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 Inexpensive 172417 Air Jordan IX Retro Men Black Dark Charcoal True Red 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 Shopping 223779 Nike Free 3.0 V4 Men Blue Grey Shoes, 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 Cheap 195250 Nike Free 3.0 V4 Men Blue White Shoes,Authentic 222901 Air Jordan Retro 1 Men White Blue White Blue ShoesCheap 183881 Nike Free Run 2 Men Grey Purple White Shoes, 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 Shopping 189620 Air Jordan Retro 1 Men White Gold 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 Discount 205472 Nike Lunarelite Men Gray Blue White Shoes,Cheap 192449 Asics Gel Kinsei 4 Men Grey Red ShoesInexpensive 179083 Nike Lunarglide 2 Men Grey Yellow Shoes,.

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 Shopping 231607 Nike Lunarswift 2 Men Black White Shoes,Discount 229482 Air Jordan Retro 7 Men Cardinal White Cardinal Red ShoesBuy 169426 Nike SB Dunk Low Men Black White Shoes, 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 Comfortable 192556 Asics Gel Lyte 3 Men Camouflage Black Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Inexpensive 218467 Nike Shox Nz Men White Blue Shoes,Comfortable 203561 Asics Gel Kinsei 4 Men Yellow Black ShoesBuy 169488 Nike Shox Nz Men Silver Red Shoes,, 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 227723 Air Jordan XIV 14 Retro Men White Pacific Blue Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Cheap 168552 Nike Shox Nz 2.0 Men White Blue Shoes,Shopping 194372 Asics Gellyte III Men Black ShoesDiscount 190192 Nike Shox R4 Men Black Shoes,, 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 Discount 220709 Puma Cabana Racer II Lx Men Yellow White Shoes,Authentic 174903 Asics Gt2170 Men Grey Green ShoesCheap 223705 Adidas Originals Superstar 2.0 Unisex Blue Shoes, 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. Comfortable 167497 Nike Air Max Unisex Turquoise Blue Black Shoes,Comfortable 182202 Asics Gelsaga Men Dark Green Red ShoesCheap 221871 Air Jordan 11 Retro Unisex Black/Red White Shoes, 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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