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 Free 5.0 2015 Boys Preschool Dark Grey/Black/Wolf Grey/Cool Grey/White Running Shoes V49968 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 Women's Nike Flex Trainer 5 Print Blue Lagoon/Copa/Game Royal/Black UK#N5-9564, 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 Trail Wolf Grey/Anthracite/Black/Pink Pow UK#N5-9467,Nike Flex Experience 4 Boys Preschool Black/Volt/Pink Pow/White Running Shoes V30345Ellesse Regent Nylon Backpack CP45, 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 Lillard 2.0 Boys Grade School Power Red/Power Red/Scarlet Basketball Shoes V69403 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 Men's Nike Tiempo Rio II FG Black/Black UK#N5-8936,Adidas D Rose 6 Boys Grade School Copper Metallic/Black/Scarlet/Shock Mint Basketball Shoes V48820Havaianas Nursery Brasil Logo Flip Flop CP773,.

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 Hype Skinny Jean CP862,Adidas D Rose 773 Iii Boys Grade School Light Onix/Black/White Basketball Shoes V61374Alphalab Stealth Velour Full Zip Hooded Top CP959, 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 6 Boys Grade School Black/Gold Metallic Basketball Shoes V19021. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, EA7 Core ID Full Zip Fleece Hooded Top CP1045,Adidas D Rose 6 Boys Grade School Black/Eqt Orange/Black Basketball Shoes V18324Jack & Jones Brad Overhead Hooded Top CP1081,, 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 D Rose 6 Boys Grade School Scarlet/White Basketball Shoes V73990.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. The North Face Drew Peak Hooded Top CP1166,Women's Training Shoe Nike Lunar Sculpt 818062-001Bellfield Tenant Rain Jacket CP1241,, 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 Creative Recreation Fur Trim Puffer Jacket CP1318,Adidas Kinetic Boost Boys Grade School Solar Zest/Orange Running Shoes V78649Jack & Jones Union Vintage Parka CP1415,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Pop Boutique Harrington Jacket CP1492,Adidas J Wall 2 Boys Grade School Night Flash/Black/Frozen Green Basketball Shoes V66403Condemned Nation Triple Knitted Cardigan CP1789, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Antony Morato Fleece Short CP2078,Nike Cortez Boys Grade School Black/White/Leather Running Shoes V34926Nike Flow Short CP2186, 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 Native Youth Block Colour Swim Short CP2323,Nike Air Max Bw Boys Grade School Cool Grey/Obsidian/White/Voltage Green Running Shoes V47355EA7 Train Core Track Suit CP3593, 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 Boots CP3764,Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School White/University Red/Racer Blue Running Shoes V94774Havaianas Tradicional Flip Flop CP3841, 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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