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 Comfortable 233653 Air Jordan Men White Black Blue 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 Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_591, 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 Jimmy Choo Bridal Women Coupon_738,Authentic 176462 Air Jordan 13 (Xiii) Retro Men Black Green Shoes,Jimmy Choo Sandals Women Coupon_862, 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 Buy 178471 Air Jordan V.1 Retro Men Black White Chukka 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 New Balance 996 Women Coupon_1538,Authentic 155773 Lebron 11 Men Green Grey Shoes,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1688,.

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 Kobe Bryant Men Coupon_1838,Authentic 208150 Lebron 11 Men Red Yellow Shoes,Men's Basketball Shoe LeBron XIII Low 831925-001, 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 Authentic 146410 New Balance Classics Ml501 Men Red Navy Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Football Cleat Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 833385-484,Shopping 164846 New Balance Mx623V2 Men Brown Brown Shoes,Men's NIKE FREE 4.0 FLYKNIT 717075-800,, 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 175567 Nike Air Classic BW Si Men Black White 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 NIKE AIR MAX 90 PREM IUMDark Grey/Wolf Grey,Comfortable 154471 Nike Air Max Men Grey Orange Shoes,Nike Flyknit Racer Unisex Running Shoe (Men's Sizing) 526628-404, 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 TIEMPO LEGEND V FG Soar/Volt,Cheap 178423 Nike Air Max Men Blue Pink Shoes,Women's Shoe Nike Air Huarache Premium Suede 833145-002, 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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