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 Men's/Women's Adidas Originals Pharrell Williams Stan Smith Tennis Shoes Core Black/Core Black/Ftw B25387, 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 New Tom Ford Eyewear Black Emma Sunglasses For Women Selling Well, 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 New Trendy Dsquared2 Denim Glam Head Embroidered Jeans For Women,Men's/Women's Adidas Originals Superstar II Shoes White/Multicolor M20904,New Trendy Moschino Black Bustier Illusion Crop Top For Women Online Sale, 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 Men's/Women's Asics Aaron Low Shoes White Cream/Dark Blue/Red H50XQ-0142, 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 Stylish Roksanda Blue Circle Zip-Around Purse For Women Selling Well,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte V "Snake Bite" Running Shoes Red/Red H51EK-2727,The Hottest Styles Delfina Delettrez Yellow Gold Virus Rose Quartz Earring For Women Outlet,.

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 The Hottest Styles Iro White Kael Asymmetric Top For Women,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Respector Running Shoes Navy/White H5X2L-1320,The Hottest Styles Rebecca Minkoff Black Mini Strap Crossbody Bag For Women On Sale, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

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If you plan on doing this a bunch, the ATR is an excellent option. (Adidas)

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 Men's/Women's Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Shoes White/Blue/Red,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, The Most Popular Balmain Black Sheer Panel Blouse For Women Outlet,Men's/Women's New Balance 990 Argentinian Flag Shoes Light Blue/White/Silver M990GRG,The Most Popular Givenchy Small Horizon Shoulder Bag For Women Sale,, 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 Men's/Women's Nike Air Max 2011 Flyknit Running Shoes Black/Silver/Fluorescent Green,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. The Most Popular Rag & Bone /Jean Light Grey Crew Neck Jersey Top For Women Sale,Men's/Women's Nike Air Max 90 JCRD Running Shoes Deep Gray/Red,Valentino Garavani Glam Lock Shoulder Bag For Women Outlet,, 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 Womens Running Shoes Fashion Color,Men's/Women's Nike Free OG 2014 Breeze Mesh Shoes Blue/Hyper Cobalt Gamma Blue/White,Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit Women's White, 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. 2014 Nike Roshe One NM BR Reflective Sails Shoes Military Blue,Men's/Women's Nike Roshe One Print Running Shoes Black Bright Blue Purple,2016 Men's Nike Air Max TN Shoes Grey/Red/Green, 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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