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 149395 Nike Dunks High Women 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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Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Nike Kobe Bryant Men Coupon_1805, 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 Baseball Cleat Nike Trout 2 Pro 807133-014,Authentic 230855 Nike Dunk Low Women Purple ShoesMen's Basketball Shoe Kobe XI Elite 822675-510, 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 242789 Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Women Black 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 Shoe Free 3.0 Flyknit 636232-101,Discount 168836 Nike Free 5.0 Women Mango Peach Cream Black ShoesMEN'S NIKE SHOE NIKE METCON 1 AMPLIFY 819899-841,.

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 Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 806580-300,Shopping 196424 Nike Free 3.0 V4 Women Black Red Gray ShoesMen's Running Shoe Nike LunarStelos 844591-800, 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 Discount 179435 Nike Dunk High Women Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Shoe Jordan Eclipse 724010-614,Discount 168644 Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Women Purple Black ShoesMen's Shoe Jordan Reveal 834064-003,, 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 Inexpensive 155168 Nike Free 5.0 V4 Women Purple Yellow Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Men's Shoe Nike Air Max 2016 Print 818135-401,Cheap 226464 Nike Free 5.0 V4 Women Pink Grey White ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 806770-101,, 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 Men's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 831352-400,Comfortable 245498 Nike Free Run Women Grey Fuchsia ShoesMen's Shoe Nike F.C. Free Hypervenom 2 747140-004,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Men's Shoe Nike LunarCharge Essential BN 933811-010,Comfortable 245431 Nike Free Run Women Pink White ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Roshe One Hyper Breathe 833125-300, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Men's Shoe Nike Zoom Clear Out 844370-001,Buy 153553 Nike Free Run 2 Women Gray Jade Fuchsia ShoesMen's Shoe NikeLab Gyakusou LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 880283-001, 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 Men's Training Shoe Nike Metcon 3 852928-001,Inexpensive 228690 Nike Free Run 3 Women Green Blue ShoesNIKE AIR MAX 1 ESSENTIAL Grey Mist/Black-Lyon Blue, 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 Air Zoom Streak 5 Unisex Running Shoe (Men's Sizing) 641318-101,Cheap 232405 Nike Free Run 3 Women Grey Orange ShoesNIKE FREE FLYKNIT CHUKKA Dark Obsidian/Volt/Bright Crimson/Blue, 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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