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 Black White L52c2961 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 Vans Suede N Canvas Old Skool Blue-Grey N25x9638, 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 Discount Sale 2014 Air Jordan 28 Red Black Shoes Features Whole Foot Zoom Sneaker For Men Online In the UK online,Nike Air Force 1 High Mens Grey White S3n3510Discount Sale 2015 Air Jordan 4 IV Retro Mens Shoes Limited Edition White In the UK online, 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 Discount Sale 2016 Nike Air Jordan 11 XI Retro Totem Mens Sneakers University Blue Basketball Shoes Online In the UK online,Nike Air Force 1 Low Mens White Brown P6w3601Discount Sale 2016 Nike Flight Squad Retro Inspired Perforated Leather"Red October"University Red Mens Shoes 724986-666 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 Nike Air Force 1 Low Mens Grey Black V31u6355. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Discount Sale Air Max 2011 Netty Mens Shoes Discount pure black In the UK online,Nike Air Force 1 Low Mens Gold Beige V27t8306Discount Sale Air Max 90 Mens Shoes Cheap Wholesale white 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 Air Force 1 High Mens Red White A56z4544.
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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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