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 157253 Lebron 11 Men Green Grey 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 Discount 183070 Nike Free Run Men Black 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 220269 Nike Free Run 3 Men Grey Green Black Shoes,Authentic 240667 Asics Gt2000 Men Lightning Fire Black ShoesCheap 147670 Nike Hyperize Kobe Bryant Olympic Men White Red 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 Inexpensive 156201 Jordan Fly Wade 1 Men Black White 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 Discount 166430 Nike Lunarglide 2 Men Red Black White Shoes,Inexpensive 241425 Air Jordan 25 Men White Red ShoesDiscount 227045 Nike SB Dunk High Men 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 Inexpensive 196448 Nike Shox Nz Men Black Shoes,Buy 245593 Lebron 11 Men Grey Pink Green ShoesInexpensive 147698 Nike Shox Nz 2.0 Men 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 Inexpensive 178994 New Balance Classics M574 Men Navy Grey White Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Buy 165800 Nike Shox R2 Men White Red Shoes,Cheap 160455 New Balance Classics M574 Men Gray Silver White ShoesCheap 166965 Nike Shox R4 Men White Grey 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 Comfortable 185300 New Balance Classics M574 Men Black Grey White Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Discount 225341 Nike Shox R4 Men Black Pink Shoes,Cheap 192363 New Balance Classics Ml574 Men Navy Yellow ShoesAuthentic 245052 Nike Shox Rivalry Men White Orange 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 Buy 226442 Nike Free 4.1 Unisex Blue Grey Shoes,Inexpensive 194271 New Balance M890V4 Men Orange Black ShoesBuy 184477 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Light Gray 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. Buy 167494 Air Jordan 1 Retro Women Black Metallic Silver Purple Red Shoes,Authentic 174062 New Balance Mc696 Men Yellow Combat ShoesDiscount 233029 Asics Gelnoosa Tri 7 Women Yellow Red 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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