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 Grade School Deep Royal Blue/Metallic Silver/Green Strike/Black Running Shoe 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 Nike Zoom Structure 18 Womens Lyon Blue/Black/Pink Pow/Clearwater Running Shoes V62935, 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 Originals Infant Stan Smith Trainer CP461,Nike Roshe One Mid Boys Grade School Bamboo/Bamboo/Volt/Baroque Brown/Bright Crimson Running Shoes VNike Infant Air Max 90 Leather Trainer CP535, 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 Shox Nz Si Plus Boys Grade School White/Neutral Grey/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V92896 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 Levi's Line 8 Super Skinny Jeans CP900,Adidas Element Refine Girls Grade School Neon Pink/Black/White Running Shoes V66057Condemned Nation Hazuki Pique Hooded Top CP978,.

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 Hack Apollo Hooded Top CP1073,Nike Air Max 2016 Girls Grade School Wolf Grey/Black/Cool Grey/Hyper Pink Running Shoes V96845Nike Tribute Hooded Track Top CP1119, 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 95 Le Girls Grade School Black/Pink Pow/White/Photo Blue/Volt Running Shoes V24129. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Brave Soul MJK Armour Parka Jacket CP1253,Nike Flex Fury 2 Girls Grade School Wolf Grey/Hyper Pink/Dark Grey/White/Cool Grey Running Shoes V98Brave Soul Borwell Premium Bomber Jacket CP1277,, 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 Run Girls Grade School Hyper Violet/Hyper Turquoise/Black/White Running Shoes V59688.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Ellesse Trevisina Hooded Rain Mac CP1364,Nike Huarache Run Girls Grade School Chalk Blue/Bright Mango/Obsidian/Canary/White Running Shoes V43Native Youth Football Jacket CP1459,, 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 UCLA Morrilton Varsity Jacket CP1546,Nike Lunarglide 7 Girls Grade School Black/White/Pink Pow/Metallic Silver Running Shoes V35489Pretty Green Mosley Crew Knit CP1853,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Converse Core Fleece Short CP2110,Adidas Adipure Crazyquick Mens Light Scarlet/Metallic Silver/Collegiate Navy Basketball Shoes V62174Nike Tribute Short CP2168, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Oiler & Boiler Tuckernuck Shortie Swimmer Short CP2328,Adidas 2015 Crazylight Boost Primeknit Mens Black/White/Clear Grey Basketball Shoes V33594Nike Tribute Track Top CP3578, 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 Timberland City Shuffler Chukka Boot CP3774,Adidas D Lillard 1 Mens White/Black/Gold Met Basketball Shoes V87898Clarks Originals Jink Shoe CP3885, 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. Toms Avalon Sneaker Shoe CP3941,Adidas Crazy Light Boost Mens Solar Yellow/Black/Solar Red Basketball Shoes V77975adidas Originals Superstar Patent Trainer CP4057, 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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