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 Adidas Ace 15.1 Fg/Ag Football Boots Solar Yellow/White/Core Black O50w7252, 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 2018 Low prices - Women Asics GEL Express 4 Charcoal Turquoise Silver shoe stores, 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 2018 Quality assurance - Vans Chambray Slip-On Womens Shoes Parrot/True White,Adidas Solar Boost Cushioned Running Shoes Semi Frozen Yellow/Silver Metallic/Frozen Yellow A58e7875,Nike Kobe 12 A.D. Alternate PE outlet, 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 Adidas Stan Smith Luxe Trainers White/Collegiate Red O100d6927, 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 2017 All Black Nikes Men's Nike Magistax Proximo Ic Black/Volt/Racer Blue/Black Shoes Canada FWM8102494,Adidas Powerlift 2.0 Sports Shoes White/Core Black/Blue Royal J87y1540,2017 Buy Nike Men's Nike Zoom Hypercross Tr2 Obsidian/Radiant Emerald/Laser Orange/White Shoes Canada PND8202018,.

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 2017 Fashion Nike Sneakers Men's Nike Sb Eric Koston 2 Max White/Black/Metallic Silver Shoes Canada CTX5702112,Adidas Tubular Runner Trainers Blue Spirit/Core Black/Vintage White T37d4531,2017 Nike Air Flight Men's Nike Internationalist Mid Varsity Red/Black/White/Varsity Red Shoes Canada WVH0203376, 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 Asics Jb Elite Tr Black/Oly Gold/Red F64j8412,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, 2017 Nike Canada Outlet Men's Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Game Royal/Photo Blue/Hyper Jade/Black Shoes Canada HXT8801785,Asics Gel-Nimbus 18 Carbon/Black/Green Gecko G87v6713,2017 Nike Exclusive Trainers Men's Nike Mercurialx Proximo Cr7 Ic Blue Star Shoes Canada TPO2302640,, 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 Asics Gel-Fit Tempo 2 Berry/Silver/Plum G42d5177,.

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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 Performance Men's Shoes CARUVO - Sandals - black/wht,Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8 Black/Summit White/Chrome/Black P34k6548,ASICS Men's Shoes SHAW RUNNER - Trainers - strong blue, 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. Converse Men's Shoes PRO LEATHER - High-top trainers - black,Nike Archive 83.M LX Dark Obsidian/Obsidian/Sail/Black S9j2980,G-Star Men's Shoes BRAG WILDCARD - Trainers - grey denim, 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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