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 Professional DOLCE & GABBANA Polka Dot Printed Silk Sweater - Grey / Black men's Knitwear - 95BV676, 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 Sale Nike Air Jordan 3 III Cement Mens Shoes Dark Grey Blue In the UK online, 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 Discount Sale Nike Air Max 2013 Mens Shoes Black Green In the UK online,Quite Cool GTA 17.5Cm Handmade Sartorialist Wool - Grey Men's Pants - 26QX492,Discount Sale Nike Air Max Command black grey In the UK online, 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 Nike Roshe Ld 1000 Mens Navy, 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 Discount Sale Shopping Online Air Penny Hardaway 5 V Mens Shoes Discount 2013 Black In the UK online,Vans Seasonal Sk-8 Hi Mte Mens Bone,Wholesale/Retail Adidas Predator Predito LZ TRX TF Men Astro Turf Football Cleats With White Black G,.

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 Adidas AdiZero Rose 773 Signature Basketball Shoes Blue Black R38d1027 Shop,The North Face Reversible TNF Banner Beanie Mens Casual Accessories Brick House Red/Sequoia Red Y79,Adidas Porsche Design Bounce VI Running Shoes Black Gold O74p6680 to you, 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 Jordan Camo Pom Beanie Adult Basketball Accessories Black/Anthracite/Black/Gym Red M8m3763 Cheap,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Adidas Originals ZX700 Retro Men Running Shoes in blue yellow I43o5443 Hot Sale,Jordan Mars Crew Socks Mens Basketball Accessories Ink/Black/Light Poison Green V44j7671 Great,Air Jordans 9 Basketball Shoes "Cool Grey" Medium Grey White Cool Grey For Men Online Shop E78r4359,, 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 Mitchell & Ness NBA Speckled Cuffed Pom Knit Mens Basketball Accessories Indiana Pacers Multi F69n5,.

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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 Nike Air Max Zero Green Yellow White Shoes,Slydes Logo M Slide Sandals Navy - Men's Shoes,Nike Air Max 90 Lightblue Grey White 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. Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Prm Black Silver Shoes,Ben Sherman Slam Shoes Black - Men's Shoes,Nike Cortez Oxford Cloth Vibrant 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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