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 Barbour Belsay Leather Boot Tan U33u2217, 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 Vans Authentic Lite Black & White Checker Unisex Low SHOE N30c7464, 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 2016 Vans Classic Slip-On Mid Girls Shoes in Splendid life D82a2939,Adidas Originals Beckenbauer Tracktop Navy Blue K68v1460,Vans Old Skool Slip On AIR Mesh Summer Low Unisex SHOE Y13g8776, 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 Clae Strayhorn Suede Boots Sage J66v1298, 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 Discount Sale 2015 New Air Jordan 6 VI Retro Mens Shoes White Black Red In the UK online,YMC Canvas Deck Shoes Navy U61o4386,Discount Sale 2015 Newest Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 Rainbow Mens Running Trainers Shoes Deals Couples Shoes Green Red Blue In the UK online,.
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 Discount Sale 2015 Nike Flex Series Sneakers Mens Running Shoes For Cheap Navy Blue In the UK online,Ralph Lauren Mytton Canvas Trainers Navy H22q5955,Discount Sale 2015 Nike Roshe Run World Cup Germany Retro Mens Sportswear Shoes Training Sneakers Couples Sneaker Red White In the UK online, 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 Saucony Jazz Original ST Trainer Red/Black Z31c4420,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Discount Sale 2016 Fragment Design x NikeCourt Air Trainer 1 Mid PRM"Puerto Rico"Pistons Color White Red Blue Mens Shoes 607081-102 In the UK online,Saucony Bermuda Pack DXN Trainer Trainers Blue A58r1205,Discount Sale 2016 Nike Air Trainer 1 Mid Prm Qs"Jerry Rice"White Upper Metallic Gold Red Mens Shoes 607081-101 In the UK online,, 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 Adidas Originals Formel 1 Suede Trainers Mineral Blue/Talc I28i9445,.
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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 Discount Sale Mens Toms Red Brown Vegan In the UK online,Nike Free Run 2 Trainers Black X88r7575,Discount Sale Newest Nike Hyperdunks 2015 Shoes Black Silver Mens Basketball Sneakers High Top Cheap Sale In the UK 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. Discount Sale Nike Air Jordan 2 II Mens Shoes White Black In the UK online,Saucony Grid 8000 Premium Trainer Grey D2t2238,Discount Sale Nike Air Jordan Aero Mania Mens Shoes Yellow In the UK online, 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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