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 Paul Smith Shoe Nevsky Suede Brogues Navy R76d6054 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 Nike Shox Agent Mens Black Green N66n9626, 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 Vans Authentic Lite LONY Low Unisex Shoe C29k6310,Ralph Lauren Hanford Leather Trainers Black D24t2936Vans Authentic Lite LONY Mid Unisex Shoe H42a2902, 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 adidas Originals Topanga Suede Grey / Red Q65c6122 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 Discount Sale 2015 Air Jordan 11 XI Retro Low Aqua White Turbo Green Volt Ice Black For Cheap Sale Online In the UK online,Adidas Originals Formel 1 Suede Trainers Mineral Blue/Talc I28i9445Discount Sale 2015 Latest Nike Air Max Zero QS 87 Retro Mens Running Shoes White Gray Red Online In the UK online,.
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 Discount Sale 2015 Latest Nike Roshe Run Flyknit Mens Running Shoes Outlet Sapphire Orange In the UK online,Adidas Originals Superstar 80s Deluxe Pack Vintage White/Green C31k7531Discount Sale 2015 New Nike Air Max 95 360 Mens Shoes Blue Light Blue In the UK online, 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 New Balance 420 Pigskin/Ripstop Trainers Burgundy/Navy D58m3007. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Discount Sale 2015 Nike Air Jordan Eclipse"Grey Red Gris Rouge"Bugs Bunny AJ Sneakers Mens Sports Shoes Grey Red 724010004 In the UK online,Nike Roshe Run Black/Blue K96t8174Discount Sale 2015 Nike Free Run 5.0 V5 Men Shoes Dark Grey Yellow In the UK online,, 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 Nike Roshe Run Grey Y41f9330.
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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 Discount Sale Discount Nike Blazer Low Men's Premium Vintage Suede Gym Red-Royal In the UK online,adidas Originals ZX 8000 Boost Onyx Z100c1186Discount Sale Hot Sale Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Mens Shoes Fur Online Shopping Black Yellow In the UK online, 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. Discount Sale Men's Air Griffey Max Shoes in 24396 In the UK online,Polo Ralph Lauren Harvey Canvas Trainers Navy X61t1874Discount Sale New Air Jordan 4 IV Retro Mens Shoes Fur Winter Cool Grey In the UK online, 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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