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 ASICS GEL LYTE V HN6A4 1350 MENS RUNNING SHOES LIGHT GERY / INDIA INK, 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 Zoom Ja Fly 2 Track Spike Sizing Hyper Punch Black Electric Green 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 Free 4 0 Flyknit Running Shoes Black Poison Green Total Orange White For Men,ASICS Gel Nimbus 19. Mens Running Shoes. T700N. 9099.,Nike Air Max Tailwind 7 Running Shoes Black Pure Platinum Dark Magnet Grey Metallic Silver 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 SCRAM 3 Men's T6K2N.9790 Carbon/Black/Green Gecko Running Shoes, 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 CJ Elite 2 TD Football Cleat Metallic Silver Dark Grey University Red Dark Grey For Men,Asics Gel-190TR (4E) Men's Shoes Black/Black/Silver s524l-9099,Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 8 Team Basketball Shoes Black White Metallic Silver 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.
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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 Asics x Bait Gel Saga sz 8-12 navy green PHANTOM LAGOON H31LK-5084 100%AUTHENTIC,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, 2014 Nike Air Jordan 4 IV Retro New Release Shoes Blue Orange,Asics GEL VENTURE 5 Men's T5N3N.4930 Indigo Blue/Hot Orange/Black Running Shoes,2015 Air Max 90 Mens Shoes New Grey Red,, 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 x Mita x Beams Gel Lyte III 3 Black Japan "Souvenir Jacket" Sneakers Sz 6,.
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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 Online Air Penny Hardaway 5 V Mens Shoes On Sale Grey Black,Men Shoes Asics Gel Lyte V Sneakers Basketball Running Sports Authentic New Gym,2016 Latest Nike Wmns Air Flight 89 All Red Tout Rouge Mens Shoes Online Oulter 306252-666, 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 Latest Nike Dunk High CMFT PRM Mens Sneaker All Black Shoes Online Sale,MEN'S ASICS GEL-NOOSA TRI 9 GR NAVY/GOLD RIBBON ATHLETIC RUNNING SHOES SIZE 10.5,2016 Nike Mens Basketball Sneakers Lebron 13 Yellow White Black Grey, 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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