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 Cheap 178410 Nike Lunarfly Women 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 Nike Air Max Sequent Womens Fuchsia Glow/Hyper Orange/Vivid Purple/Black Running Shoes V54286, 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 Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Womens Black/White Running Shoes V32326,Comfortable 165176 Nike Free 3.0 V3 Women Purple White Shoes,Nike Internationalist Womens University Red/Black/Blue Grey/Bright Mango Running Shoes V81950, 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 Cheap 164675 Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Women Black Dark Grey White 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 adidas Originals Infant Stan Smith Trainer CP461,Adidas Bounce Titan V Women Coupon_296,adidas Originals Junior ZX Flux Trainer CP589,.

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 Creative Recreation Nursery Cesario Quilted Trainer CP756,Asics Mini BMW Men Coupon_367,Jack & Jones Boxy Leed Loose Jeans Denim Jean CP889, 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 2015 Christian Louboutin Women Coupon_422,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Criminal Damage Thorpe Full Zip Hooded Top CP1030,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_555,4Bidden MA2 Fur Collar Jacket CP1187,, 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 Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_602,.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Duck & Cover Moriarty Jacket CP1345,Jimmy Choo Boots Women Coupon_690,Nike Bomber Jacket CP1475,, 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 Bjorn Borg X100 Low Metal Trainer CP4251,New Balance Men Coupon_1024,Creative Recreation Cesario Low Woven Trainer CP4381, 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. Lyle & Scott Wilton Slip On Loafer CP4550,New Balance 420 Men Coupon_1109,Nike Air Max Lunar90 Breeze Trainer CP4690, 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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