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-Reebok Furylite Gp Sneakers Cream White/Chalk//Parchment/White 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 Adidas Originals Adilette Logo Slides Sandal, 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 Creative Recreation Deross Trainer,Men-Reebok Gl 6000 Casual Sneakers Faux Indigo/Blue Slate/Paperwhite/BlackJordan Jordan Flight Flex Trainer 2, 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-Puma Faas 300 S V2 Sports Shoes Sulphur Spring-Cloisonn-Sulphur Spring 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 Under Armour Ignite IV Slide Sandal,Men-Reebok Nylon Sneakers White/Walnut/Burgundy/Black/ChalkRalph Lauren Polo Harvey Knit Trainer,.

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 Vans SK8-Hi Reissue Twill Trainer,Men-Timberland Newmarket Fulk Plain Toe Oxford Sneakers Medium Brown100% Genuine Reebok { QUESTION MID 'Misunderstood' Newspaper *New In Box* 59131836 for Men, 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-Timberland Authentics 3 Eye Classic Lug Loafers & Boat Shoes Navy Nubuck. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, 100% original Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Crimson David Letterman Sz 555088-606 Blue White Navy Light EW51067 for Men,Men-Timberland Revenia Slip On Slip-Ons Tan Suede100% Satisfaction guaranteed Nike LUNAR MAGISTA II 2 FLYKNIT FC SZ 13 COLLEGE FOX Blue White Navy KU73426 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 Men-Saucony Jazz Original Sneakers Navy/Silver.

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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 Authentic New Balance MRL996JO D Leather Running Sneakers White Beige Navy 43PK-2939 for Men,Black Friday - 2003 Nike Air Jordan XII 12 Retro French Blue White Silver Red Size 13 (661)Authorization Nike (837) 100% Authentic SB Dunk High Premium Tour size 13 Yellow 65568860 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. Base Price Air Jordan 22 OG Air Jordan XX2 72FV545 for Men,Black Friday - 2009 Nike Air Jordan 12 Retro "Rising Sun" White/Varsity Red/Black Size 9 ShoesBe fashionable Air Jordan 3 safari zone *custom* Blue WW57450 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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