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 Kinsei 6 Men's T642N.9727 Carbon/Copper/Black Running Shoes, 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 Air Flight 89 Shoes Black Cool Grey 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 Air Flight 89 Shoes University Red Black For Men,ASICS Gel Lyte 5 V Mint Green Men's Uk 8,Nike Hypervenom Phelon Firm Ground Soccer Cleat Clearwater Blue Lagoon Total Crimson 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 3 H511L miami vice pack white leather men's 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 Adidas Originals Stan Smith Shoes Running White Ftw Running White Collegiate Red For Men,ASICS GEL LYTE III 3 ALVIN PURPLE BLACK GREY REISSUE PACKER SNEAKER FREAKER,Adidas Originals Gazelle Shoes Black Running 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.
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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 Men's GEL Nimbus 17 Running Shoe Lightning/Black/Flash Yellow Size 11.5 4E,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite TD PF Football Cleat Battle Blue Metallic Silver White For Men,Asics Men's Gel-Quantum 180 2- Black/Onyx/Vermilion,LeBron 12 Basketball Shoes Blue Metallic Silver Total Orange Electric Green For Men,, 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 Men's GEL-KAYANO 23 T646N-9345 Silver/Imperial/Black RUNNING SHOES 11 / 45,.
However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Adidas Baseball Adizero Afterburner Cleats Maroon Running White Carbon Metallic For Men,Asics Men's Gel-Volley Elite 2 Mid Rise - White/Navy/Diva Blue,Adidas Adidas Neo Daily Line Shoes Core Black Black Running White For Men,, 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 Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Mickey Kids Running Shoes Children Sneakers Online Shop,NEW Asics Mens Gel-Venture 5 Running Shoes size 10 4E width,2015 Nike Free Run 3.0 V3 Men Shoes Red Black, 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. 2015 Nike Free Run+ 2 Men Shoes Light Grey Moon,Asics Gel Lyte III Men's Running Shoes Size 13 Laser Cut Pack Sneakers H5E3L,2015 On Sale Air Max 90 Current VT LSR Mens Shoes 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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