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 Black Friday - (899) 100% Authentic Nike Air Jordan 10 Nyc Size 11 Black/Gold, 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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Well, Adidas did just that with the Various Sizes Converse CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR II HI SZ 8 PARCH CT White 52EW550 for Men, 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 Very Cheap Nike Air Jordan Trainer 1 Low Elephant Infrared 23 845403-006 8-13 zoom 3 Black 48HQ-8679 for Men,Black Friday - Nike Ar Zoom Kobe 9 IX Silk Road Size 11 with box,Vogue Air Jordan 5 Air Jordan Retro Grape 5 83SB524 for Men, 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 Latest Products - New NIKE AIR JORDAN 13 XIII PRM Size 17 3M REFLECTIVE 696298 023 Rare Mens Shoes, 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 Authentic Air Jordan 13 Retro Squadron Blue,Latest Products - Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro 97 Black White Gym Red Size 10 (939),Jodan 4 Retro Levi's Denim Updated Version,.

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 Mens Football Shoes Black White,Low-cost direct - Nike Air Lupinek Flyknit ACG SP NikeLab Winter Black Anthracite Boots 826077 001,Asics Mens Running Shoes Island Blue/Flash Coral/Black, 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 Weekend Discount - 687977-066 Men's Sz 12 Nike Air Max LTD 3 BLACK-BRIGHT CRIMSON-ANTHRACITE,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Cat Mens Work Boots Dark Brown,Weekend Discount - Nike Air Jordan 11 Retro XI Cool Grey 378038-001 OG 2010 Release Size 4Y,Egle Mens Casual Shoes Olive,, 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 Reebok Mens Classic Nylon Shoes Black/Coal/Tin Grey/Scarlet/White G57322,.

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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 Discount Adidas D Rose 5 Boost - Core Black / Ftwr White / Scarlet Footwear,New Balance 574 Mens Dark Grey/Red Sneakers G56383,Real Adidas Ciccura - Matte Silver / Light Grey / Band Aid Pink Mel Footwear, 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. Limited Edition Reebok Crossfit Lifter 2.0 Vital Blue / Neon Blue / Gravel Footwear,Mens Nike Air Max 1 Essential Grey Mist/Black/Lyon Blue Sports Shoes G56550,adidas Originals Veritas Lo Men White, 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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