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 VANS U OLD SKOOL BLACK GUM MENS CANVAS SKATE SNEAKERS SHOES [F17m8537] 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 LUKE MEIER SYNDICATE [L28g6077], 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 SHOES - AUTHENTIC - LEMON CHROME-BLACK [O15e2966],VANS VULCANIZED BLUE/CHARCOAL MENS SHOES SIZE 9.5 NIB SUEDE TOE AND HEEL *SALE [B57d1337]VANS SHOES AUTHENTIC , 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 VANS VAN DOREN AUTHENTIC SZ 8 PARROT LIGHT BLUE VN 0SCQ7SR [C66m7710] 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 VANS SK8-HI CLASSICS PIG SUEDE FLEECE MONK'S ROBE BLANC [T27z2334],VINTAGE VANS USA BLACK CHECKERED CANVAS SKATE SKATEBOARDING SNEAKERS SHOES SZ 12 [E33a7802]VANS SK8-HI MTE MTE BLACK/TEJIDO CHEVR,.
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 VANS SK8-HI REISSUE MEN US 10 BLACK SNEAKERS 2492 [D19t2873],BRAND NEW MENS BOMBER BLACK VANS ALOMAR TENNIS SHOES 11 [A11m4769]VANS SK8-HI REISSUE VN0003CAHWM SURPLUS PORT ROYALE SIZE: 10.5 [K72g5617], 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 WTAPS VANS NO GUTS NO GLORY SYNDICATE SK8-HI [A16z5358]. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, VINTAGE VANS SLIP ON BASS FLAKE CHECKER SHOES SIZE 8 SKATE SUPREME SURF WTAPS [I43q3206],BRAND NEW MENS BOMBER BLACK VANS ALOMAR TENNIS SHOES SIZE 6.5 [G73e9165]VANS VAULT SK8 HI LX BLACK LEATHER SIZE 7 NIB [U86b8304],, 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 SNEAKERS VANS .
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. VANS X CLASSICKICKS NYC CHUKKA BOOT LX SZ 10.5 COFFEE PLAID LIMITED EDITION 2007 [Y42p2287],VANS ALOMAR MEN US 13 GRAU TURNSHOES 4372 [J36v7445]Nike Max Air Vapor Backpack Black Volt Silver (BA4883-058),, 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.
And I just completely disappeared into my run Nike SB Embarca Medium Backpack Game Royal White Navy,VANS ALOMAR BOAT SHOE SNEAKER MEN'S BROWN/ANTIQUE VN-0 VNBDJ8 [C96l2581]Nike AS Air Jordan 23/7 Full Zip Fleece Hoody Jacket Black,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Nike Air Footscape Woven Motion Granite Volt Multi Color,VANS ALOMAR MTE BOAT SHOE SNEAKER MEN'S BROWN SKATER WINTER UN-O XA8GTF [G85b9460]Nike Air Force 1 Low All-Star 2011 Orange County, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid White Cement Fire Red True Blue,VANS ALOMAR MTE OFF THE WALL BROWN ANTIQUE [E19c6361]Nike Air Jordan 12 XII Retro Cool Grey Team Orange, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.
Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High CP3 Navy University Blue White,VANS ALOMAR WASHED SUEDE SHOES TRAINERS MEN'S BLUES BLAU BLUE VN-0 KX06GZ [R55w9384]Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Moire Metallic Cool Grey Gym Red, 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 Air Max 90 LTR Obsidian Wolf Grey Gold,VANS ALOMAR OFF THE WALL STEELHEAD BROWN [R9e8918]Nike Zoom Sonic Flight Black Purple Yellow (641333-001), 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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