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 Jimmy Choo Wedges Women Coupon_964 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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Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Men's Shoe Nike Lunar Caldra Amplify 845602-230, 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 Men's Shoe Nike Metcon 3 852928-401,Platforms Jimmy Choo Women Coupon_974Men's Shoe Nike TiempoX Proximo IC 843961-141, 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 Platforms Jimmy Choo Women Coupon_979 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 Air Presto Unisex Shoe (Men's Sizing) 305919-041,Platforms Jimmy Choo Women Coupon_1000Men's Shoe Nike Zoom Train Toranada 835657-018,.

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 FREE SOCFLY Cool Grey/Pure Platinum/Cool Grey,New Balance Men Coupon_1002Nike Lunar Control 3 White/Volt/Black, 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 New Balance Men Coupon_1015. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, NIKE ZOOM CAGE 2 White/Pure Platinum/Metallic Silver,New Balance Men Coupon_1046WOMEN'S NIKE ZOOM STRUCTURE+ 16 536974-303,, 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 New Balance Men Coupon_1049.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Women's Shoe Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Essential 724981-007,New Balance Men Coupon_1060Women's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 818100-004,, 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.

And I just completely disappeared into my run Women's Shoe Nike Internationalist 629684-305,New Balance Men Coupon_1074Women's Shoe NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour 631475-504,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Nike Shox Deliver Boys Toddler Dark Grey/Black Running Shoes V49423,New Balance 373 Men Coupon_1096Adidas Crazy 8 Boys Grade School Solar Zest/Blast Purple/White Basketball Shoes V78591, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Women's Training Shoe Nike Lunar Sculpt 818062-001,New Balance 1600 Men Coupon_1090Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School Wolf Grey/White/Cool Grey Running Shoes V99617, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.

Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Nike Air Max Thea Girls Grade School Obsidian/White/Cool Grey Running Shoes V67390,New Balance 410 Men Coupon_1103Adidas Crazy 8 Mens Black/White Basketball Shoes V30991, 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. Adidas J Wall Mens Zero Met/Gold Met/Pink Basketball Shoes V99882,New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1127Adidas Adizero Boston 5 Mens Flash Green/Black/White Running Shoes V53502, 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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