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 148594 New Balance Classics 574 Men Orange 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 Buy 215278 Nike Free Run 3 Men Black White 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 Buy 197482 Nike Hyperdunk Kobe Bryant Olympic Men White Yellow Shoes,Cheap 147160 Lebron 11 Men White Blue Grey ShoesInexpensive 211731 Nike Lebron 11 Men Black 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 Buy 179276 New Balance Classics Ml515 Men Dark Grey 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 Authentic 153621 Nike Shox Conundrum Men White Blue Shoes,Buy 198870 New Balance Classics M996 Men Grey Green Black ShoesAuthentic 219296 Nike Shox Conundrum Men White Pink 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 Cheap 168607 Nike Shox Nz Men Black Shoes,Buy 162947 New Balance Classics M574 Men Orange ShoesBuy 171243 Nike Shox Nz 2.0 Men Black Pink 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 221253 New Balance Classics Ml501 Men Black Red Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Shopping 243538 Nike Shox O Nine Men White Silver Shoes,Cheap 177554 New Balance Classics Ml574 Men Green Orange ShoesShopping 244113 Nike Shox R4 Men Grey Black 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 236490 New Balance Classics 574 Men Blue Blue Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Shopping 242291 Nike Shox R4 Men White Gold Shoes,Shopping 216709 New Balance M990 Men Beige ShoesComfortable 162760 Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Men Yellow 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 Cheap 169870 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Sunset Shoes,Comfortable 230891 New Balance Mr00 Men Blue Yellow ShoesShopping 243541 Adidas Climacool Ride Women Purple Fluorescent Green 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 150685 Air Jordan 8 Retro Women Black Red White Shoes,Authentic 149459 Nike Air Classic BW Si Men Black ShoesCheap 188452 New Balance Classics Wl515 Women Green Pink 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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