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 Sb Shoes Online Dunk Low Mens Outlet Blue White, 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 Nike Mens Shoes / Black Dark Grey White Shoes Nike Shox Turbo 14 DJ63D41u, 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 Nike Mens Shoes / Black Black Chrome Shoes Nike Air Max Plus JK89F31jn,Nike SB Rabona Athletic Shoes Armory Navy / White / Gum Medium Brown / Black,Nike Mens Shoes / Anthracite Flat Opal White Anthracite Shoes Nike Toki Low UK88T619, 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 SB Mens Shoes / Medium Grey University Red Shoes Nike Sb P. Rod 7 Hyperfuse Max FG81U62f1v, 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 Nike Low Roshe Run Hyp Qs Light Weight Men Running Shoes Green Sapphire Grass Grass Green,Nike SB Mens Shoes / Black White Shoes Nike Sb P.Rod Ctd AU132921jn18,Nike Low Air Jordan Aj V.2. 2014 Men Basketball Shoes Orange,.
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 SB Mens Shoes / Anthracite Cool Grey Dusty Cactus Shoes Nike Sb Satire CS226831z1r,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Lebron James 10 black red Basketball Shoes,Nike SB Eric Koston Athletic Shoes Kids Photo Blue / Gray Wolf / Grey Wolf / Summit White,Nike Lebron 13 DB Kian Doernbecher Basketball Orange Black Freestyle QS 838989 805,, 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 SB Dunk High USA Olympic Awesome University Create Red Future Latest Court 854851-661,.
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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 Kobe XI 11 Elite Low Eulogy Hyper Grape New White Black 822675 510,Nike Roshe Run Hyperfuse Premium 2015 Men Running Shoes Hyper Punch Metallic Gold Black Gold,Nike Kobe Best Deals 11 Elite GCR Men Offer Nike Kobe Best Deals Bryant Shoes Kobe Best Deals Bryant Nike Kobe Best Deals 11 Elite Achilles Heel outlet Kicks Deals Kobe Best Deals 11 Elite Low 4KB Black Horse Green Horse, 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 Kobe 11 Elite stores GCR Men Sell Nike Kobe 11 Elite stores GCR Edition Size and Nike Officially Unveils the Kobe 11 Sole Collector Nike Kobe 9 EM Low,Nike Roshe One SE Mens Shoes Grey,Nike Kobe 11 Elite GCR Men Nike Kobe 11 EM Carpe Diem Authentic Lands This Weekend Kobe 11 Elite 4KB kevin Durant Shoes Nike KB Mentality Size 11 Mens Shoes Shoes, 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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