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 Shoe Jordan Eclipse 724010-006 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 Nike Huarache Run Girls Grade School Pure Platinum/Bright Crimson/Artisan Teal/Lakeside Running Shoe, 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 Crazy 8 Mens Black/White Basketball Shoes V30991,Men's Shoe Jordan Eclipse 724010-010Adidas D Rose 4.5 Mens Black/Light Scarlet Basketball Shoes V21372, 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 Shoe Jordan Horizon Low 845098-406 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 Distancestar Mens Black/White/Black Track & Field Shoes V33166,Men's Shoe Jordan Eclipse 724010-033Nike Air Max 2015 Mens Black/Bright Crimson Running Shoes V14371,.

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 Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 Mens Black/White/Volt Running Shoes V36873,Men's Shoe Jordan Horizon 823581-003Nike Flyknit Racer Mens Blue Lagoon/Polarized Blue/Ghost Green/Black Running Shoes V39932, 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 Shoe Jordan Galaxy 820255-003. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Lunarglide 7 Mens Black/Anthracite/Cool Grey/Black Running Shoes V13568,Men's Shoe Jordan Reveal 834064-026Nike Zoom Elite 8 Mens Game Royal/Black/Hyper Orange/Bright Crimson Running Shoes V54522,, 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 Shoe Jordan Trainer ST 820253-003.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Adidas Element Refine Womens Black/White Running Shoes V31768,Men's Shoe Jordan Trainer ST 820253-620Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 7 Womens Clear Sky/White/Lucky Blue Running Shoes V45356,, 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 Men's Nike Dual Fusion Trail Black/Cool Grey/Challenge Red UK#N5-9616,Men's Shoe Nike Air Jordan 10 Retro 310805-114Men's Nike Flex Show TR 3 Black/White/University Red UK#N5-9247, 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 Kids Jr Hypervenom Phelon II TF Soccer Total Orange/Black/Total Orange UK#N5-9193,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max 2016 Print 818135-020Women's Nike Zoom Fit Wolf Grey/Pink Foil/White/Hot Lava UK#N5-9334, 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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