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 2015 Nike Roshe Run World Cup Germany Retro Mens Sportswear Shoes Training Sneakers Couples Sneaker Blue Purple Red, 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?

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Well, Adidas did just that with the Discount Authentic Mens Nike Air Max Griffey Shoes Grey/Black/Lime, 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 Discount Authentic Mens Nike Air Max Jordan 6 Shoes Black/Red/White,2015 Wmns Nike Roshe One BR Print Mens Running Shoes Black Gray White 655206-015,Discount Authentic Mens Nike Air Max Skybine Shoes Black/Light Blue/White/Red, 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 Air Jordan Spizike 3.5 Retro Mens Shoes Black Grey Red Online, 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 Authentic Mens Nike Shox NZ Shoes Black/Grey/Silver/White/Red,Air Max 90 Mens Shoes Cheap On Sale Lightblue Black,Discount Authentic Mens Nike Shox R4 Shoes White/Black/Red,.

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 Kids Nike Air Jordan XII Factory Retro 12 White/Black/-Taxi-varsity Red 130690 125 Shoes,Air Max 90 Mens Shoes Wholesale for Men Yellow Red,Nike SB Dunk Top High QS Fashion Deconstructed Soulland AH9613-141, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

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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 Air max Shake Evolve For Men in 66800,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, CONVERSE CORE LARGE CHUCK PATCH VEST - CONVERSE BLACK CONVERSE VEST MENS,Buy Cheap Nike KD 7 2014 Green Black Mens Shoes,Discounts Under Armour Armour Fleece Hoodie White/Overcast Grey 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 Buy Cheap Nike Kobe 9 2014 White Red Black Mens Shoes,.

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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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