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 Cheap 49uya g4wwga August Deals Nike Air Presto Womens 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 Discount 186269 Air Jordan Men Black Red White Shoes, 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 Shopping 157290 Air Jordan 24 Men Black Blue White Shoes,Cheap 8e84q zftzx5 August Deals ZX Flux WomensComfortable 210756 Air Jordan After Game Men Black Red White Shoes, 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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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 Discount 180771 Nike Air Classic BW Si Men Black Shoes,Cheap 7q6eq hz8f6k August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Womens BlackAuthentic 156571 Nike Air Force 1 Men Snake White Brown Shoes, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

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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 Cheap besqb x89ygx August Deals Nike Air Max 1 Mens. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Inexpensive 167577 Nike Air Force 1 Men White Grey Blue Shoes,Cheap af5f6 77ik4s Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Womens Grey ShoesBuy 165601 Nike Air Force 1 Men Shoes,, 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 Cheap cpd8i y7z5sp August Deals NMD Womens.

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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 Cheap 184926 Nike Air Max Ltd II Men Black White Blue Shoes,Cheap iixrp 5ndrsm August Deals Nike Air Max 90 WomensInexpensive 214511 Nike Air Max Tailwind Men White Red Black 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. Comfortable 220690 Nike Blazer High Men Gray Black Cyan Shoes,Cheap ihy8z nuzag6 August Deals Nike Air Max Thea MensInexpensive 197928 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Sapphire Men Black Blue 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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