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 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas Unisex Boot 153569C-467 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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Strong 843975-400, 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 Women's Shoe Nike Free Train Connect 843966-100,Men's Basketball Shoe Nike Zoom KD 9 843392-001Women's Shoe Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit 850426-002, 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 Men's Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat Nike Hypervenom Phantom II Leather FG 747501-001 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 Free 5.0 2015 Boys Grade School Black/Dark Grey/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V17243,Men's Football Cleat Nike Alpha Pro 2 3/4 TD LE 2.0 820280-878Nike Air Max 90 Girls Grade School Copa/Blue Lagoon/White Running Shoes V48127,.

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 Adidas Crazy 1 Mens Black/Neon Pink/Solar Blue Basketball Shoes V23179,Men's Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat Nike Mercurial Superfly V FG 831940-003Adidas D Lillard 1 Mens White/Black/Silver Metallic Basketball Shoes V88481, 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 Men's Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat Nike Mercurial Vapor X Leather FG 747565-001. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Wall 2 Mens Black/Talc/White Basketball Shoes V29133,Men's Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat Nike Magista Opus FG 649230-505Adidas Solar Boost Mens Vista Grey/Dark Grey/Crystal White Running Shoes V84423,, 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 Men's Football Cleat Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 833385-404.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Adidas Originals Adilette Mens New Navy/White/New Navy Slippers V66366,Men's Golf Shoe Nike Air Zoom Attack 853739-002Adidas Nitrocharge 2.0 Fg Mens Black/White/Flash Orange Soccer Shoes V34077,, 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 Adidas Ultra Boost Womens Black/Gold Metallic Running Shoes V19051,Men's Nike Air Max Tailwind 7 683632-601Adidas Gymbreaker Bounce Trainer Womens Collegiate Navy/Mineral Blue/Shock Pink Training Shoes V4568, 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 Max 2015 Womens Black/White/Black Running Shoes V33335,Men's Nike Air Max Tailwind 7 683632-103Nike Air Max Thea Womens Obsidian/White Running Shoes V67360, 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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