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 Men's Turf Soccer Shoe Nike MercurialX Proximo TF 718775-008 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 Nike Zoom Vomero 10 Mens Total Orange/Ghost Green/Voltage Green/Black Running Shoes V81365, 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 Adidas Cosmic Boost Womens Ash Purple/Black/Solar Orange Running Shoes V11568,Men's Turf Soccer Shoe Nike MercurialX Proximo TF 718775-580Adidas Springblade Razor Womens White/Metallic Silver/Mid Grey Running Shoes V92587, 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 HUARACHE White/Black/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey 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 Nike Dart 11 Womens Blue Graphite/Dove Grey/White/Pink Foil Running Shoes V39179,NIKE AIR FORCE 1 HIGH 07 Black/Bright Crimson/White/BlackNike Free 5.0 2015 Womens Violet Ash/White/Hyper Orange/Black Running Shoes V83848,.

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 Nike Shox Vaeda Womens Wolf Grey/Vivid Pink/Black Running Shoes V99166,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ULTRA MOIRE Game University Red/White/UniversityMen's Nike Huarache Keystone Mid Black/White UK#N5-9580, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Womens Shoes adidas Volley Response Boost Dark Grey/Tech Silver/Frozen Yellow
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 1 ULTRA MOIRE Summit White/White/Anthracite/Challen. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Nike Magista Onda IC Metallic Pewter/Ghost Green/Black UK#N5-8842,NIKE AIR MAX 2015 Classic Charcoal/Pink Pow/Total Orange/WhiteMen's Nike SB Satire Canvas Team Red/Black/White UK#N5-9493,, 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 LD-Zero H Unisex Shoe 848624-002.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Kids CJ Strike 3 TD BG Football Black/Anthracite/White UK#N5-9630,NIKE AIR MAX 90 ULTRA BREATHE White/Light Retro/Lava Glow/WhiteWomen's Nike Zoom Pegasus 31 White/Bright Mango/Hyper Grape/Black UK#N5-8742,, 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 Ellesse Regent Nylon Backpack CP46,Nike Air Max Zero Unisex Shoe 789695-105Calvin Klein Cotton Stretch 3 Pack Boxer Short CP403,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, adidas Originals Infant ZX Flux Trainer CP472,Men's Shoe Nike Roshe One Hyper Breathe 833125-200Creative Recreation Junior Kaplan Ripple Trainer CP607, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Women's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Flash Noble Purple/Vivid Purple/Copa/Reflect Silver UK#N5-9510,Nike Air Max Zero Unisex Shoe 789695-004Creative Recreation Nursery Cesario Low XVI Patent Ripstop Trainer CP762, 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 Jack & Jones Ben Original AKM046 Jean CP874,NIKE DUAL FUSION BALLISTEC ADVANTAGE Clearwater/White/Classic Charcoal/ClearwaterConverse Core Full Zip Hooded Top CP994, 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. EA7 7 Lines Full Zip Hooded Top CP1042,NIKE BLAZER MID SUEDE VINTAGE Black/Wolf Grey/SailOriginal Penguin Backford Hooded Top CP1140, 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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