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 Training Shoe Nike Metcon 3 852928-100 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?

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Well, Adidas did just that with the Women's Nike Internationalist Black/Mulberry/Midnight Navy/String UK#N5-9141, 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 Women's Nike Dual Fusion TR 4 Print Blue Grey/Ocean Fog/Squadron Blue/White UK#N5-8781,Adidas Crazy 8 Boys Grade School Aluminum/Black/Lead Basketball Shoes V10028Women's Nike FS Lite Run 2 Blue Lagoon/White/Tide Pool Blue UK#N5-9207, 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 Adidas D Rose 5 Boost Boys Grade School White/Scarlet/Light Onix/Black Basketball Shoes V94014 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 Nursery ZX Flux Trainer CP709,Adidas D Rose 773 Iii Boys Grade School Light Onix/Black/White Basketball Shoes V61374Nike Kids Alpha Strike 2 3/4 TD BG Football Sport Royal/Black/White UK#N5-9496,.

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 Only & Sons Loom Slim Jean CP903,Adidas D Rose Lakeshore Boys Grade School Black/Light Scarlet Basketball Shoes V21305adidas Originals Sport Full Zip Hooded Top CP942, 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 Adidas D Rose 5 Boost Boys Grade School Scarlet/Black/White Basketball Shoes V73577. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Cruyff Laszlo Lounge Hooded Top CP1037,Adidas D Lillard 2.0 Boys Grade School Black/Vivid Red/Shock Blue Basketball Shoes V29884Nike Tech Fleece Hooded Top CP1112,, 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 Adidas Rose 773 Boys Grade School Black/White/Light Scarlet Basketball Shoes V35066.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Alessandro Zavetti Sila Puffer Jacket CP1199,Adidas J Wall Boys Grade School Lucky Blue/Silver Metallic/Scarlet Basketball Shoes V62550Brave Soul Flyer Mac Longline Bomber Jacket CP1262,, 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.

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Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Sik Silk Retro Swim Short CP2336,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School Cool Grey/Voltage Green/Obsidian/Lucid Green/White Running Shoes VKappa Allen Track Top CP3576, 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. Timberland 6 Inch Premium Boot CP3766,Nike Huarache Run Boys Grade School White/Pure Platinum/White Running Shoes V93896Clear Weather One-O-One Shoe CP3904, 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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