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 Authentic 160923 Nike Free 5.0 Unisex Grey Midnight Green 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 Adidas Distancestar Womens Black/White/Shock Pink Track & Field Shoes V35882, 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 Air Max 90 Womens White/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V92677,Inexpensive 158587 Adidas Originals ZX 700 Women Black White Sunshine Shoes,Nike Free 5.0 V4 Womens Black/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/Anthracite Running Shoes V15961, 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 Comfortable 193635 Air Jordan 7 Retro Women White /Black Hot Lava Grey 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 Infant Air Max 90 Mesh PS Trainer CP536,Authentic 177224 Nike Air Force 1 Women White Purple Blue Shoes,Vans Junior Atwood Leather Trainer CP698,.

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 Hype Acid Wash Jean CP861,Authentic 211049 Nike Air Max Women Silver Grey Orange Shoes,Ellesse Castello Overhead Hooded Top CP1055, 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 Discount 185578 Nike Air Max 247 Women White Silver Red Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Vans Core Basics Zip Hooded Top CP1179,Discount 172270 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Women Red White Blue Shoes,Criminal Damage MA2 Jacket CP1330,, 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 Buy 225610 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Prm Women Navy Blue Yellow Black Shoes,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Pretty Green Ventura Bomber Jacket CP1502,Inexpensive 161054 Nike Free 3.0 V4 Women Pink Black Gray Shoes,adidas Originals Jogger Cargo Short CP2067,, 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 New Balance M574 Reflective Trainer CP4552,Adidas Porsche Design 550 Men Coupon_157,Nike Air Force 1 Weatherised Duckboot CP4604, 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. Puma R698 LS PWRWARM Trainer CP4913,Adidas Springblade 2013 Men Coupon_258,Vans 106 Vulcanised Trainer CP5065, 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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