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 mens asic gel lyte iii size 10.5 athletic kith, 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 Adidas Originals MCN Country 84 Lab Running White Ftw 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 Lunar Mont Royal Golf Shoes White Volt Dove Grey Black For Men,ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 18 (men's) ___ Size 8 ___ Last pairT305N-0490 neutral,Dress X H209 HXM2090N7005ZF245N Formal Shoes 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-Kayano Trainer Knit Triple Black Men Shoes H705N-9090 Size 8, 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 2014 Nike Roshe Run HYP QS Mens Light Weight Mesh Black Gray Low Running Shoes,Asics Gel-Lyte V 'Shadow' Black & Black,2015 Air Max 90 Mens Shoes New Grey Blue,.
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 2015 Latest Air Max 90 Ultra Mens Jade Blue Sky Carved Three Dimensional Breathable Couples Shoes Online,Asics Gel-Lyte V Men's Shoes Black h6q2l-9090,2015 Latest Nike Roshe Run Frgmt 3 Fragment Design Retro Mesh Gauze Shoes Online First Mens Black White Spot, 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-LYTE V 5 HN6C3-2525 MONOTONE PACK RED DS SIZE: 8.5,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, 2015 New Nike Air Jordan 6 VI Mens Shoes Red,ASICS Gel-Nimbus 18 NYC Men's Size 10.5 Medium Run/New/York T6D4N-4349 NEW,2015 Newest Air Jordan Future Low"Burgundy Camo"AJ Sneakers Maroon Mens Shoes 718948-605,, 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 GT-1000 5 T6A3N-4930 Indigo Blue Black Mesh Running Shoes Medium Men,.
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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 Air Jordan 4 Cement Retro Mens Shoes Engraved White Red Online,New men's Asics Gel Excite 3 running shoes Size 14 Black and Gray,Air Max 2011 Netty Mens Shoes Discount blue grey, 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. Air Max 90 Mens Shoes Cheap On Sale White Almond Red,NIB Men's Asics Gel Venture 5 Trail Running Scram Shoes D & 4E WIDE - SIZE 7-15,Air Max 90 Mens Shoes Cheap Wholesale Lightgrey Black White, 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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