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 Weekend Discount - AUTHENTIC Nike Air Max 2016 Print Total Orange Black 818135 800 Running men sz 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 100% original Under Armour Curry 3 - Steel Team Royal Carloina Blue Light 14UR-0771 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 100% Satisfaction guaranteed Vans SYNDICATE AUTHENTIC 69 PRO S SZ 13 CHECKER VN 0SDMS2N White Navy 42EN-2789 for Men,Weekend Discount - AUTHENTIC Nike Air Max 95 Anthracite Black 609048 092 Mesh Running Shoes men sz100% Top Quality Nike LEBRON 13 'MULBERRY' 16493762 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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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 Weekend Discount - Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Black / Light Gum Size 8. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Authentic Nike Air Jordan 7 Champagne Sz 14 DS **LAST PAIR** Cigar 71IG-6167 for Men,Weekend Discount - Nike AIR JORDAN 10 RETRO OVO Size 8Authentic Nike Lebron 10 'Cutting Jade' 7Y size DQ32275 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.
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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 Big discount Air Jordan 12 Brand New Retro 'Flu Game' 2016 Athletic Sneakers [130690 002] 88877034 for Men,Reebok Mens Yourflex Train 8.0 Shoes Gravel/Steel/Atomic Red/White G57244Big discount Nike HyperAdapt 74SY311 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. Big Savings Nike flex show tr 3 sneakers Multiple sizes Grey Red White SH25481 for Men,Reebok Mens Royal Sprint Shoes Blue/White/Exotic Teal/Steel/Black G57299Brilliant Nike KD 6 Elite 'Hero' Size 10.5 53PV733 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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