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 Womens Black/Voltage Green/Lucky Green/Sail Running Shoes V30471 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 Ellesse Milan Interlock Track Top CP3555, 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 EA7 7 Lines Cotton Suit CP3602,Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Womens Blue Grey/Sail/Voltage Green/Black Running Shoes V39487Timberland Adventure 2.0 Cupsole Boot CP3776, 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 Flyknit Lunar 3 Womens Hyper Orange/Racer Blue/University Blue/Black Running Shoes V58749 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 adidas Originals Superstar Vulcanised ADV Trainer CP4149,Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Womens Vivid Purple/Fuchsia Glow/Bright Crimson/Black Running Shoes V8518adidas Originals Tubular X Trainer CP4184,.

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 Converse Star Player Wax Tech Ox Trainer CP4280,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Womens Violet Ash/White/Hyper Orange/Black Running Shoes V83848Creative Recreation Kaplan Croc Red Mesh Trainer CP4354, 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 Juvenate Womens Loyal Blue/University Red/Bright Crimson Running Shoes V62383. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Cruyff Puente Hi Trainer CP4429,Nike Fs Lite Run 3 Womens Black/Chalk Blue/White/Atomic Pink Running Shoes V14861Lacoste L.ight Pique SPM Trainer CP4513,, 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 Fs Lite Run 3 Womens Copa/Cool Grey/White/Hyper Orange Running Shoes V48128.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Air Max 90 Leather Trainer CP4599,Nike Juvenate Womens White/Pure Platinum Running Shoes V93491Nike Free OG 2014 Trainer CP4666,, 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 Nike Elite Shinsen Trainer CP4762,Nike Roshe One Womens White/White/Black Running Shoes V95136Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot CP4848,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Ralph Lauren Polo Harvey-NE Trainer CP4938,Nike Lunartempo Womens Wolf Grey/Fuchsia Flash/Flash Lime/Black Running Shoes V98297Reebok Classic Leather Utility Trainer CP4984, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Vans Old Skool T&L Trainer CP5100,Nike Tri Fusion Run Womens Hyper Pink/Dark Grey/White/Metallic Platinum Running Shoes V59221Timberland Womens 6 Inch Premium Boot CP5178, 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 adidas Originals Womens Gazelle OG Trainer CP5255,Nike Wild Trail Womens Anthracite/Vivid Pink/White/Polarized Blue Running Shoes V11233Womens Shoes adidas Galaxy Allegra III White/Iron Metallic/Flash Green, 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 Shoes adidas Golf Climacool II Running White/Silver Metal/Flash Red,Nike Zoom Elite 8 Womens Menta/Ghost Green/Voltage Green/Black Running Shoes V63328Womens Shoes adidas Running Springblade Ignite Frozen Blue/Midnight Indigo/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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