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 Ua Micro G Torch 3 Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 2 Low Orange Jimmy Ua Clutchfit Drive 2 Stephen Curr 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 Lunarglide 7 Men Nike Lunarglide 7 Flash 803566 408 Men S Nike Flyknit Shoes Nike Lunar Epic Fl, 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 Roshe Run Men Nike Roshe Run Supremo Custom Sneakerfiles Custom Nike Roshe Run Yeezy Black 39 Z,Air Jordan 1 Sneakers Jordan Shoes 1 Cheap See Savings For Jordan Shoes 1 Jordan X Slam Dunk CollectAdidas F50 Adizero Ag Product Adidas Youth F50 Adizero Trx Adidas To End Adidas F50 Adizero Predator, 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 2017 Adidas Clima Cool White,Air Jordan 10 Sneakers Cheap New Release Air Jordan 10 Vivid Pink Shoes Sale Retro Jordan Shoes CheaAdidas Tubular Shadow Green, 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 Air Jordan 10 Men Jordan 10 Sneakers Shop 1 000 Jordan 10 Sneakers Air Jordan 10 Bobcats The First R. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 black red,Air Jordan 11 Men Buy Classic Jordan 11 Concord Jordan 11 Bred Jordan 5 Nike Air Jordan 11 New ColorJames 13 white pink,, 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 Air Jordan 11 Men Air Jordan 3 Lab 5 Infrared 365730 Sole Collector Archive Jordan Xi 11 Retro Presc.
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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 Coolest Uomo Nike Air Max 95 Nere/Bianco/Azzurro Dynamic Flywire Scarpe,Air Jordan 11 Men Retro Air Jordan Xi 11 Kids 010 Air Jordan 11 Retro Low Gs Citrus Men S Nike Air JDonna Nike Air Max 90 QS Comfortable Diamondback "SHANGHAI" - Must Win Cake Scarpe da Corsa Store, 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. Donne Nike Reduced Air Max Tailwind 6 Scarpe Nere Arancioni,Air Jordan 11 Men Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord Release 378037 107 Retro 11 Jordans Sales On Retro 11Last KPU Nike Air Max 90 Uomo Scarpe Good Regio/Jade Factory, 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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