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 211756 Puma Cabana Racer II Lx Unisex Black White 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 New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1200, 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 New Balance 996 Men Coupon_1307,Shopping 210863 Air Jordan 5 Retro Women Grey Black Furry ShoesJimmy Choo Wedges Women Coupon_930, 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 169653 Air Jordan Retro 6 Women Green Blue 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 Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1720,Discount 159507 Asics Gel Kinsei 4 Women Blue Red Purple ShoesNike Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1622,.

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 JORDAN FLIGHT RUNNER 2 Gym Red/Black/White,Shopping 171228 Asics Gel Kinsei 4 Women Purple Fluorescent Green Blue ShoesMen's Basketball Shoe Air Jordan XXXI N7 854272-003, 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 200011 Asics Gelnoosa Tri 8 Women Purple Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Basketball Shoe Nike KD 8 N7 811363-123,Buy 235365 Nike Zoom Kd III Men White Royal Metallic Silver ShoesMen's Football Cleat Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 833385-102,, 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 Buy 212006 Air Jordan 4 Retro Women Black Cat Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Men's Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8 718152-300,Discount 196592 Air Jordan 7 Retro Women Dark Grey/White Black Fuchsia Flash ShoesMEN'S NIKE BASKETBALL SHOEKYRIE 1 705277-270,, 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 Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Emergent 818954-104,Inexpensive 161531 Asics Gelnoosa Tri 9 Women Yellow Turquoise Berry ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer 918264-100, 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. Men's Shoe Nike Free Hypervenom 2 747139-800,Inexpensive 178322 New Balance Wc696 Women Blue ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Internationalist Knit Jacquard Moire QS 829344-001, 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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