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 Discount 236490 New Balance Classics 574 Men Blue Blue 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 Inexpensive 165265 Nike Free Trainer 5.0 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 146043 Nike Lebron 11 Men White Blue Shoes,Comfortable 152517 New Balance Classics Ml402 Men Light Grey Green Gecko ShoesCheap 209808 Nike Lebron 11 Men Orange Blue 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 Comfortable 182979 New Balance Classics Ml574 Men Green 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 219296 Nike Shox Conundrum Men White Pink Shoes,Inexpensive 218596 New Balance Mt980V1 Men Red Black ShoesShopping 238909 Nike Shox Nz Men Black 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 Authentic 164277 Nike Shox R4 Men Black Pink Shoes,Authentic 223069 New Balance Classics Ml574 Men Red Yellow ShoesComfortable 167940 Nike Shox R4 Men Black 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 Discount 237833 New Balance M990 Men Black Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Discount 209514 Nike Shox R4 Men Grey Red Shoes,Shopping 226840 New Balance M1080v4 Men Silver ShoesInexpensive 244755 Nike Shox Rivalry Men Black Pink 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 Inexpensive 236900 New Balance Mx623V2 Men Tan Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Discount 189143 Nike Shox Rivalry Men Brown Brown Shoes,Inexpensive 182899 Nike Air Classic BW Si Men Black Yellow ShoesInexpensive 199271 Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Xdr Men Red Red 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 192907 Adidas Originals ZX 700 Women Grey Black Pink Shoes,Discount 201151 Nike Air Classic BW Si Men White Black ShoesInexpensive 216260 Air Jordan Spizike Women White Purple 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. Shopping 237875 New Balance Classics Wl501 Women Orange White Shoes,Cheap 238190 Nike Air Flightposite 1 Men Blue Red Black ShoesComfortable 242957 New Balance WT10V2 Women Silver Purple 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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