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 Women's Shoe Nike Metcon 2 821913-106 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 Men's Nike MD Runner 2 Mid Black/White/Black UK#N5-8978, 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 Men's Nike Air Max Siren White/Wolf Grey/Bright Crimson/Black UK#N5-9147,Women's Shoe Nike LunarTempo 2 849815-600Nike Kids Jr Hypervenom Phelon II TF Soccer Total Orange/Black/Total Orange UK#N5-9193, 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 Women's Shoe NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour 631475-505 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 Converse Infant Chuck Taylor All Star Party Trainer CP492,Women's Training Shoe Nike Metcon 1 813101-002Creative Recreation Junior Kaplan Trainer CP595,.

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 Men's Nike Court Royale Plus Cool Grey/Black/Cool Grey UK#N5-9305,Adidas Rose 4.5 Boys Toddler Black/Light Scarlet Basketball Shoes V21181Creative Recreation Nursery Kaplan Snake Trainer CP755, 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 Nike Air Max 90 Boys Toddler Black/Cool Grey Running Shoes V15126. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Condemned Nation Rodrick Biker Jeans CP833,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Toddler White/Neutral Grey/Black/Cool Grey Running Shoes V92764Only & Sons Warp 3079 Skinny Ripped Jean CP909,, 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 Free 5.0 2015 Girls Toddler White/Chalk Blue/Volt/White/Bright Mango Running Shoes V89660.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Antony Morato Two-Tone Hooded Top CP970,Nike Flex Experience 4 Boys Toddler Black/Metallic Silver/Blue Lagoon/White/Volt Running Shoes V2238Jack & Jones Nathe Full Zip Hooded Top CP1088,, 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 The North Face Canyonlands Hooded Top CP1160,Nike Roshe One Girls Toddler Pink Blast/White Running Shoes V68828Bellfield Saltaire Padded Bomber Jacket CP1248,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Creative Recreation Culver Bubble Jacket CP1324,Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 Fg Boys Preschool Black/White/Flash Orange Soccer Shoes V34023Glorious Gangsta Mars Bomber Jacket CP1391, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Pretty Green Radway Jacket CP1498,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Preschool Wolf Grey/Dark Purple Dust/White/Total Crimson Running Shoes V98020Duck & Cover Ramirez Striped Knit CP1795, 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 Antony Morato Fleece Short CP2076,Adidas D Rose 773 Iii Boys Preschool Scarlet/Black Basketball Shoes V73333Pretty Green Paisley City Short CP2193, 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. Calvin Klein One Logo Tape Swim Short CP2292,Nike Flex Experience 4 Boys Preschool Midnight Navy/Dark Obsidian/Total Orange/Soar Running Shoes V6Creative Recreation Lincoln Track Top CP3542, 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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