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 Factory Sale Air Jordan 6 (VI) GS Retro Floral Print Black Pink Shoes Online 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 Nike Air Max Tn I Men Running Shoes Orange Refined 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 Nike Air Max Tn I Men Running Shoes Black Dark Blue,Nike Factory Sale Air Jordan 3 GS Retro White Black Wolf Grey Infrared 23 Shoes OnlineNike Air Max Thea Print 2014 on Black Coral Shoes - W75q8281 nike dunk, 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 Factory Sale Air Jordan 13 (XIII) Retro Bred Black Varsity Red White Shoes Online 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 Max Ltd 01 Men Running Shoes White,Nike Factory Sale Air Jordan 13 (XIII) GS 3M Reflective Silver Infrared 23 Black Shoes OnlineNike Air Max Invigor Print Black White Blue Men Shoes NIB 749688-014,.

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 Air Max Command Trainers Mens Grey/Black Sports Shoes Sneakers Footwear,Nike Factory Sale Air Jordan 11 (XI) Retro Low White Black True Red Shoes OnlineNike Air Max 97 OG outlets QS Silver Bullet Metallic get Silver Red 884421-001, 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 Factory Sale Air Jordan 11 (XI) GS Retro Low Pink Snakeskin White Cherry Pink Black Online. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max 95 Mens Shoes White,Nike Factory Sale Air Jordan 10 (X) Retro Cool Grey Black Red Infrared Shoes OnlineNike Air Max 95 Essential Men Emerald Grey Running Shoes South Beach 749766-002,, 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 Factory Sale Adidas D Rose 6 Boost China Green Black Red White Shoes Online.

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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 Nike Air Max 90 Mens Running White,Nike Factory Sale 2016 Mens Air Jordan 13 CP3 Hornets Home White Blue Purple Shoes OnlineNike Air Max 90 Men Shoes Black White - 90808 Popular, 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. Nike Air Max 90 Men Running Shoes Green Black,Nike Factory Sale 2016 Air Jordan 14 Retro Grey Black White Red Shoes OnlineNike Air Max 90 Men Black/White/Flight Silver/Metallic Silver Running 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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