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 2017 Top Nike Shoes 2016 Men's Nike Sb Zoom Stefan Janoski Blue Shoes Canada CMR4402189, 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?
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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 2017 White And Pink Nikes Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite Td Court Purple/Black/University Gold Shoes Canada OTZ7001342,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Cheap Lebron James 9 Low Cyber Obsidian Cyber White Blue Grey 518811 401,2017 White Trainers Nike Men's Nike Air Flight Huarache White/Court Purple/Yellow Shoes Canada NME5202795,Cheap Lebron James Soldier 10 Black University Red White,, 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 2017 Www Nike Com Store Men's Nike Magista Obra Bhm Fg Black/Racer Blue/Green Strike/White Shoes Canada JUV2702400,.
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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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