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 Solarsoft Thong II Flip Flop CP3863 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 Womens Sandals ALDO Marianne Black, 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 Womens Shoes ALDO Lennoxville Black,Clear Weather The One-O-One Shoe CP3894Womens Boots Anne Klein Stoke Taupe Suede, 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 Clear Weather Lakota Shoe CP3898 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 Womens Shoes Badgley Mischka Pixel Ivory Satin,Drome Neoprene Penny Loafer CP3907Womens Boots C Label Michelle-3 Chestnut,.

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 Womens Sandals C Label Elinor-10 Blue,Armani Jeans Suede Loafer CP3872Womens Shoes C Label Alamo-2 Brown, 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 Farah Form Hi Shoe CP3912. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Boots Calvin Klein Charlaine Evergreen Kid Suede/Patent,Lyle & Scott Connell Twill Shoe CP3926Womens Sandals Calvin Klein Ulie Espresso Metallic Box Leather,, 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 Gazelle OG Trainer CP3947.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Womens Sandals Calvin Klein Collection Sofia 1 Watermelon,adidas Originals Spezial Trainer CP3950Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Karmen Black Hair Calf/Sheep Nappa,, 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 Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Gayle Sandstorm Leather,adidas Originals ZX Flux Trainer CP3962Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Gayle Fearless Blue,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Womens Sandals CARLOS by Carlos Santana Olympia Black,adidas Originals Superstar Foundation Trainer CP3967Womens Boots Clarks Society Round Black Leather, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Womens Boots Clarks Malia Poplar A - Wide Shaft Black Leather,adidas Originals Adi Ease Woven Trainer CP4009Womens Sandals Clarks Lydie Kona Black Leather, 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 Womens Sandals Clarks Glick Delta Nude Leather,adidas Originals Gazelle '70s Trainer CP3993Womens Shoes Clarks Wave.Run Navy Nubuck, 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 Clarks Festival Gold Black Combi,adidas Originals ZX 8000 Boost Trainer CP4017Womens Shoes Clarks Fianna Carlie Black Leather, 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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