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 Discount Sale 2015 Nike Flex Series Sneakers Womens Running Shoes For Cheap Watermelon Red Black In the UK 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 Low-Priced BLACK DIAMOND Recon Stretch Windstopper Ski Pants - Black Men's Skiing - 68MD396, 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 Massive Discount CHUBASCO Hand Woven Nubuck Leather - Taupe men's Sandals - 91HS261,Discount Sale 2015 Nike Roshe Run Shoes Print Floral Collection Grayish White Womens Sneakers Online Sales In the UK online,New Arrivals GIVENCHY Studs & Stones Cotton Denim Jacket - Black Men's Casual Jackets - 68UR475, 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 Discount Sale Buy VACKKAQB Women Fitflop Butterfly Flower Pink Fitness Slipper In the UK 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 Popular ADIDAS BY WINGS & HORNS Ombre Wool & Cotton Tracktop Sweater - Charcoal Men's Knitwear - 23KF091,Discount Sale Disocunt Air Jordan 13 XIII Retro Women Shoes Cheap Online White Grey In the UK online,Promotions GUCCI Signature Leather - Black Men's Wallets - 33NU276,.

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.

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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 Discount Sale Nike Air Max 90 Hyp Prm 2015 Dragon Black Yellow Womens Shoes Outlet In the UK online,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Vans Old Skool Mens White,Discount Sale Nike Air Max 90 Womens Shoes Wholesale Black White Blue In the UK online,Jordan Jumpman Advance Crew Socks Adult Basketball Accessories Infrared 23/Black/Black L67v2326 Onli,, 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.

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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 Jack And Jones Spider Trainers Anthracite - Men's Shoes,men and women adidas flux red october shoes breathable shoes casual shoes running shoes red L44s953,Reebok Furylite Gw Trainers Canopy Green/Steel/Alloy - Men's Shoes, 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. Diesel Mens Waykee 0Rh29 Straight Fit Jeans Medium Blue,men and women adidas superstar festival pack shoes runnning shoes casual shoes deep blue and white S,883 Police Mens Hudson Knit Top Eclipse Navy, 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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