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 Air Max 90 Mens Squadron Blue/Black/Bright Citrus/Flight Silver Running Shoes V78960 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 Tech Fleece Hooded Top CP1112, 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 UCLA Rocklin Hooded Top CP1167,Nike Air Max 90 Mid Winter Mens Squadron Blue/Dark Grey/Bright Citrus/Black Running Shoes V79004Antony Morato Quilted Driver Jacket CP1220, 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 Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Black/White/Black Running Shoes V33253 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 Franklin & Marshall Small Logo Knit Jumper CP1800,Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Black/White/Black Running Shoes V33275Brave Soul Eastborne Skinny Denim Shorts CP2095,.

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 Good For Nothing Tennis Short CP2142,Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Mens Wolf Grey/Cargo Khaki/Lucid Green/Black Running Shoes V97214Calvin Klein One Logo Tape Swim Shorts CP2297, 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 Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Total Crimson/Black/White/Print Running Shoes V80766. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Ellesse Salerno Track Top CP3554,Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 Mens Pure Platinum/White/Cool Grey/Black Running Shoes V70404Franklin & Marshall Small Logo Poly Tracksuit CP3611,, 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 Flex Run 2015 Mens Dark Grey/Black/White/Gym Red Running Shoes V49862.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Flossy Palmira Espadrille CP3799,Nike Flex Fury 2 Mens Black/University Red/Total Crimson Running Shoes V29274Clear Weather Lakota Stingray Shoe CP3897,, 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 Cruyff Trophy CFI Trainer CP4424,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Mens Pure Platinum/Copa/Black/White Running Shoes V69822New Balance ML373 Trainer CP4560, 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. Nike Air Flight 89 Trainer CP4629,Nike Fs Lite Run 2 Mens Dark Magnet Grey/White/Black Running Shoes V51308Nike Air Force 1 Weatherised Duckboot CP4604, 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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