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 Discount Nike Shoes - 332550-017 Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High Patent Leather Black/Black/White [8-11 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 Roshe Run Breeze Trainer, 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 Flossy Mens Plimsole,Factory Price - Deadstock Brand New Nike Air Jordan Bred 1 Banned 2016 Mens size 10.5Lacoste Straightset Leather Trainer, 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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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 Factory Price - DS NIKE AIR JORDAN ONE RETRO HIGH OG ROYAL SZ 11.5 YEEZY SATIN NMD. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, 2018 Latest Royal Elastics Icon 1608 en Casual Sneakers 02063-092 Black White gold 72FG835 for Men,Factory Price - Men's Nike Air Jordan XX Retro Sz 13 050406-Y3 RareAffordabl Air Jordan 13 Air Jordan Retro 13s Low Bred 42BV-5814 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.
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Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Be fashionable Nike AIR MAX 90 ULTRA MOIRE shipped 149$ Navy 10TF-5622 for Men,Hot Cakes - LOOKSEE Sample Nike Zoom Lebron Solider 3 X Hasbro Storm Shadow Sz 9 GI JoeBeautiful Nike Lebron 12 chromosomes 68768761 for Men, 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. Best lace to buy Air Jordan 11 low OO05480 for Men,Hot Cakes - Authentic Nike Total Shox Crimson Metallic Silver Grey # 749775 600 Mens szBest price Air Jordan 14 Low Laney LA94491 for Men, 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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