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 FINGERTRAP MAX FREE Lt Blue/Red 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?

Womens Shoes adidas Energy Boost ESM Bold Pink/Frozen Yellow
Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Adidas Vigor 6 Tr Womens Bright Cyan/Solar Yellow/Frozen Blue Running Shoes V42383, 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 Gymbreaker Bounce Trainer Womens Collegiate Navy/Mineral Blue/Shock Pink Training Shoes V4568,NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 33 831352-801Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Womens Dark Purple Dust/Ocean Fog/Blue/Crimson/White Running Shoes V51557, 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.

Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Womens White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V96704,,NIKE DUAL FUSION BALLISTEC ADVANTAGE White/Medium Ash/Black/Gym RedNike Air Max Thea Womens White/Black/Cool Grey Running Shoes V87656,,Nike Flex Run 2015 Womens Cool Grey/White/Pink Pow Running Shoes V47694,Nike Flyknit Racer Unisex Running Shoe 526628-405Nike Internationalist Womens Dark Grey/Racer Blue/Black/Spring Leaf Running Shoes V50538,.

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 Racer Unisex Running Shoe (Men's Sizing) 526628-012 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 Tri Fusion Run Womens Hyper Pink/Dark Grey/White/Metallic Platinum Running Shoes V59221,Nike Flyknit Racer Unisex Running Shoe (Men's Sizing) 526628-104Men's Nike MVP Strike 2 Low Metal Black/White UK#N5-8938,.

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 Men's Nike Free Trainer 3.0 Turbo Green/White/Volt UK#N5-9492,Nike Flyknit Racer Unisex Running Shoe (Men's Sizing) 526628-402Men's Nike SB Check Canvas Cool Grey/White/Dark Obsidian UK#N5-9380, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Womens Shoes adidas Running XCS 6 Frozen Green/Flash Red/White
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 Free 3.0 Flyknit Black/Hot Lava/Bright Mango/Hyper Turquoise. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Kids Lunarglide 7 Black/White/Volt/Photo Blue UK#N5-9118,NIKE FREE 5.0 Flash Lime/Liquid Lime/BlackWomen's Nike Mercurial Victory V FG Blue Lagoon/Volt/Black/White UK#N5-9562,, 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 FREE FLYKNIT CHUKKA Volt/Fuchsia Flash/Lyon Blue/Black.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Women's Nike FS Lite Run 2 Blue Lagoon/White/Tide Pool Blue UK#N5-9207,NIKE FREE SOCFLY White/White/WhiteMr Lacy Junior Flat Lace CP366,, 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 Converse Infant Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Double Tongue Trainer CP495,NIKE INTERNATIONALIST Blue Force/Ice Blue/Black/WhiteCreative Recreation Junior Kaplan Ripple Trainer CP607,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, adidas Originals Nursery Racer Lite Trainer CP703,NIKE INTERNATIONALIST MID River Rock/Total Orange/Summit White/FConverse Nursery Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Trainer CP732, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Asylum Lone Stretch Skinny Jean CP822,NIKE LUNAR TRAINER 1 Pure Platinum/Bleached Turquoise/Hyper CrimAntony Morato Script Overhead Hooded Top CP963, 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 Criminal Damage Thorpe Full Zip Hooded Top CP1030,NIKE LUNAR CONTROL White/Blue Lagoon/Cool GreyRose London Longline Hooded Top CP1148, 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. Bellfield Kroni Jacket CP1245,Nike Lunar Control 3 Black/Pure Platinum/Metallic SilverBrave Soul Sanjay Light Bomber Jacket CP1282, 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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