaneli Deirdre Truffle Molly Rodi/Match Elastic,.
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 Womens Shoes Vaneli Bonie Black Suede/Gold Studs,Womens Shoes Nike Roshe One Print Deep Garnet/Gym Red/Very Berry/BlackUnisex Shoes Vans SK8-Hi Reissue (Twill & Gingham) Black/True White, 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 Womens Shoes Nike Genicco Print Black/Wolf Grey/White. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Elite Cuff,Womens Shoes Nike In-Season TR 5 Deep Royal Blue/Fuchsia Glow/Blue Lagoon/WhiteTraining PWRSHAPE Bra,, 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 Womens Shoes Nike Tanjun Hyper Turquoise/White/Racer Blue.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Course Enemies Graphic,Womens Shoes Nike Revolution 3 Voltage Green/Dark Grey/White/Hyper PinkNike Short Fairway Drive,, 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.
And I just completely disappeared into my run Women’s Mesh Hoodie,Womens Shoes Nike Free Cross Compete Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/Opti Yellow/BlackACTIVE 600 Women's StretchLight Down Jacket,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Men's Training Full-Zip Hoodie,Womens Shoes Nike Zoom Cage 2 Chalk Blue/Voltage Green/Dark Purple Dust/WhiteWomen's Climaheat Frost Jacket, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Golf Space Dye Stripe Polo,Womens Shoes Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 PRT Black/Bright Crimson/Atomic Pink/BlackNike Tempo Allover Print, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.
Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Active Training Woven Shorts,Womens Shoes Nike Free 5.0 Black/Chalk Blue/Hyper OrangeRunning Women’s NightCat Shorts, 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. 2016 U.S. Match Away,Womens Shoes Nike Golf Lunar Control Pure Platinum/Pink Pow/Classic CharcoalNike Brushed-Fleece Flash Crew, 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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