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 232646 Nike Free 4.0 Unisex Black Green 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 Men Coupon_1003, 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 410 Men Coupon_1105,Discount 147686 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Black Wave Point ShoesNew Balance 574 Men Coupon_1138, 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 Inexpensive 174643 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Red Purple White 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 New Balance 574 Women Coupon_1473,Cheap 209615 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Black Blue Floral Print ShoesNike Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1607,.

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.

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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 Buy 232234 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Black Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Kevin Durant War Boots Men Coupon_1783,Authentic 170827 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Mixed Blue ShoesLEBRON 12 LIFESTYLE Challenge Red/Challenge Red,, 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 219155 Onitsuka Tiger By Asics Gellyte III Unisex White Black Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Men's Basketball Shoe Nike Hyperdunk 2016 844359-011,Authentic 183067 Adidas Originals Court Attitude Casual Women Pink Blue ShoesMen's Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat Nike Hypervenom Phantom II FG 747213-703,, 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 Jordan Eclipse Chukka 881453-001,Inexpensive 174683 Air Jordan 13 Women Blue Blue Grey ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Air Berwuda 555305-601, 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 Air Max 90 Ultra Essential 819474-010,Discount 206640 Air Jordan 5 Retro Women Black ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit 835570-100, 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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