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 Strong 843975-401 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?

Womens Boots ALDO Neria Natural
Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Men's Nike MVP Keystone 3/4 Black/White UK#N5-9581, 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 Men's Nike Downshifter 6 Wolf Grey/Black/White/Volt UK#N5-9200,Women's Shoe Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 MP 826838-003Men's Nike Air Pegasus 83 Leather Red Clay/Gym Red/Team Red/Deep Burgundy UK#N5-8728, 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 Free Connect LTD 885163-106 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 Vans Old Skool Backpack CP100,Women's Shoe Nike Free Focus Flyknit 844817-300Creative Recreation Junior Ridge Puffer Parka Jacket CP421,.

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 Kickers Infant Core Kick High Boot CP528,Women's Shoe Nike Free Focus Flyknit 844817-401adidas Originals Junior Superstar Foundation Trainer CP572, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Womens Shoes ALDO Elayde Black
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 Free Transform Flyknit 833410-400. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Junior Roshe Run One Trainer CP667,Women's Shoe Nike Juvenate Woven 833824-100Dr. Martens Nursery Core Colby 3-Eye Lace Shoe CP763,, 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 Free Transform Flyknit 833410-002.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Hype Acid Wash Jean CP861,Women's Shoe Nike Internationalist 629684-015adidas Originals Nursery Superstar Foundation Trainer CP705,, 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 Creative Recreation Addis Full Zip Hooded Top CP1018,Women's Shoe Nike Roshe LD-1000 819843-601Puma Evolution Full Zip Hooded Top CP1144,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, UCLA Vinnie Pique Hooded Top CP1170,Women's Shoe Nike Roshe Two Flyknit 844929-300Brave Soul Oakville Faux Fur Bomber Jacket CP1268, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Men's Nike Hypervenom Phelon II FG Total Orange/Black/Total Orange UK#N5-9268,Women's Shoe Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit 850426-003Luke 1977 Emersion Reversible Jacket CP1441, 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 Threadbare Mongrel V2 Hooded Quilt Jacket CP1539,Women's Training Shoe Nike Metcon 1 813101-002Native Youth Fair Isle Knit Jumper CP1839, 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. EA7 Core Training Fleece Short CP2118,Adidas D Rose 6 Boys Toddler White/Grey/Black Basketball Shoes V91572Calvin Klein One Logo Tape Swim Short CP2293, 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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