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 146417 Nike Free 3.0 Suede Men Brown White 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 Women's Shoe Nike LunarGlide 8 Shield 849569-300, 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 D Rose 773 Iii Boys Preschool Scarlet/Black Basketball Shoes V73333,Discount 239692 Nike Free 4.0 V2 Men Dark Grey Orange Shoes,Adidas J Wall 2 Boys Grade School Night Flash/Black/Frozen Green Basketball Shoes V66403, 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 Shopping 178172 Nike Lebron 11 Men White Red 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 Nike Air Max Tavas Mens Pure Platinum/Sail Running Shoes V70365,Discount 242801 Nike Lebron 8 V2 Men Shoes,Nike Lunaracer+ 3 Mens Total Crimson/Bright Crimson/White/Black Running Shoes V80816,.

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 Energy Boost 2 Esm Womens Midnight Grey/White/Frozen Green Running Shoes V64346,Discount 170665 Nike Lunar Eclipse 2 Men Grey White Blue Shoes,Adidas Barricade V Classic Womens Midnight Indigo/White/Silver Metallic Tennis Shoes V64554, 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 Buy 232931 Nike Lunarpath Etw Men Black Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max 90 Womens Carbon Green/Metallic Pewter/Squadron Blue/Sail Running Shoes V43203,Buy 243303 Nike Lunarswift 2 Men Grey Black White Shoes,Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Womens Hyper Orange/Racer Blue/University Blue/Black Running Shoes V58749,, 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 Discount 218926 Nike Shox Nz Men Black Red Shoes,.

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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 Duck & Cover Garner Light Jacket CP1344,Inexpensive 155021 Nike Shox Rivalry Men Black White Shoes,Nicce Trail jacket CP1469, 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. Brave Soul Ancoats Cargo Short CP2097,Comfortable 193748 Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Low Men Black Metallic Silver Shoes,Condemned Nation Sulcis Short CP2302, 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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