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 Jimmy Choo Sandals Women Coupon_872, 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?

Womens Shoes COACH Ludlow Feathered Grey Dusted Suede/Pewter Nappa
Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Nike Free Rn Flyknit Womens Hyper Violet/Gamma Blue/Concord/Black Running Shoes V59614, 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 Roshe One Womens Brigade Blue/Wolf Grey/Obsidian/Squadron Blue Running Shoes V41374,Jimmy Choo Wedges Women Coupon_952,Men's Nike Vapor Speed Low TD Black/White UK#N5-8761, 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 New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1138, 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 Originals Junior LA Trainer CP587,New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1180,adidas Originals Nursery Racer Lite Trainer CP702,.

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 Nike Junior Roshe Run One Trainer CP675,New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1261,Condemned Nation Cranston Twist Pique Zip Hooded Top CP980, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Womens Shoes COACH Moonlight Khaki/Chestnut Signature Embossed PVC/Suede
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 New Balance 996 Men Coupon_1316,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike AW77 Shoebox Full Zip Hooded Top CP1126,New Balance Women Coupon_1373,Brave Soul MJK Kempton Shiny Puffer Jacket CP1251,, 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 New Balance 574 Women Coupon_1484,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Glorious Gangsta Zeus Longline Bomber Jacket CP1387,New Balance 998 Women Coupon_1547,The North Face Glacier Delta Fleece Jacket CP1523,, 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 EA7 Core Logo Down Jacket CP1352,New Balance 996 Women Coupon_1526,Nike Tribute Short CP2168,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, adidas Originals 90s Beckenbauer Germany Track Top CP3528,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1714,Timberland Newmarket II Cupsole 6 Inch Boot CP3777, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Kickers Kick Hi Core Shoe CP3917,Nike Kevin Durant Men Coupon_1747,adidas Originals ZX 500 OG Trainer CP4060, 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 adidas Originals Stan Smith Mono Trainer CP4172,Nike Kevin Durant War Boots Men Coupon_1769,Creative Recreation Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP4320, 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. Gourmet Netto Trainer CP4467,Men's Artificial-Grass Soccer Cleat Nike Hypervenom Phantom II AG 747490-108,Nike Eric Koston 2 Max Trainer CP4595, 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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