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 Cheap 239163 Nike Air Max Women Black 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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Well, Adidas did just that with the Nike Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1642, 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 Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1632,Buy 193696 Nike Air Max 90 Vt Tweed Women Light Grey ShoesNike Kevin Durant War Boots Men Coupon_1765, 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 171445 Nike Air Max Women Grey Blue 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 Men's Nike Air Force 1 Low Univ Red/Univ Red/White/Gum Light Bro,Discount 148753 Nike Air Max Women Purple Silver ShoesMen's Nike Flex Run 2015 709022-001,.

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 Men's Nike Shoe Air Huarache Utility 806807-100,Cheap 155831 Nike Air Max Women Grey Pink ShoesMen's Nike Shoe Kobe Mentality 2 818952-004, 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 Cheap 180120 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Women Fluorescent Green Red Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Print 806805-403,Shopping 231830 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Women Blue Black ShoesMEN'S NIKE AIR ZOOM ELITE 8 748588-020,, 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 Authentic 196103 Nike Air Max 90 Women Purple White Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. JORDAN ILLUSION Black/Blue Graphite/Black,Comfortable 222094 Nike Dunk High Women ShoesMen's Shoe Jordan Super.Fly 4 PO 819163-012,, 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.

And I just completely disappeared into my run Men's Shoe Nike Air Max 2016 806771-408,Comfortable 213902 Nike Air Max 90 Hypefuse Women White ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Air Max Goaterra 365970-006,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Men's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2 844545-007,Buy 215315 Nike Dunk High Women Light Charcoal Orange ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Flyknit Air Max 620469-404, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Men's Shoe Nike Air Huarache Utility 806979-006,Buy 240948 Nike Dunk High Women Red White ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Roshe One 511881-335, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.

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 Zoom Clear Out 844370-001,Buy 225610 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Prm Women Navy Blue Yellow Black ShoesMen's Skateboarding Shoe Nike SB Clutch Dark 729825-002, 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 Training Shoe Nike Zoom Speed Trainer 3 804401-616,Discount 209037 Nike Dunk Low Women Dark Khaki Vanilla Shy Pink ShoesNIKE AIR MAX 2015 Black/White/Summit White/Reflect Silver, 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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