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 Buy 192920 Onitsuka Tiger By Asics Mexico 66 Men White Navy Blue Gold 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 Fs Lite Run 2 Mens Dark Magnet Grey/White/Black Running Shoes V51308, 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 Adizero Boston 4 Womens Blast Purple/Blast Purple Metallic/Red Zest Running Shoes V39048,Buy 239444 Puma Lazy Slip On Apricot Men Apricot Shoes,Adidas Adissage 2.0 Womens Shock Pink/Matte Silver/Pink Glow Slippers V74696, 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 237906 Adidas Springblade Razor Women Orange Silver 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 Zoom Pegasus 32 Black/White/Vivid Pink UK#N5-9573,Inexpensive 162293 Air Jordan 5 Retro Women Black Bright Citrus Fusion Pink Shoes,Women's Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Print Cool Grey/Volt/Black UK#N5-9549,.

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 New Era NY Pitch 2 Tone Backpack CP81,Buy 212006 Air Jordan 4 Retro Women Black Cat Shoes,Kickers Junior Kick Low Core Patent Shoe CP615, 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 Shopping 172454 New Balance Wc1005 Women White Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Nursery Roshe Run Trainer CP787,Shopping 222167 Nike Air Force 1 Women Purple Light White Shoes,Condemned Nation Hale Hooded Top CP984,, 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 Inexpensive 190583 Nike Air Max Women Blue Pink 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 adidas Originals ZX Flux Mesh Trainer CP4163,Discount 226803 Nike Lunareclipse 2 Women Blue Green Black Shoes,Creative Recreation Kaplan Perforated Trainer CP4338, 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. Kenzo Sonic Gummy Mesh Trainer CP4500,Authentic 158119 Nike Roshe Run Women Dark Blue Shoes,Nike Air Rift Trainer CP4655, 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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