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 Adidas Originals Adilette Mens Brazil/Green/Yellow/Blue Slippers V41115 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 Hype Skinny Jean CP862, 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 3-Stripe Sleeve Fitted Hooded Top CP936,Adidas Adissage Mens New Navy/White Slippers V66254Creative Recreation Vermont Zip Hooded Top CP1002, 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 Adissage Fade Mens Dark Blue/White/Vivid Yellow Slippers V49028 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 Hawksworth Mac Jacket CP1403,Adidas D Rose Mens Aluminum/Black/Light Scarlet Slippers V10119Luke 1977 Me Duck Down Parka CP1436,.

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 Pretty Green Ventura Bomber Jacket CP1502,Adidas Ace 16.1 Fg/Ag Mens Shock Blue/Semi Solar Slime/White Soccer Shoes V74513Ellesse Zoff Crew Neck Cable Knit Jumper CP1797, 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 X 15.3 Fg/Ag Mens Solar Blue/Solar Yellow/Black Soccer Shoes V76149. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Asylum Glasto Ripped Denim Short CP2083,Adidas Messi 15.3 Tf Mens Black/Solar Green/Solar Red Soccer Shoes V28114Ellesse Ambramo Tennis Short CP2130,, 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 Messi 15.1 Fg Mens White/Prime Blue/Black Soccer Shoes V93327.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Creative Recreation Toluca Swim Short CP2305,Adidas Barricade 2015 Mens Bright Yellow/Black/Solar Yellow Tennis Shoes V42681adidas Originals Superstar Track Top CP3523,, 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 Franklin & Marshall Small Logo Poly Tracksuit CP3611,Adidas Sprintstar Mens White/Silver Track & Field Shoes V94239Timberland Splitrock 2 Boot CP3780,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Clae Hooper Suede Shoe CP3878,Nike Air Max Dynasty Mens Black/Met Hematite/Racer Blue/Anthracite Running Shoes V21677adidas Originals Powerphase Trainer CP3994, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.adidas Originals Busenitz Trainer CP4041,Adidas Distancestar Mens Black/White/Black Track & Field Shoes V33166adidas Originals Superstar Xeno Trainer CP4128, 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 Asics Gel-Lyte V 'Holiday Pack' Trainer CP4236,Nike Air Max Wright Mens Magnet Grey/Dark Magnet Grey/Light Magnet Grey Running Shoes V62966Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hiker Trainer CP4284, 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. Creative Recreation Kaplan Trainer CP4371,Nike Air Max 2015 Mens Black/White/Black Running Shoes V33174Hugo Boss Victoire Fiction Trainer CP4489, 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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