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 Mitchell & Ness NBA Iridescent Slate Snapback Mens Basketball Accessories Boston Celtics Slate Grey, 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 Adidas Originals Superstar 80s Deluxe Pack White/Red G54n3729, 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 Adidas Originals Suede Gazelle OG Blue I96n8516,New Era MLB 9Fifty Team Flag Snapback Mens Baseball Accessories New York Yankees Navy G99q1764 Onli,Nike Air Huarache Light Premium Trainer Black B28n4568, 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 Nike Air Max 90 EM Mens Blue Green Online H41y2499,New Era NFL Sideline Sport Knit Mens Football Accessories New Orleans Saints Light Grey S74m5611 Go,Nike Air Max 90 Men Black White Green K95v3411, 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 Era NFL Sideline Sport Knit Mens Football Accessories Detroit Lions Multi E10z5885 Online Witho,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max 90 Mens Black Royalblue I47e3095,adidas Cool Run Gloves Mens Running Accessories Black R99w6257 Great,Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse QS Mens Grey Blue Orange P12p1232,, 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 Under Armour Gore Windstopper Run Neck Gaiter Mens Running Accessories Black/Black/Reflective H83q6,.
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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 Nike Free OG Breathe iD Mens Fluorescence Green Gray Shoes X90k2045,Firetrap Bouncer Worker Boots Brown - Men's Shoes,Nike Free 5.0 Mens Green Fluorescence Green Shoes I63k3763, 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. Nike Free Run 3 Mens Sequoia Electric Green Shoes A86j5774,Onfire Leather Desert Boots Brown - Men's Shoes,Nike Roshe Run Suede Mens Black White Silver Shoes Z84f3359, 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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