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 Men's Shoe Nike Zoom Mercurial Flyknit 852616-002, 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 Vans Old Skool Trainer CP5067, 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 Birkenstock Womens Gizeh EVA Sandal CP5212,Men's Training Shoe Nike Metcon 1 704688-010,Womens Shoes adidas Barricade Team 4 White/Frozen Yellow/Midnight Indigo, 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 31 Titanium/Total Orange/Bright Citrus, 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 Womens Shoes ALDO Gwalevia Gold,NIKE FREE 4.0 FLYKNIT Pink Pow/Bright Mango/Fireberry/Black,Womens Sandals Anne Klein AKOliveria Pewter/Pewter Synthetic,.

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 Womens Shoes Anne Klein Barb Black Synthetic,NIKE MAGISTA OBRA FG Poison Green/Black/Total Orange,Womens Shoes Badgley Mischka Sansa White Satin, 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 SB LUNAR STEFAN JANOSKI MID SHIELD Black/White/Black,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Sandals C Label Tash-11 Black,Women's Running Shoe Nike Air Max 2017 849560-001,Womens Boots Calvin Klein Jeans Neveah Cognac,, 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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Premium Jacquard 861656-900,.

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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 Womens Shoes COACH Steffi Warm Pewter Mirror Metallic,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Boys Preschool Blue Lagoon/Metallic Silver/Midnight Navy/Copa Running Shoes V3986,Womens Shoes COACH Olive Bronze/Metallic Cross Grain Leather, 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. Womens Sandals Cole Haan Augusta Sandal Black/White Chevron Print,Adidas S Flex Boys Grade School Black/Solar Red/White Running Shoes V28464,Womens Shoes Cole Haan Air Tali OT Wedge 40 Electra Patent, 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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