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 Men's Gray Asics Onitsuka Tiger Athletic Shoes Size 13, 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 SB Paul Rodriguez Citadel Skateboarding Shoes Black White 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 Nike Lab Gyakusou Lunaracer 3 Running Shoes Team Red Gym Red Black Pine Light Charcoal For Men,Asics Onitsuka Tiger Aaron Unisex Freizeit Sneaker Schuhe Shoes D3D1N Japan neu,Nike Flyknit Lunar2 Running Shoes Hyper Crimson Hyper Turquoise Black 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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The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's Asics Gel Lyte III Men's Running Shoes Size 8.5 Laser Cut Pack Sneakers H5E3L, 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 Lunar Cypress Golf Shoes Pure Platinum Volt Black For Men,ASICS GEL LYTE V 5 BLACK WHITE H736L 9090 SZ 11,Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite TD PF Football Cleat University Red Black White For Men,.
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 Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII Basketball Shoes Black University Red Hyper Crimson White For Men,Asics Gel Lyte V 5 Ronnie Fieg Green Apple Kith Size 13 DS,KD Trey 5 II Basketball Shoes Dark Emerald Total Orange Emerald Green Volt For Men, 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 Asics gel nimbus 15 men's size 8,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max MVP Elite 2 3 4 Metal Baseball Cleat Black Anthracite White For Men,ASICS GEL LYTE V 5 SZ 5.5 JAPANESE DENIM OKAYAMA PACK SELVEDGE BLACK HN6D3 9090,2014 New Nike Air Jordan IV 4 Retro Mens Shoes Free Grey Blue,, 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 ASICS GEL SAGA H41VK CHRISTMAS PACK BURGUNDY/DARK GREEN MENS RUNNING SHOES,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. 2015 Air Jordan Spizike 3.5 Retro Mens Shoes Best White Black Red,Asics GEL NIMBUS 18 NYC Men's T6D4N.4349 Run/New/York Running Shoes,2015 Hot Nike Air Max 87 Thea Flyknit Mens Shoes Online Outlet Running Shoes Dark Green White,, 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.
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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 2015 Nike Roshe One BR Mens Running Shoes Dark Gray White 718552-010,Asics J. Crew Gel Lyte III Blue Ribbon Size 11 KITH Concepts Footpatrol V HAL,2015 Nike Zoom Pegasus 31 Mens Running Shoes Gray Blue Red Cushion Sneakers Online, 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. 2016 Nike Air Force 1 LV8 Low"Independence Day"Mens Pack Midnight Navy/Midnight Navy Couples Shoes 789104-400,Asics Snapdown Wide (2E) J503Y-9093 Black Mesh Synthetic Wrestling Shoes Men,2016 Nike Free Socfly SD"Bright Crimson/University Red"3.0 Mens Running Shoes 724766-600, 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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