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 Flyknit Lunar 3 Mens Black/Metallic Pewter/Anthracite/Barely Green Running Shoes V21865 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 UCLA Vinnie Pique Hooded Top CP1171, 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 Carhartt Anchorage Parka Jacket CP1285,Nike Flex Fury Mens Black/White/Wolf Grey/Cool Grey Running Shoes V37409Converse Core Poly Fill Jacket CP1317, 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 Racer Mens Blue Glow/White/Black Running Shoes V39143 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 Carhartt Skill Short CP2101,Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit 2015 Mens Black/White/Anthracite Running Shoes V32678Nike Tech Fleece Short CP2177,.

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 adidas Originals Palm Tree Swim Short CP2282,Nike Flyknit Racer Mens Fireberry/Volt/Pink Flash Running Shoes V53494Condemned Nation Cliffe Roses Print Track Top CP3539, 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 Free 5.0 2015 Mens Black/Anthracite Running Shoes V13103. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Timberland 6 Inch Premium Boot CP3753,Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Mens Black/Hyper Orange/University Blue/Sail Running Shoes V20542adidas Originals Adilette Slide Sandal CP3811,, 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 5.0 2015 Mens Black/White/White Running Shoes V37385.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Drome Neoprene Penny Loafer CP3907,Nike Lunartempo 2 Mens University Red/Black/Bright Crimson/White Running Shoes V82008adidas Originals Superstar Foundation Trainer CP3985,, 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 Top Ten Hi Leather Trainer CP4030,Nike Lunarglide 7 Mens Black/Anthracite/Cool Grey/Black Running Shoes V13568adidas Originals ZX 8000 Boost Trainer CP4148,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Asics GT-Quick GITD Trainer CP4194,Nike Lunarglide 7 Mens Ocean Fog/Blue Grey/Sail/Black Running Shoes V67422Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Leather Mono Trainer CP4272, 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 Adonis Mid Trainer CP4378,Adidas Pure Boost Reveal Mens Solar Green/Black/Clear Grey Running Shoes V76679Cruyff Vanenburg X-LITE Cobra Trainer CP4425, 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 Le Coq Sportif R900 Chambray Trainer CP4541,Nike Zoom Winflo 2 Mens Black/Anthracite/White/Bright Crimson Running Shoes V13990Nike Paul Rodriguez CTD Canvas Trainer CP4650, 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 Force 1 Elite Trainer CP4738,Nike Shox Nz Mens Dark Grey/Anthracite/Black/Metallic Iron Running Shoes V49107Nike Roshe NM Flyknit Premium Trainer CP4815, 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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