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 Authentic 160391 New Balance W1540 Women Black 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?

Womens Sandals Cole Haan Arden Wedge Sunlight Nubuck
Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Nike Roshe One Mens Black/Wolf Grey/White Running Shoes V38322, 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 Adidas Cosmic Boost Womens Medium Grey Heather/White/Gold Ochre Running Shoes V63255,Comfortable 239160 Nike Air Force 1 Women White Bright Shoes,Adidas Supercloud Plus Womens White/Frozen Green/Super Pink Slippers V91306, 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.

Adidas Pure Boost Mens Black/White/Clear Grey Running Shoes V33622,,Buy 214511 New Balance WT610V3 Women Brown Cashmere Blue Tan Shoes,Nike Classic Cortez Womens Black/White/Black Running Shoes V33466,,Nike Shox Nz Womens Black/Dark Grey/Pink Blast/Pink Blast Running Shoes V17476,Comfortable 192886 Nike Air Max 90 Women Grey Black Shoes,Men's Nike Air Max Full Ride TR Cool Grey/Racer Blue/Black/White UK#N5-8859,.

The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's Authentic 178826 Nike Air Max Tailwind Women Black Pink 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 Nike Kids Son of Force Black/Black UK#N5-9625,Comfortable 225519 Nike Dunk High Women Anthracite Yellow Shoes,Women's Nike Acorra Suede Dark Storm/Black/Gum Light Brown/Sail UK#N5-9541,.

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 Calvin Klein Cotton Stretch 3 Pack Boxer Short CP410,Comfortable 191941 Nike Dunk High Women Navy Pink Shoes,adidas Originals Junior LA Trainer CP586, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

Womens Shoes Cole Haan Bradshaw Wedge 40 Blazer Blue Patent
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 192317 Nike Free 7.0 V2 Women Dark Grey Red White Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, adidas Originals Nursery ZX Flux Trainer CP726,Inexpensive 235820 Nike Free Run 3 Women Green White Shoes,Only & Sons Warp 3079 Skinny Ripped Jean CP907,, 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 205212 Nike Lunarglide 3 Women Black Grey Orange Purple Shoes,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Creative Recreation Baltimore Poly Hooded Top CP1022,Adidas Bounce Titan 2013 Men Coupon_031,Vans Classic Hooded Top CP1182,, 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.

And I just completely disappeared into my run EA7 Golf Light Jacket CP1351,Authentic 215082 Nike Free Run 2 Women Grey White Pink Shoes,Pretty Green Ventura Bomber Jacket CP1502,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Asylum Glasto Ripped Denim Short CP2083,Adidas Porsche Design S3 Men Coupon_204,Creative Recreation Toluca Swim Short CP2304, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Nike Tribute Track Top CP3582,Adizero Rose II 773 Men Coupon_283,Hugo Boss Losti Flip Flop CP3852, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.

Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then adidas Originals Spezial Trainer CP4044,Comfortable 235536 Nike Free 4.0 Women Grey White Bright Mango Shoes,adidas Originals Hamburg Trainer CP4177, 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. Creative Recreation Cesario Low XVI Trainer CP4319,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_452,Hugo Boss Spacito Trainer CP4480, 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.

Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski Canvas Trainer CP4653,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_559,Nike Flystepper 2K3 Trainer CP4813,

(Cool Stuff is a new feature at Willamette Week where we feature product reviews, roundups, sales and other commerce and shopping-oriented content. All Cool Stuff reviews are editorially independent, meaning we provide honest reviews and aren't paid by the brands we write about. If you do choose to purchase something after following one of our links, Willamette Week may receive a commission, which helps fund our journalism.)