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 Shoe Nike Free Trainer 5.0 V6 AMP (Florida State) 723939-706 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 Adidas Barricade Court Mens Bright Yellow/Iron Metallic/Black Tennis Shoes V42734, 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 Air Max 2015 Mens Black/White Running Shoes V31529,Men's Shoe Nike Free TR Versatility Amp (USA) 833336-316Nike Air Max Tavas Mens Black/Anthracite Running Shoes V13090, 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 Shoe Nike Free Trainer V7 898053-003 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 Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5 Womens Solar Yellow/Midnight Grey/Ash Purple Running Shoes V78296,Men's Shoe Nike HyperVenomX Finale II Street TF 749888-700Adidas Springblade Razor Womens White/Metallic Silver/Mid Grey Running Shoes V92587,.

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 Sprintstar Womens White/White/Green Track & Field Shoes V95327,Men's Shoe Nike HypervenomX Proximo II TF 747484-700Nike Air Max Siren Womens Black/Anthracite Running Shoes V13171, 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 Shoe Nike Internationalist Mid 682844-404. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Womens Black/Purple Dusk/Mulberry/Black Running Shoes V25046,Men's Shoe Nike Kobe Mamba Instinct 852473-002Nike Air Max Thea Womens White/Black/Cool Grey Running Shoes V87656,, 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 Shoe Nike Magista Onda II TF 844417-708.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Flex Run 2015 Womens Wolf Grey/Fierce Purple/Atomic Pink/Hyper Orange Running Shoes V98202,Men's Shoe Nike Metcon 2 819899-701Nike Fs Lite Run 3 Womens Dark Grey/Hyper Orange/White/Vivid Purple Running Shoes V50491,, 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 Nike Tiempo Rio III IC Light Crimson/Total Crimson/Metallic Silver UK#N5-9520,Men's Shoe Nike Lupinek Flyknit Low 882685-300Men's Nike LunarGlide 6 Light Magnet Grey/Photo Blue/Volt/Black UK#N5-9519,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Men's Nike Flex Fury 2 Pure Platinum/Cool Grey/White/Racer Blue UK#N5-9502,Men's Shoe Nike Roshe One Fleece 749658-301Nike Kids Fusion Black/Volt/Metallic Silver UK#N5-9588, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Women's Nike Flex Trainer 5 Soar/Deep Royal Blue/White/Volt UK#N5-9251,Men's Shoe Nike Roshe One Hyper Breathe 833125-300adidas Originals Tongue Labels Backpack CP15, 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 Crep Rain and Stain Shoe Care CP352,Men's Shoe Nike Swoosh HNTR 832820-001Flossy Infant Plimsole CP511, 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. adidas Originals Junior LA Trainer CP570,Men's shoe Nike Tiempo Legend VI FG 819177-010Supra Junior Owen Reflective Trainer CP687, 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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