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 Inexpensive 209429 Puma Lazy Slip On Men Red 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 Nike Air Max 90 Mens Gym Red/White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V57499, 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 Flex Run 2015 Mens Black/Laser Orange/Bright Citrus/Volt Running Shoes V21174,Cheap 230512 New Balance Classics U420 Unisex Navy Red Shoes,Nike Roshe One Winter Mens Gym Red/Gym Red/Sail Running Shoes V57397, 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 Shopping 197534 Asics Gelnoosa Tri 8 Women Purple Pink Shoes, 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 Zoom Vomero 10 Womens Copa/Black/Fuchsia Glow/Vivid Purple Running Shoes V47828,Authentic 179542 New Balance Classics Wl501 Women Grey Navy Shoes,Men's Nike Hyperdunk 2015 PRM White/Black/Bright Crimson UK#N5-9133,.

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 Women's Nike Genicco White/Hyper Punch/Wolf Grey/Bright Mango UK#N5-8733,Cheap 202084 New Balance WT610V3 Women Dark Grey Dive Pink Blue Shoes,Hype Hype Backpack CP62, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

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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 Comfortable 169405 New Balance W812 Women Black Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Flossy Infant Plimsole CP511,Comfortable 151135 Nike Air Force 1 Women Purple Shoes,Nike Junior Air Force 1 Low Trainer CP632,, 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 167739 Nike Blazer High Women Red Gray White Shoes,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Henri Lloyd Chock Slim Fit Jean CP857,Comfortable 218419 Nike Air Max 90 Women Dark Blue White Pink Shoes,Converse Core Plus Full Zip Hooded Top CP999,, 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 Nike Celso Thong Flip Flop CP3856,Buy 199170 Nike Roshe Run Women Carbon Black Peach Shoes,adidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Trainer CP3979, 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 Tubular X Trainer CP4152,Adidas Bounce Titan VII Men Coupon_090,Converse Star Player Ox Nylon Trainer CP4285, 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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