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 Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Mens Black/Hyper Orange/University Blue/Sail Running Shoes V20551 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 Brave Soul Everest Puffer Parka Jacket CP1275, 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 Ellesse Puffer Jacket CP1356,Nike Fs Lite Run 2 Mens Dark Magnet Grey/White/Black Running Shoes V51289Good For Nothing Baychester Longline Bomber Jacket CP1400, 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 Lunartempo 2 Mens University Red/Black/Bright Crimson/White Running Shoes V82008 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 Supremacy Ash Tennis Short CP2203,Nike Fs Lite Run 3 Mens Black/White Running Shoes V31632Asylum Cassana Short CP2289,.

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 Ellesse Zobi Shell Top CP3546,Nike Lunartempo Mens Black/Sonic Yellow/Wolf Grey/Laser Orange Running Shoes V29045Franklin & Marshall Arch Logo Suit CP3615, 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 Fs Lite Run 3 Mens University Red/Black/White/Total Crimson Running Shoes V82253. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Timberland 6 Inch Waterproof Exo Grid Boot CP3788,Nike Lunartempo 2 Mens Racer Blue/Light Photo Blue/Volt/Black Running Shoes V71032Sik Silk Slide Sandal CP3866,, 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 Roshe One Mens Wolf Grey/White Running Shoes V99266.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Timberland Classic Boat Shoe CP3932,Nike Roshe One Winter Mens Gym Red/Gym Red/Sail Running Shoes V57397adidas Originals Tubular Runner Trainer CP4028,, 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 Superstar 80s Metallic Trainer CP4124,Nike Tri Fusion Run Mens Dark Grey/White/Black Running Shoes V51107adidas Originals Topanga Trainer CP4181,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Asylum Ox Trainer CP4287,Nike Zoom Vomero 10 Mens Total Crimson/Sail/Racer Blue/Black Running Shoes V80859Creative Recreation Kaplan Croc Red Mesh Trainer CP4354, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Fred Perry Stratford Canvas Trainer CP4450,Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Black/White/Silver Metallic Flip Flops V36175Lacoste Premium Leather Gazon Slip-on Trainer CP4518, 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 Nike Eric Koston 2 Max Trainer CP4595,Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3 Womens Sun Glow/White/Shock Red Running Shoes V79866Nike Air Max 90 Essential Trainer CP4712, 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 Hyperfresh Trainer CP4810,Adidas Pure Boost Womens Black/White Running Shoes V31795Nike Lunarestoa 2 Essential Trainer CP4881, 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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