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 Shox Nz Mens Black/Varsity Red/White Running Shoes V29322 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 Foray Vector Bomber Jacket CP1373, 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 Native Youth Contrast Sleeve Quilted Varsity Jacket CP1456,Nike Zoom Wildhorse 3 Mens Cool Grey/Anthracite/Persian Violet/Black Running Shoes V46415Rains Long Jacket CP1507, 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 Zoom Structure 18 Mens Total Orange/Voltage Green/Ghost Green/Black Running Shoes V81578 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 The North Face Classic Swim Short CP2344,Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Black/Iron Metallic Flip Flops V21044adidas Originals Superstar Track Top CP3522,.

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 Timberland Euro Sprint Hiker Boot CP3756,Nike Zoom Elite 8 Mens White/Dark Grey/Black/Pure Platinum Running Shoes V90885Ellesse Pisa Small Logo Flip Flop CP3834, 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 Zoom Winflo 2 Mens Wolf Grey/Black/White/Bright Crimson Running Shoes V97084. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Armani Jeans Suede Loafer CP3870,Adidas Eezay Dots Womens Solid Grey/Clear Green/Sun Glow Flip Flops V78725adidas Originals Stan Smith Trainer CP3976,, 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 Adidas Energy Boost 2 Esm Womens Midnight Grey/White/Frozen Green Running Shoes V64337.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. adidas Originals Superstar Snake Pack Trainer CP4051,Adidas Adizero Tempo 6 Womens Vivid Berry/Metallic Silver/Glow Coral Running Shoes V84444adidas Originals ZX 8000 Boost Trainer CP4148,, 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 Tubular X Trainer CP4184,Adidas Energy Boost 2 Womens Vivid Berry/Pearl Metallic/Glow Running Shoes V84466Converse Fulton Trainer CP4291,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Creative Recreation Kaplan Perforated Woodgrain Trainer CP4367,Adidas Pure Boost Womens White/Black/Clear Grey Running Shoes V87411Gourmet 35 Lite Cork LX Trainer CP4462, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.New Balance ML373 Trainer CP4559,Adidas Pure Boost Womens Grey/Grey/Clear Brown Running Shoes V56778adidas Originals Adi Sun Flip Flop CP3813, 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 Juvenate Trainer CP4695,Adidas Supernova Boost Glide 6 Womens Neon Pink/Zero Metallic/Black Running Shoes V66194Nike Kobe X 'Liberty' Trainer CP4793, 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. Puma Trinomic Disc Blaze Modern Trainer CP4893,Adidas Ultra Boost Womens Black/Gold Metallic Running Shoes V19051Supra Owen Mesh Runner Trainer CP5010, 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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