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 Presto BR QS (S51k5252) - Black/Black White - Nike Men Shoes Online, 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 Air Jordan 14 Sneakers Nike Brings Air Jordan 14 Low Retro Laney Once More Air Jordan 13 Authentic J, 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 Air Jordan 3 Air Jordan 3 Retro Gs Black Mint Green Cement Grey Hypebeast Nike Jordan Retro Sale Up,Nike NikeLab Dunk Lux Low (X60g6562) - Arctic Orange White - Nike Men Shoes Online,Air Jordan 4 Sneakers Footlocker Jordan Retro 4 Men S Questions Answers Nike Jordan Retro 4 Shoes Ni, 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 Nike Roshe Daybreak NM (U55y9185) - Red Earth/White/Orange - Nike Men Shoes Online, 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 Air Jordan Flight 89 Men Cheap Mens Air Jordan Flight 89 Retro Shoes Red Nike Air Flight 89 Newest J,Nike Bruin (M88q5941) - Hasta/White - Nike Men Shoes Online,Air Jordan Melo 11 Scarpe Jordan Melo 11 Uomo Outlet Italia Scontate Prezzo Air Jordan Melo M11 Bask,.
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.
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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 Blazer Mid-Top Premium (I97y5116) - Black/White White Gum Light Brown - Nike Men Shoes Online,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Air Jordan 14 Kids Air Jordan Xiv Light Graphite Midnight Navy Black Complex Jordan Retro One Get Me,Nike Air Max '90 Premium (X67m5451) - Dark Cayenne/Cognac Gold Suede - Nike Men Shoes Online,Nike Air Max 90 Kids Colorful Nike Air Max Foot Locker Nike Air Max Shoes Deals Nike Air Max Thea Sh,, 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 Mid SP Tisci (S73b3627) - Black/Baroque Brown - Nike Men Shoes Online,.
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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 Adidas F50 Adizero Tf Adidas F50 Adizero Sg Boots Red Adidas Uk Adidas F50 Adizero Infants Astro Tur,Puma Suede x Trapstar (N54i4398) - Puma Black/Puma White - Puma Men Shoes Online,Nike Hypervenom Phantom Fg Nike Hypervenom Phantom Fg Acc Men Cleats Uk For Sale Nike Hypervenom Pha, 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 Magista Obra Fg Kids Nike Magista Football Boots At Sports Direct Lithuania Nike Magista Obra A,Puma B.O.G Limitless Hi evoKNIT (V31r3970) - Burnt Olive/Black - Puma Men Shoes Online,Nike Mercurial Superfly Fg Cristiano Ronaldo Speed Room Nike Mercurial Superfly V Cheap Soccer Cleat, 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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