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 Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Mens Black/White/Hyper Jade Running Shoes V34630 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 Boots CARLOS by Carlos Santana Havana Wide Shaft Black
Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Brave Soul MJK Armour Parka Jacket CP1253, 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 Carhartt Anchorage Parka Jacket CP1284,Nike Cortez Mens White/Varsity Red Running Shoes V94815Criminal Damage MA2 Jacket CP1330, 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 Nike Free Rn Mens Heritage Cyan/Black/Blue Spark/Laser Orange Running Shoes V58022 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 Condemned Nation Disciple Short CP2102,Nike Flyknit Racer Mens Fireberry/Volt/Pink Flash Running Shoes V53494Nike MPT Tech Polka Short CP2188,.

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 Pacific Standard Bore Swim Short CP2334,Nike Free Rn Flyknit Mens Photo Blue/Gamma Blue/Total Orange/Black Running Shoes V68280adidas Originals Brion Track Top CP3521, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Womens Sandals CARLOS by Carlos Santana Cairo Blue
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 Free 5.0 Flash Mens Black/Cool Grey/Pure Platinum/Reflective Silver Running Shoes V15503. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Clarks Originals Desert Boot CP3736,Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Mens Black/Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/White Running Shoes V37650Calvin Klein Flip Flop CP3826,, 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 Fs Lite Run 3 Mens Black/Anthracite/Black Running Shoes V13396.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Armani Jeans Suede Loafer CP3872,Nike Lunarestoa 2 Mens Black/Anthracite/Cool Grey/Black Running Shoes V13552adidas Originals ZX Flux Slip On Trainer CP3995,, 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 adidas Originals San Remo Trainer CP4061,Nike Lunarestoa 2 Mens Black/Kumquat/Sail Running Shoes V21104adidas Originals Superstar Xeno Trainer CP4129,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Asics Gel-Lyte V 'Holiday Pack' Trainer CP4236,Nike Lunartempo 2 Mens Racer Blue/Light Photo Blue/Volt/Black Running Shoes V71032Converse Breakpoint Trainer CP4303, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Creative Recreation Cesario Low Woven Trainer CP4380,Nike Zoom Elite 8 Mens Black/Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/White Running Shoes V37753Lacoste Carnaby Evo Marl Trainer CP4506, 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 Le Coq Sportif R950 Silicone Trainer CP4543,Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Mens Black/Cool Grey/White/Green Strike Running Shoes V15905Nike Air Foamposite Pro Trainer CP4632, 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. Nike Paul Rodriguez 9 R/R Trainer CP4729,Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Flash Mens Black/White/Reflective Silver Running Shoes V35571Nike Air Max 90 Essential Trainer CP4828, 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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