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 Cheap 245180 New Balance Kids Kl574 Kid 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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Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Authentic 231530 Nike Dunk High Men Shoes, 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 Buy 229197 Nike Dunk High Men Shoes,Discount 192268 New Balance Kids Kl574 Kid Red ShoesAuthentic 160675 Nike Dunk High Men Black Sail Orange Shoes, 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 172374 Adidas Climacool Ride Men Black White Pearl Metallic 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 Shopping 169524 Nike Free 5.0 V3 Men Blue Brown Shoes,Authentic 207169 Nike Zoom Kobe VI Kid Red ShoesAuthentic 202900 Nike Free Run 2 Men Black Green White Shoes,.

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 Shopping 186376 Nike Free Trainer Men Gray Blue White Shoes,Comfortable 179692 Adidas Climacool Ride Men Red Black ShoesInexpensive 163632 Nike Kd VIi Men Black Shoes, 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 Authentic 161580 Nike Zoom Kobe VI Kid Red Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Inexpensive 193926 Nike Lebron 11 Men White Red Black Shoes,Discount 230897 Adidas Climacool Ride Men Black Blue ShoesDiscount 205472 Nike Lunarelite Men Gray Blue White Shoes,, 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 Inexpensive 222620 Adidas Originals Lifestyle Men Grey White Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Buy 238530 Nike Lunarglide 3 Men Black Green Yellow Shoes,Buy 233689 Adidas Skate Rayado Mid Men Red ShoesShopping 244083 Nike Lunarglide 3 Men Black Yellow Shoes,, 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 Discount 189143 Nike Shox Rivalry Men Brown Brown Shoes,Cheap 193250 Adidas ZX 750 Men Dark Grey Grey ShoesDiscount 156987 Nike Zoom Kobe IV Men Gold White Shoes, 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. Comfortable 177065 Nike Zoom Kobe VI Men White Black Red Shoes,Authentic 186651 Adidas Yeezy 750 Men Brown/Carbon White Light Brown ShoesShopping 153526 Nikelebron11 Men Sky Blue Black Grey Shoes, 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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