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 Adidas Porsche Design V Men Coupon_205, 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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Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Adidas Pure Boost Womens Grey/Grey/Clear Brown Running Shoes V56778, 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 Adidas F50 Adizero Fg Womens Lucky Blue/White/Night Flash Soccer Shoes V62556,Adidas Springblade 2013 Men Coupon_269,Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Womens White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V96599, 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 Christian Louboutin Fifi 100mm Women Coupon_440, 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 Nike Kids Free 5.0 Print Black/Total Orange/Summit White/White UK#N5-9593,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_524,Hype Hype Backpack CP61,.

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 adidas Originals Infant Racer Lite Trainer CP469,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_581,Nike Junior Air Max 1 Trainer CP643, 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 Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_597,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Converse Infant Chuck Taylor All Star Trainer CP750,Jimmy Choo Bridal Women Coupon_726,Jack & Jones Mike Dexter Coated Jean CP871,, 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 Jimmy Choo Pumps Women Coupon_809,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Ellesse Lambro Waffle Hooded Top CP1051,Jimmy Choo Sandals Women Coupon_862,Alessandro Zavetti Sila Puffer Jacket CP1199,, 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.

And I just completely disappeared into my run Ellesse Puffer Jacket CP1354,Jimmy Choo Wedges Women Coupon_950,Pretty Green Kingsway Harrington Jacket CP1493,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Kings Will Dream Carson hooded Top CP1094,New Balance Men Coupon_1014,Jack & Jones Milan Sweat Short CP2151, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Creative Recreation Folsom Hooded Varsity Jacket CP1322,New Balance 1400 Men Coupon_1087,Farah Famous Hi Suede Shoe CP3741, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.

Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Farah Form Hi Shoe CP3911,New Balance 501 Men Coupon_1123,adidas Originals Adi-Ease Trainer CP4042, 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. adidas Originals Los Angeles Trainer CP4182,New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1237,Creative Recreation Kaplan Trainer CP4331, 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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