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 178386 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Dark Blue White Electric Yellow 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 Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 Mens Bright Crimson/Volt/Voltage Green/Black Running Shoes V42014, 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 Lunaracer+ 3 Mens Total Crimson/White/Photo Blue Running Shoes V81052,Buy 241912 Air Jordan 18 Original OG Women White Purple Shoes,Adidas Adizero Tempo Boost 7 Womens Mid Grey/Solar Red/Granite Running Shoes V64263, 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 Inexpensive 186009 Nike Air Flightposite 1 Women Pink 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 Men's Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Flash Squadron Blue/Blue Lagoon/Green Glow/Reflect Silver UK#N5-9102,Comfortable 201533 New Balance W1600 Women Shoes,Nike Kids Sunray Protect Purple Venom/Glacier Ice/White/Volt Ice UK#N5-9501,.

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 Women's Nike Cheer Compete White/White/Pure Platinum UK#N5-9470,Shopping 161999 Nike Air Force 1 Women White Brown Shoes,Mr Lacy Runnies Laces CP368, 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 Shopping 219107 Nike Air Max 247 Women White Black Pink Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, adidas Originals Junior Tubular Trainer CP576,Cheap 187691 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Women White Red Blue Shoes,Converse Nursery Chuck Taylor All Star High Canvas Trainer CP735,, 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 Discount 222180 Nike Dunk SB Low Women White College Blue Shoes,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Levi's Line 8 Super Skinny Jeans CP900,Inexpensive 202276 Nike Dunk High Women Purple White Silver Shoes,Franklin & Marshall Small Seal Full Zip Hooded Top CP1061,, 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 Clae Strayhorn Unlined Shoe CP3879,Adidas Bounce Titan VI Men Coupon_078,adidas Originals Superstar Shine Trainer CP4058, 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. Asics Gel-Lyte III Trainer CP4204,Adidas Porsche Design S3 Men Coupon_194,Criminal Damage Tower High Trainer CP4386, 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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