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 Inexpensive 234729 Nike Air Max 90 Men Black White Green Shoes 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 Shopping 188886 Nike Shox R2 Men Black Green 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 Inexpensive 219131 Nike Shox R4 Men Black White Shoes,Buy 157422 Nike Air Max 180 Men White Blue ShoesInexpensive 214517 Nike Shox Rivalry Men White Pink 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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The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's Buy 181600 Nike Air Max 90 Men White Grey Black Shoes 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 Comfortable 183294 Onitsuka Tiger By Asics Mexico 66 Men Red White Shoes,Discount 234120 Nike Air Max 90 Men White Black Blue ShoesCheap 187088 Puma Drift Cat Sf Men White Black Shoes,.

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 Inexpensive 150346 Nike Air Max 90 Men White Black Green Shoes. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Comfortable 231133 Nike Roshe Run Unisex Black Shoes,Discount 219684 Nike Air Max 90 Men Brown White Black ShoesDiscount 235417 Adidas Springblade Razor Women Pink Yellow White 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 Authentic 174906 Nike Air Max 90 Men White Black Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Cheap 162975 Air Jordan Spizike Women Blue Grey Orange Shoes,Buy 237961 Nike Air Max 90 Men White Black Red ShoesInexpensive 193216 New Balance Classics Wl501 Women Purple Shoes,, 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.

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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 Authentic 182141 Nike Dunk High Women White Red Yellow Shoes,Buy 243997 Nike Air Max 90 Men Black White ShoesBuy 153553 Nike Free Run 2 Women Gray Jade Fuchsia 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. Inexpensive 206698 Nike Lunarglide 2 Women Gray Jade Shoes,Buy 215508 Nike Air Max 90 Men Grey Black White ShoesShopping 181459 Puma Body Train Mesh Women Black White Red 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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