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 Training Shoe Nike Metcon 2 819899-006 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 Lunarestoa 2 Mens Black/Bamboo/Baroque Brown Running Shoes V14182, 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 Wild Trail Mens Black/Cool Grey/Dark Grey/Metallic Platinum Running Shoes V15493,Men's Training Shoe Nike Metcon 2 819899-007Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5 Womens Vista Blue/White/Semi Night Flash Running Shoes V84384, 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 Springblade Drive Womens White/Black Running Shoes V86917,,Men's Training Shoe Nike Lunar Caldra 803879-007Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Flash Pink/White/Silver Metallic Slippers V53935,,Nike Air Max Siren Womens Black/Fuchsia Flash/Sail/Hot Lava Running Shoes V18772,Men's Training Shoe Nike Train Prime Iron DF 832219-401Nike Air Max 2016 Womens Anthracite/Chalk Blue/Cool Grey/Reflective Silver Running Shoes V10812,.

The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's Men's Training Shoe Nike Zoom Speed Trainer 3 804401-007 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 Air Zoom Winflo 2 Womens Black/Anthracite/White Running Shoes V13838,Men's Training Shoe Nike Metcon 2 819899-610Nike Flex Experience Run 4 Womens Wolf Grey/Voltage Green/White/Hyper Pink Running Shoes V99227,.

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 Fs Lite Run 2 Womens Black/Fuchsia Flash/White Running Shoes V18846,MEN'S TRAINING SHOE NIKE ZOOM HYPERCROSS TR2 749362-001Nike Lunartempo Womens Wolf Grey/Fuchsia Flash/Flash Lime/Black Running Shoes V98275, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Unisex Shoes adidas Adizero Javelin Navy/White/Equipment Green
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 MEN'S TRAINING SHOE NIKE ZOOM HYPERCROSS TR2 749362-417. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Men's Nike Hypervenomx Pro TF Hyper Grape/Volt/White/Black UK#N5-9528,Men's Training Shoe Nike Zoom Train Complete 882119-400Men's Nike Elite Shinsen Team Red/Metallic Gold/Black UK#N5-8981,, 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 Men.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Men's Nike SB Satire Canvas Team Red/Black/White UK#N5-9493,MenNike Kids Flex Supreme 4 Black/Pink Pow/White UK#N5-9605,, 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 Women's Nike Genicco Print Black/Wolf Grey/White UK#N5-9566,NIKE AIR HUARACHE White/Black/Cool Grey/Wolf GreyComutor 12 Hour Panel Backpack CP27,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Mr Lacy Junior Flat Lace CP366,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ULTRA MOIRE 704995-101Flossy Infant Plimsole CP513, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Creative Recreation Junior Kaplan Mesh Trainer CP599,NIKE AIR MAX 2015 Black/Clearwater/Fuchsia Flash/WhiteRalph Lauren Polo Junior Hanford Trainer CP686, 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 Nursery Roshe Run Trainer CP784,NIKE AIR MAX 90 ESSENTIAL White/Wolf Grey/Black/Cool GreyLevi's 511 Slim Jean CP895, 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. Converse Core Overhead Hooded Top CP996,NIKE AIR MAX 90 ULTRA BREATHE White/Wolf Grey/Cool GreyGlorious Gangsta Cicerio Velour Full Zip Hooded Top CP1067, 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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