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 Nen's nike KOBE X 705317-333 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 Adizero Adios 2 Womens Blast Purple/Black/Red Zest Running Shoes V38967, 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 Adidas Adizero Tempo Boost Womens Black/Flash Pink Running Shoes V18698,Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8 University Blue Legend/White/Gum Light Brown/Blue LegendAdidas Supernova Glide Womens Black/Pink Running Shoes V23934, 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.

Adidas Supercloud Plus Womens White/Frozen Green/Super Pink Slippers V91306,,NIKE AIR FORCE 1 07 White/WhiteNike Air Max Dynasty Womens Cool Grey/Fierce Purple/Hyper Grape/Black Running Shoes V46855,,Nike Air Max 2016 Womens Gamma Blue/Ghost Green/White Running Shoes V55318,NIKE AIR HUARACHE White/Clearwater/Flash Lime/WhiteNike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Violet Ash/Hyper Orange/Sail/Black Running Shoes V83808,.

The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's NIKE AIR FORCE 1 HIGH 07 Black/Dark Grey 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 Nike Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Bright Crimson/Atomic Pink/White/White Running Shoes V41674,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ULTRA MOIRE Game University Red/White/UniversityNike Internationalist Womens Black/Cool Grey/Anthracite/Pure Platinum Running Shoes V15442,.

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 Shox Superfly R4 Womens Metallic Silver/Hyper Punch/Cool Grey Running Shoes V63617,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ULTRA MOIRE Black/Black/WhiteMen's Nike Air Pegasus 83 Black/Anthracite/Fleet Silver/White UK#N5-9344, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Womens Shoes adidas Court Stabil Black/White/Shock Green
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 NIKE AIR MAX 2015 White/Black/Volt. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Nike Zoom Speed TR 2 Pure Platinum/Wolf Grey/Volt/Metallic Silver UK#N5-9226,Men's Shoe Jordan Eclipse 724010-005Men's Nike SB Trainerendor Leather Cargo Khaki/White/White/Metallic Cool Grey UK#N5-9556,, 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 NIKE AIR MAX PLUS Grey/White Fade.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Kids Roshe One Print Copa/Blue Lagoon/White UK#N5-9547,NIKE AIR MAX THEA Black/WhiteWomen's Nike Prime Hype DF II Black/White/Metallic Silver/Reflect Silver UK#N5-9575,, 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 Women's Nike Golf Lunar Bruin Black/Anthracite/White UK#N5-9629,NIKE AIR ZOOM ELITE 7 Volt/Black/Lyon BlueMr Lacy Runnies Laces CP368,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Toms Infant Classic Slip On Espadrille CP543,NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 31 Black/WhiteCreative Recreation Junior Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP609, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Timberland Junior 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boot CP697,NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 31 Vapor Green/White/Flash Lime/BlackTimberland Nursery 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boot CP794, 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 Levi's 511 Slim Jean CP895,NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 33 831352-100Asylum Python Quilt Hooded Top CP976, 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. Jack & Jones Davy Overhead Hooded Top CP1084,Nike Flyknit Racer Unisex Running Shoe 526628-009Rose London Pablo Velour Full Zip Hooded Top CP1151, 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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