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 Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Running Shoes Royal Blue/Bright Crimson, 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 Men-Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Leather Sneakers Beige/Grass Green, 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 Men-Timberland Fulk Lp Mid Sneakers Brown,Men's Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 Running Shoes White/Black/Hot Lava/Blue Lagoon 849580-100,Black Friday - (533) 100% Authentic Nike Air Jordan 6 Piston Size 12 Black/Gray/Blue/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 Men's Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 Running Shoes Black/Volt/White 849576-031, 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 Hot Cakes - NIKE ZOOM KD 9 KEVIN DURANT BASKETBALL SHOES BATTLE GREY 843392-002 SIZE 11.5,Men's Nike Blazer Low Match Supreme Premium Shoes Jeans White Blue 631658-426,Latest Products - New Nike Air Jordan Flight Origin Mens Basketball Shoes Size 12 Black,.

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 Latest Products - Nike Air Jordan 1 retro high Chicago,Men's Nike Blazer Low Tennis Classic AC ND Suede Shoes Tan 377812-216,Low-cost direct - NIKE AIR FLIGHT FALCON MEN BASKETBALL SHOE BLK/WHITE/COOL GREY 397204 012 NIB, 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 Nike Blazer Lux High PRM University Shoes Yellow/Purple/White 599464-700,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Weekend Discount - HOT ITEM!! NIKE AIR MAX TN Men's Running Trainers Shoes Red / Black,Men's Nike Blazer Mid SB Shoes Varsity Royal/Black 318960-401,Weekend Discount - Nike Air Jordan 11 Low Cherry Sz 9.5 Brand New DS with receipt authentic xi,, 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 Nike Blazer Mid Premium Suede Shoes Navy Blue/White 371760-002,.

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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 Mens Nike Air Force 1 Mid White/White Running Shoes G56542,Men's Nike Dunk Low Premium SB Shoes Grass Green/Red/White,Nike Air Force 1 Low Sneakers Game Royal/Blackened Blue Mens G56670, 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. Nike Air Max 90 Mens Shoes Grey Mist/Black/Dark Grey/White G56778,Men's Nike Dunk Low Vantage QS Shoes Varsity Maize/Midnight Navy 446242-700,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Pure Platinum/Hot Lava/Black Mens Trainers G56846, 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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