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 177368 Nike Shox Rivalry Men White Black 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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 818100-600, 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 Women's Shoe NikeCourt Zoom Cage 2 705260-550,Comfortable 221672 Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Low Men Green Metallic Silver Grey Shoes,Adidas D Rose 773 Iii Boys Preschool Collegiate Navy/White Basketball Shoes V45963, 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 Authentic 164100 Nike Zoom Kobe VIII Basketball Men Black White Red 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 Adidas Adissage 2.0 Mens Mineral Blue/Matte Silver/Mineral Blue Slippers V65489,Buy 159458 Onitsuka Tiger By Asics Mexico 66 Men Beige White Red Shoes,Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 Mens Cool Grey/Pure Platinum/White/Black Running Shoes V47490,.

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 Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Black/White/Black Running Shoes V33253,Comfortable 170650 Onitsuka Tiger By Asics Mexico 66 Men White Black Green Shoes,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Mens Black/Reflective Silver/Pure Platinum Running Shoes V25256, 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 240257 Adidas Originals Rayado Unisex Black White Grey Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Black/White/Silver Metallic Flip Flops V36202,Inexpensive 155541 Air Jordan 5 Retro Unisex Fire Red White Black Shoes,Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 7 Womens Flash Pink/White/Night Flash Running Shoes V53802,, 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 168136 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Carbon Black Gray Lemon Yellow 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 Junior Air Max 1 Trainer CP680,Buy 185819 Nike Air Force 1 Women White Cyan Shoes,Jack & Jones Stan Osaka JJ860 Jean CP875, 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. Ellesse Castello Overhead Hooded Top CP1056,Comfortable 226592 Nike Air Force 1 Women White Blue Rainbow Shoes,Underated Stealth Panelled Longline Hooded Top CP1178, 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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