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 Junior SB Check Trainer CP639 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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Well, Adidas did just that with the Lyle & Scott Cally Herringbone Slip On Trainer CP4549, 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 SB Check Trainer CP4617,Men's Nike Court Royale Plus Cool Grey/Black/Cool Grey UK#N5-9305Nike Roshe NM Flyknit Premium Trainer CP4706, 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 Timberland Junior 6 Inch Premium Boot CP693 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 The North Face Hedgehog Hike Gore-Tex Trainer CP5050,adidas Originals Nursery Gazelle II Trainer CP706Vans Old Skool Premium Leather Trainer CP5112,.

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 Clarks Originals Womens Desert Aerial Boot CP5137,Nike Junior Air Max 90 Leather Trainer CP677adidas Originals Womens ZX Flux Zero Tech NPS Trainer CP5257, 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 adidas Originals Nursery ZX Flux Trainer CP700. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Shoes adidas Galaxy Elite Midnight Indigo/Clay Brown/Frozen Yellow,adidas Originals Crib Superstar Trainer CP713Womens Shoes adidas Energy Boost ESM Bold Pink/Frozen Yellow,, 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 adidas Originals Nursery Hamburg Trainer CP725.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Womens Shoes adidas Running Duramo 7 Black/Night Metallic/Bold Pink,adidas Originals Nursery Tubular Trainer CP718Womens Boots Aerosoles Thermal Brown Fabric,, 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.

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Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Womens Boots Anne Klein Fedya Black Leather,Nike Nursery Air Max 90 Leather Trainer CP791Womens Shoes Anne Klein Petrica Mint Reptile, 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 Anne Klein Tapio Dark Orange Multi Synthetic,Asylum Native Spray On Jean CP826Womens Shoes Badgley Mischka Pettal White Satin, 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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