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 Hyperdunk 2011 Low Son of Dragon Pack Jeremy Lin Green Solar 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?

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Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Nike Womens Lunaracer+ 3 Fuchsia Force Pink, 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 Womens Roshe Run Winter University Red Sail,Nike Jordan Flight Flex Trainer 2 Ghost Green White,MSLQ909WDTM Trotters - Shop Black Dionne, 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 Nike Kobe Hyperdunk X Zoom Kobe 5 V Aston Martin Pack, 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 FQYN859FACY Michael Antonio - The Best Seller Black Dex - Patent,Nike Lebron 12 Elite Elevate Light Retro Hot Lava Teal,OPFJ385JQKX Stacy Adams - High Quality Cognac Belmars,.

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 EBHT740SOTS Circa - Hot Sale Black/Inca Gold Stratad,Nike LeBron 9 IX Freegums White Black Red,WPZC472OFVM MIA - New Arrival Black Aztec Track, 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 Nike Lunar Hypergamer White Cannon Team Orange,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, DWLJ682SAZY SKECHERS - Factory Direct H.Pink Flex Appeal - New Rival,Nike LunarSpider LT+ 2 Chrome Yellow Blue,ZNPX771IYTO T Tahari - Discount Black Mila Short Stand Collar Quilt,, 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 Rosherun Roshe Run HYP Hyperfuse PRM Magista Collection Hyper Turquoise Volt,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. IMAV065XSJD True Religion - Cheap Heather Gray Logo Hoodiez,Nike SB Blazer Black Anthracite Passport,FTBT252NKYS Marika Curves - Fashion Ombre Blue/Cube Traveller Limeade Plus Size Framed Tummy Control,, 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 QSHB910XTCU Coach - Online Shop LI/Black Whiplash Lt Dakotah 22,Air Max BW Womens Shoes White Blue Red,adidas adiPURE III TRX FG white-gold football boots, 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. Adidas Shell Toe Textile black-white shoes,MBT Women's Lami Shoes - Black,Adidas ZX 500 Brown/Black/Red shoes, 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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