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 1 ULTRA MOIRE Game 704995-104 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?

Havaianas Womens Brasil Flip Flop CP5225
Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Adidas Crazy Strike Womens White/Black Basketball Shoes V86910, 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 Energy Boost Reveal Womens Black/Neon Pink Running Shoes V23088,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ESSENTIAL White/Black-Gamma OrangeAdidas Ultra Boost Womens Black/Grey Running Shoes V19321, 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.

Adidas Ace 15.1 Fg/Ag Womens White/Iron Metallic/Solar Orange Soccer Shoes V92116,,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ESSENTIAL Wolf Grey/Wolf Grey-Dark GreyNike Air Huarache Run Ultra Womens Bright Crimson/White Running Shoes V42045,,Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pure Platinum/Gym Red/Total Crimson Running Shoes V69944,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ULTRA ESSENTIALS Pure Platinum/Black/Game RoyalNike Air Zoom Odyssey Womens White/Dark Grey/Pure Platinum/Black Running Shoes V91002,.

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 1 ULTRA MOIRE 704995-103 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 Flex Run 2015 Womens Chalk Blue/Hyper Orange/Varsity Maize/White Running Shoes V43741,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ULTRA MOIRE Summit White/White/Anthracite/ChallenNike Juvenate Womens Purple Dusk/White/Mulberry Running Shoes V70529,.

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 Tri Fusion Run Womens Hyper Pink/Dark Grey/White/Metallic Platinum Running Shoes V59185,NIKE AIR MAX 2015 White/Black/VoltMen's Nike Cortez Leather Black/White/White UK#N5-9570, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Womens Shoes adidas Fresh Bounce Famous White/Shock Pink
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 95 Black/Poison Green/Dark Grey/Silver. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Flash Squadron Blue/Blue Lagoon/Green Glow/Reflect Silver UK#N5-9495,NIKE AIR MAX 95 Dk Obsidian/Hyper Cobalt/Flash Lime/Met SilverNike Kids Benassi JDI Print Black/White/Hot Pink/Orange UK#N5-9577,, 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 93 Blue Graphite/Dark Obsidian/Game Royal/New Slate.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Kids Free 5.0 Cool Grey/Bright Citrus/Hyper Crimson/Total Orange UK#N5-9168,NIKE AIR ZOOM ELITE 7 Blue Lagoon/Brigade Blue/Dark Obsidian/VoWomen's Nike Dual Fusion TR 4 Print Blue Grey/Ocean Fog/Squadron Blue/White UK#N5-8781,, 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 Glorious Gangsta Stamford Backpack CP52,NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 31 FLASH Black/Reflect SilverEllesse Blocco 2 Pack Boxer Short CP412,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, adidas Originals Junior Dragon Trainer CP554,JORDAN MELO 11 Black/Blur/Blackadidas Originals Junior Superstar Foundation Trainer CP572, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Nike Junior Air Jordan 7 Retro GG Trainer CP670,NIKE DUNK ULTRA MODERN Black/Dark Grey/White/BlackNike Nursery Roshe Run Trainer CP787, 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 Stan Marv SC560 Jean CP887,NIKE FINGERTRAP MAX FREE Black/Metallic Silver/Hyper CrimsonAntony Morato Sleeveless Hooded Top CP968, 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. Illusive Standard Full Zip Hooded Top CP1078,Nike Flyknit Racer Unisex Running Shoe (Men's Sizing) 526628-101The North Face 100 Embro Full Zip Hooded Top CP1162, 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.

Antony Morato Puffer Jacket CP1221,NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 3 Black/Pink Pow/Total Orange/WhiteNicce Splat Overhead Hooded Top CP1103,

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