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 157483 Nike Air Max Men Black Pink 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 Authentic 191437 Nike Shox Nz Men Grey White Red 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 200286 Nike Shox Nz Men White Gold Shoes,Cheap 212963 Nike Air Max Men Black ShoesInexpensive 183015 Nike Shox O Nine Men White Blue 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 Inexpensive 203163 Nike Air Max Men Black Red 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 Authentic 240826 Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Men Green Gorge Green Grey Metallic Silver Shoes,Shopping 229583 Nike Air Max Men Light Grey Blue ShoesAuthentic 148184 Nike Zoom Kd IV Men Metallic Silver Total Orange Dark Grey 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.

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 Inexpensive 161057 Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Men Royal Blue White Red Shoes,Comfortable 202708 Nike Air Max Men Grey Red ShoesAuthentic 245780 Nike Zoom Kobe VIi Men Red Yellow Green Shoes, 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 Buy 199699 Nike Air Max 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, Buy 192920 Onitsuka Tiger By Asics Mexico 66 Men White Navy Blue Gold Shoes,Shopping 179906 Nike Air Max Men Black Crimson ShoesCheap 164757 Puma Future Cat Men Brown Black 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 Buy 207102 Nike Air Max Men Shoes.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Authentic 188195 Adidas Originals Superstar 2.0 Unisex Blue Navy Blue Shoes,Inexpensive 215263 Nike Air Max Men White Black ShoesInexpensive 160149 Adidas Originals Superstar 2.0 Unisex Grey Blue Red 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 Buy 204065 Nike Air Max 90 Women Black Grey Pink Shoes,Comfortable 234931 Nike Air Max Men White Green ShoesShopping 152217 Nike Blazer High Women White 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. Discount 184890 Nike Dunk High Women Shoes,Cheap 181725 Nike Air Max Men Gray Black Yellow ShoesCheap 170225 Nike Free 5.0 Women White Black Grey 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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