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 Running Shoe Nike Flex Fury 2 819134-008 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 X 15.3 Fg/Ag Boys Grade School Black/Shock Pink/Solar Gold Soccer Shoes V26313, 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 Nike Shox Nz Si Plus Boys Grade School Black/Dark Grey/Black/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V17049,Men's Running Shoe Nike Flex Fury 2 819134-100Nike Free 5.0 2015 Girls Grade School Black/Vivid Pink/Pink Pow/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V29444, 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 Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 749340-014 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 Adidas Vigor Tr6 Mens Orange/Black/Clear Onix Running Shoes V67939,Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 818099-005Adidas Messi 15.3 In Mens Black/Solar Green/Solar Red Soccer Shoes V28095,.

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 Powerlift Trainer 2 Mens Flash Lime/Silver Metallic/Black Training Shoes V53630,MEN'S RUNNING SHOE NIKE LUNARGLIDE 7 747355-401Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Mens Light Base Grey/Anthracite/White/White Running Shoes V60807, 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 Running Shoe Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 818676-801. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Blue Lagoon/Bright Citrus/Total Orange/Black Running Shoes V39618,Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 818676-005Nike Free Rn Mens Heritage Cyan/Black/Blue Spark/Laser Orange Running Shoes V58022,, 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 Running Shoe Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 818676-300.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Lunarestoa 2 Mens Black/Kumquat/Sail Running Shoes V21104,Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarTempo 2 818097-701Nike Zoom Structure 18 Mens Total Orange/Voltage Green/Ghost Green/Black Running Shoes V81664,, 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 Adidas Solar Boost Womens Halo/Silver Metallic/Clean Onix Running Shoes V57663,Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarTempo 705461-001Adidas Vigor 6 Tr Womens Bright Cyan/Solar Yellow/Frozen Blue Running Shoes V42383,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Nike Air Max Dynasty Womens Black/Cool Grey/Anthracite/White Running Shoes V15492,Men's Indoor/Court Soccer Shoe Nike MercurialX Proximo IC 718774-008Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Womens Summit White/University Red/White Running Shoes V79524, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Black/Racer Blue/Sail/Chalk Blue Running Shoes V25082,Men's Shoe Jordan Clutch 845043-104Nike Free Rn Distance Womens Hyper Violet/Fierce Purple/Blue Lagoon/Blue Tint Running Shoes V59589, 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 Nike Juvenate Womens Chalk Blue/Loyal Blue Running Shoes V43770,Men's Shoe Air Jordan Trainer 1 Low 845403-600Nike Zoom Fly 2 Womens Black/Cool Blue/White Running Shoes V15002, 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. Men's Nike Mercurial Victory V IC Urban Lilac/Bright Mango/Black UK#N5-9488,Men's Shoe Jordan Eclipse Chukka 881453-001Men's Nike Metcon 2 Ocean Fog/Dark Grey/Photo Blue/Black UK#N5-8864, 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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