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 Men's Indoor/Court Soccer Shoe Nike Tiempo Rio III IC 819234-707 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 Metcon 2 821913-101, 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 Nike Free 5.0 2015 Boys Toddler Black/Dark Grey/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V17187,Men's Golf Shoe Nike Lunar Force 1 818726-002Nike Air Max 90 Boys Preschool Wolf Grey/Dark Purple Dust/White/Total Crimson Running Shoes V98001, 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 Indoor/Court Soccer Shoe Nike MercurialX Proximo IC 718774-400 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 Roshe One Girls Grade School Pink Pow/Metallic Silver/Total Orange/Pink/White Running Shoes V69,Men's Lacrosse Cleat Nike Lunar Control 4 College 807142-100Adidas Crazy 8 Mens Onix/Purple/Gold Basketball Shoes V67763,.

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 J Wall Mens Aluminum/White/Black Basketball Shoes V10345,Men's Nike Air Max Tailwind 7 683632-001Adidas Adizero Tempo 6 Mens Infrared/Tech Silver Metallic/Hero Ink Running Shoes V60316, 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 NIKE AIR MAX 2015 698902-005. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Adilette Trefoil Mens Tomato/Black/White Slippers V80656,Men's Nike Air Max Tailwind 7 683632-107Adidas Superstar 4g Mens Black/White Slippers V31319,, 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 NIKE BASKETBALL SHOEKYRIE 1 705277-401.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Air Max Sequent Mens Black/Wolf Grey/White/Metallic Hematite Running Shoes V38374,Men's Nike Flex Run 2015 709022-100Nike Air Max 90 Mens Dark Grey/Dark Grey Running Shoes V50175,, 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 Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra Womens White/White/Pure Platinum Running Shoes V95627,Men's Nike Roshe LD-1000 802022-002Adidas Pure Boost Mens Black/White/Clear Grey Running Shoes V33622, 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 Thea Womens White/Black/Cool Grey Running Shoes V87656,Men's Nike Shoe Air Huarache Utility 806807-600Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Womens Black/Midnight Fog/Wolf Grey/White Running Shoes V22638, 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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