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 Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Black/Reflective Silver/Pure Platinum Running Shoes V25226 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 adidas Originals Quilted Superstar Jacket CP1195, 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 Bellfield Saltaire Padded Bomber Jacket CP1248,Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Deep Royal Blue/Ghost Green/Voltage Green/Black Running Shoes V51951Condemned Nation Woody Bomber Jacket CP1310, 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 Flyknit Lunar 3 Mens Racer Blue/Total Crimson/Volt/Black Running Shoes V71430 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 Alphalab Stealth Camouflage Jog Short CP2073,Nike Flex Fury Mens Wolf Grey/Total Orange/Cool Grey/Anthracite Running Shoes V98990Hype Script Fleece Short CP2148,.

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 Nike Kids Jr Hypervenom Pro TF Soccer Wolf Grey/White/Total Orange UK#N5-9458,Nike Cortez Mens White/Metallic Silver/Black Running Shoes V92460Sik Silk Retro Swim Short CP2342, 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 Flyknit Lunar 3 Mens Bright Crimson/Hyper Orange/Summit White/Black Running Shoes V41847. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Franklin & Marshall Crew Suit CP3608,Nike Free Rn Distance Mens Deep Royal Blue/Black/Heritage Cyan/Gamma Blue Running Shoes V51801Timberland 6 Inch Premium Quilted Boot CP3786,, 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 Flyknit Racer Mens Fireberry/Volt/Pink Flash Running Shoes V53494.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Havaianas Tradicional Flip Flop CP3841,Nike Flyknit Racer Mens White/Black/Game Royal/Green Strike Running Shoes V87731Original Penguin Legit Suede Shoe CP3928,, 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 adidas Originals Gazelle OG Trainer CP4002,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Mens Black/Reflective Silver/Pure Platinum Running Shoes V25256adidas Originals Stan Smith Vulcanised Trainer CP4099,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Asics GT-II Trainer CP4206,Nike Fs Lite Run 3 Mens Black/Anthracite/Black Running Shoes V13396Bjorn Borg X100 Low Rub Trainer CP4255, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Creative Recreation Cesario Low XVI Quilt Trainer CP4322,Nike Lunartempo Mens Black/Sonic Yellow/Wolf Grey/Laser Orange Running Shoes V28895Cruyff Santi Mesh Cobra Trainer CP4438, 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 Hugo Boss Hyllon Trainer CP4485,Nike Lunarglide 7 Mens Ocean Fog/Blue Grey/Sail/Black Running Shoes V67422Nike SB Check Trainer CP4617, 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 Roshe Run Trainer CP4701,Nike Shox Nz Mens White/Black/White Running Shoes V88954Nike Hyperfresh Trainer CP4808, 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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