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 Nike Air Force 1 Low Mens Dark Grey/Light Brown/Gum Light Brown Sports Shoes G56627 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 Reebok Brand New Club C Athletic Fashion Sneakers  KB72118 for Men, 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 Authorization Nike AIR JORDAN REVEAL SZ 11 RETRO TRAINER 3 6 5 8 11 12 White 83VU968 for Men,Mens Nike Air Max 90 White/Hyper Cobalt/Black Sneakers G56588Base Price Nike DUNK HIGH SB WARMTH SIZE 8US-11US Black 41718096 for Men, 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 Mens Nike Air Max 90 Wolf Grey/Challenge Red/Summit White/Dark Grey Running Shoes G56591 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 Best price Air Jordan 14 Low Laney LA94491 for Men,Nike Air Force 1 Low Mens Black/Aluminum/Blue Legend/White Sports Shoes G56611Best price Vans Tesella (Crackle) Dress Blues OTW Skate SIZE 10.5 White BL95785 for Men,.
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 Best Selling Nike NEW TRAIN SPEED 4 CROSS TRAINING TRAINERS INDUSTRIAL CHLO Blue YE73974 for Men,Nike Air Force 1 Low Sports Shoes Pure Platinum/White/Gum Light Brown Mens G56675Best-selling Nike Air-Griffey-Max-1 GV75836 for Men, 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 Nike Air Force 1 Low Sports Shoes Black/Clear/Black Mens G56673. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Big Discount Asics GEL LYTE V 5 SZ 11.5 JAPANESE DENIM OKAYAMA PACK SELVEDGE HN6D3 9090 Black 45PR-8141 for Men,Nike Air Force 1 Low Sports Shoes White/Court Purple/Tour Yellow Mens G56679Big discount Patrick Ewing 33 MID Gum 1EW90144-343 Limited Edition Green Navy 78NK-6330 for Men,, 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 Air Force 1 Low Running Shoes Black/White Mens G56652.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Big Savings Air Jordan 6 Infrared 23 Yellow 79ST-4038 for Men,Nike Air Force 1 Low Trainers Stealth/Dark Grey Mens G56685Brilliant Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Low - Unlimited 48QG930 for Men,, 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.
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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 Charms Air Jordan 18 SUPER RARE! Released Nov. 2003 M Black White 35GB319 for Men,Nike Air Max 2014 Running Shoes Mens Light Gray/Red G56692Cheap Air Jordan Retro 1 Low ' ' Size 11 Turquoise 18LH691 for Men, 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. Cheap Merrell Capra Rise Outdoors Adventure Sneakers Grey Black 38UF088 for Men,Nike Air Max 2016 Mens Dark Grey/Sail/University Red/Cool Grey Sneakers G56761Cheap Online Nike NEW TRAIN SPEED 4 AMP TORCH CROSS TRAINING TRAINERS BRIG Black Metallic Silver EB69396 for Men, 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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