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 Discount 234747 Nike Air Griffey Max I Men Blue Black White Shoes, 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's Running Shoe Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 818676-007, 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's Shoe Jordan Trainer Prime 881463-601,Cheap 146279 Nike Air Max Men Black Red Shoes,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max 97 Ultra '17 918356-002, 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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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.

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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 Discount 217085 Nike Air Max Lebron 8 V2 Men Royal Blue White Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Women's Shoe Nike Free RN Flyknit 831070-501,Buy 152242 Nike Air Max Ltd Men White Shoes,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Girls Toddler White/Chalk Blue/Volt/White/Bright Mango Running Shoes V89660,, 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 Cheap 198457 Nike Air Max Tailwind Men White Black Shoes,.

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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 Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Flash Pink/White/Silver Metallic Slippers V53887,Buy 216058 Nike Dunk Low Men Beast Shoes,Nike Air Max Thea Womens Black/Anthracite/White/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V14096, 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 Free Rn Distance Womens Black/Multi Running Shoes V22715,Authentic 217520 Nike Free 3.0 V2 Men Gray Green White Shoes,Nike Zoom Structure 18 Womens Lyon Blue/Black/Pink Pow/Clearwater Running Shoes V62743, 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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