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 Impact 854289-415 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 D Lillard 1 Mens Amazon Purple/Black/White Basketball Shoes V10564, 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 D Rose 5 Boost Mens Navy/White/Dark Orange Basketball Shoes V65696,Men's Shoe Jordan Galaxy 820255-010Adidas J Wall Mens Black/Scarlet/White Basketball Shoes V26168, 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 Reveal 834064-133 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 Air Max Excellerate 4 Mens Wolf Grey/Black/Deep Royal Blue/Dark Grey Running Shoes V96893,Men's Shoe Jordan Reveal 834064-422Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Ghost Green/Copa/Blue Lagoon/Black Running Shoes V55655,.

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 Flyknit Lunar 3 Mens Radiant Emerald/Black Running Shoes V72073,Men's Shoe Jordan Reveal 834064-601Nike Free 5.0 2015 Mens Black/White/White Running Shoes V37385, 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 Westbrook 0 Low 850772-015. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Mens Black/Anthracite/White/Bright Crimson Running Shoes V13990,Men's Shoe Kobe XI Elite 822675-404Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Black/White/Silver Metallic Flip Flops V36102,, 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 Nike Air Force 180 310095-011.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Adidas Solar Boost Womens Heather/White/Grey Running Shoes V57822,Men's Shoe Nike Air Jordan 15 Retro 881429-001Adidas Barricade Team 4 Womens White/Frozen Yellow/Midnight Indigo Tennis Shoes V91308,, 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 Magista Onda IC Metallic Pewter/Ghost Green/Black UK#N5-8842,MEN'S SHOE NIKE AIR MAX 95 ULTRA JACQUARD 749771-401Nike Kids Benassi JDI Black/White UK#N5-8797, 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. Women's Nike Dart 11 Black/Dark Grey/White/White UK#N5-9365,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Emergent 818954-104Women's Nike Air Max Siren Black/Fuchsia Flash/Sail/Hot Lava UK#N5-9289, 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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