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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 748589-001 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 Juvenate Womens Racer Blue/Hyper Jade/White Running Shoes V70949, 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 Roshe One Womens Total Crimson/White Running Shoes V81043,Women's Shoe Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit 835738-300Men's Nike Air Pegasus 83 Black/Anthracite/Fleet Silver/White UK#N5-9344, 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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Rift Grey 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 Women's Nike Air Max Invigor Premium Black/White/Black UK#N5-9579,Women's Shoe Nike Air Presto 878068-802Sik Silk Small Logo Backpack CP89,.

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 adidas Originals Infant Superstar Foundation Trainer CP460,Women's Shoe Nike Air Max Zero 857661-003Kickers Infant Core Kick High Boot CP528, 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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 831356-313. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, adidas Originals Junior ZX Flux Trainer CP581,Women's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Strong 843975-004Supra Junior Owen Reflective Trainer CP687,, 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 Women's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11 818100-500.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Flossy Nursery Plimsole CP764,Women's Shoe Nike Flyknit Zoom Agility 698616-101Hype Premium Jean CP864,, 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 Antony Morato Script Overhead Hooded Top CP963,Women's Shoe Nike Free TR 6 833413-002Criminal Damage Harlem Overhead Hooded Top CP1029,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Nike AW77 Shoebox Full Zip Hooded Top CP1126,Women's Shoe Nike Free Focus Flyknit 844817-601Antony Morato Chevron Quilt Puffer Jacket CP1212, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Carhartt Anchorage Parka Jacket CP1287,Women's Shoe Nike Free Transform Flyknit 833410-600Good For Nothing Middletown Tech Parka Jacket CP1395, 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 Only & Sons Skeet Parka CP1483,Women's Shoe Nike Juvenate Woven Premium 833825-400The North Face 1985 Mountain Fly Jacket CP1522, 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. Jack & Jones Owen Shawl Knit CP1832,Women's Shoe Nike Roshe LD-1000 819843-004Jack & Jones Morgan Long Short CP2158, 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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