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 Air Max Siren Womens Sport Fuchsia/Black/Summit White/Mulberry Running Shoes V78840 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 Hawksworth Faris Chino Short CP2146, 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 Nike Nike AW77 Box Shorts CP2189,Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 Womens University Red/Hyper Orange/Volt/Black Running Shoes V82502Pacific Standard Bore Swim Short CP2334, 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 Max 2016 Womens Copa/Blue Lagoon/Vivid Purple/Black Running Shoes V48120 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 Lacoste Keellson 3 Boat Shoe CP3920,Nike Air Max Thea Womens Black/Anthracite/White/Wolf Grey Running Shoes V14096adidas Originals Gazelle OG Trainer CP4002,.

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 Hamburg Freizeit Trainer CP4100,Nike Air Max 2016 Womens Pink Blast/Laser Orange/White/Black Running Shoes V68763adidas Originals Gazelle OG Trainer CP4185, 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 Air Max 90 Ultra Womens White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V96721. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Bjorn Borg X110 Low Suede Trainer CP4259,Nike Air Max 2016 Womens White/Black Running Shoes V87019Creative Recreation Kaplan Stingray Trainer CP4326,, 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 Air Max Thea Womens Light Retro/Artisan Teal Running Shoes V61612.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Cruyff Santi Space Quilt Trainer CP4391,Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Black/Pure Platinum/White Running Shoes V24549Gourmet Netto Trainer CP4467,, 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 Lacoste Straightset Trainer CP4523,Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Womens Vivid Purple/Fuchsia Glow/Black Running Shoes V85156Nike Air Max 1 Premium Trainer CP4659,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Nike Air Max Tavas Trainer CP4714,Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Black/Bright Crimson/Sail/Hyper Orange Running Shoes V14463Nike Air Jordan Spike Forty PE Trainer CP4783, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Nike Free Run 2 Trainer CP4873,Nike Flex Fury Womens Vivid Purple/Copa/Blue Lagoon/Black Running Shoes V84979Reebok Classic Leather Trainer CP4980, 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 Air Max 1 Ultra Moire Trainer CP4862,Nike Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Racer Blue/White/Chalk Blue Running Shoes V71882Y3 Retro Boost Trainer CP5124, 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. adidas Originals Womens Stan Smith Crackle Trainer CP5259,Nike Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Bright Crimson/Atomic Pink/White/White Running Shoes V41652Womens Shoes adidas Essence Stabil White/Tech Metallic/Cinder, 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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