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 Lupinek Flyknit Low 882685-100 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?

Timberland Newmarket 6-Inch Mock Toe Boot CP3790
Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Nike Air Max 2016 Mens Wolf Grey/Racer Blue/Sail/Black Running Shoes V98922, 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 Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Black/White/Black Running Shoes V33230,Men's Shoe Nike Metcon Repper DSX College (Kentucky) 921215-002Nike Cortez Mens Obsidian/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V67182, 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.

Nike Free 5.0 2015 Mens Pure Platinum/Hot Lava/Black Running Shoes V70185,,Men's Shoe Nike Metcon Repper DSX College (UNC) 921215-401Nike Zoom Wildhorse 3 Mens Anthracite/Racer Blue/Laser Orange/Total Crimson Running Shoes V11081,,Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 Womens Frost Mint/Black Running Shoes V53994,Men's Shoe Nike Presto Fly 908019-400Adidas Energy Boost Reveal Womens Black/Neon Pink Running Shoes V23088,.

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 Roshe One Flyknit Premium 746825-402 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 Vigor 6 Tr Womens Dark Grey/Bold Pink/Flash Red Running Shoes V50078,Men's Shoe Nike Roshe Flyknit 677243-013Adidas F50 Adizero Fg Womens Lucky Blue/White/Night Flash Soccer Shoes V62556,.

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 Air Max Siren Womens Pure Platinum/White/Metallic Silver/Black Running Shoes V70494,Men's Shoe Nike Roshe One 511881-010Nike Air Max Thea Womens Gamma Blue/Deep Royal Blue/White/Rio Teal Running Shoes V55278, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

The North Face Hedgehog Hike Gore-Tex Trainer CP5050
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 Roshe Two SE 859543-300. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Black/Anthracite/White/Metallic Dark Grey Running Shoes V14050,Men's Shoe Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Premium 830699-002Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Womens Gamma Blue/Photo Blue/White/Black Running Shoes V55449,, 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 Train Ultrafast Flyknit 843694-073.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Shox Nz Womens White/Artisan Teal/Light Retro Running Shoes V86270,Men's Basketball Shoe Nike Zoom KD 9 843392-900Nike Zoom Elite 8 Womens Black/Volt/Pink Pow/Ghost Green Running Shoes V30269,, 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 Flex 2015 RUN Wolf Grey/White/Black UK#N5-9361,Men's Shoe Nike Zoom All Out Low 889123-001Men's Nike Metcon 2 Ocean Fog/Dark Grey/Photo Blue/Black UK#N5-8864,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Nike Kids Mercurial Victory V CR TF Soccer Black/Total Crimson/White UK#N5-9597,Men's Shoe Nike Zoom Kobe Icon 818583-600Women's Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic 2 Fuchsia Flash/Light Retro/White/Black UK#N5-9332, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Backpack CP37,Men's Shoe Nike Zoom Winflo 3 831561-002Mr Lacy Runnies Laces CP368, 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 Nike Infant Air Max 90 OG Infrared Trainer CP534,Men's Shoe NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultra 845007-800Creative Recreation Junior Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP601, 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 Nursery Superstar Foundation Trainer CP699,Men's Shoe Nike Zoom Speed Trainer 3 804401-001Flossy Nursery Polka Plimsole CP768, 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.

Jack & Jones Mike Dexter JOS054 Coated Jean CP870,Men's Training Shoe Nike Free Trainer 1.0 807436-005Converse Core Patch Hooded Top CP989,

(Cool Stuff is a new feature at Willamette Week where we feature product reviews, roundups, sales and other commerce and shopping-oriented content. All Cool Stuff reviews are editorially independent, meaning we provide honest reviews and aren't paid by the brands we write about. If you do choose to purchase something after following one of our links, Willamette Week may receive a commission, which helps fund our journalism.)