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 Men's/Women's Asics Aaron Low Shoes Brown/Orange 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 Nike Air Max 2014 Shoes White Green, 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 Women-Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas Hi Sneakers Navy,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte III "Glow in The Dark" Shoes Estate Blue H438L-5807Women-Converse CT AS Shoreline Wash Sneakers Nighttime Navy/Black/White, 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 Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte III "Millionaire's Row Pack" Running Shoes Red/Red H626N-2323 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 Reebok Womens Crossfit Nano 5.0 Shoes Neon Cherry/Black/Chalk G57798,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte III Shoes Alvin Purple H42KK-3390Reebok Womens Crossfit Speed Tr Shoes Steel/White/Black G57852,.

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 Reebok Womens Crossfit Nano 5.0 Shoes Fearless Pink/Merlot/Black/Coal G57926,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte III "Light Mint" Running Shoes TROPICAL GREEN/TROPICAL GREEN H63NK-7878Womens Black/White/Multi-Color Adidas Originals Stan Smith Sports Shoes G56356, 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 Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte III "Sakura" Running Shoes White/Pink H5TOK-2626. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Womens Sports Shoes New Balance 574 Black/Pink G56494,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte III Okayama Camo Denim Shoes GreyNike Air Max 90 Essential Dark Grey/Wolf Grey/Summit White/University Red Sports Shoes Womens G5698,, 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 Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte V "Sage" Shoes Dark Green/Mint H42JK-8185.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Running Shoes Womens Nike Air Force 1 Mid White/White G57080,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte V "Light Out Pack" Running Shoes White H603L-0101Womens Nike Roshe One Dark Atomic Teal/Vivid Purple Shoes G57167,, 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 Womens Trainers Nike Free 5.0 2015 Wolf Grey/Green Strike/Ghost Green/Voltage Green G57233,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte V "The Phoenix" Shoes Grey/Red H43JK-1111New Balance Womens U420 Pigskin Trainer,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Shellys London Womens Salia Lace Sandal,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte V Running Shoes Black/Dark Grey C540N-9016100% Genuine Brooks Ghost 9 - Sparkling Grape Ceramic Black 91HF754 for Women, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Adorable Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 Running Size US 6.5 M (B) EU 36.5 Green 88PB230 for Women,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte V Running Shoes Chili/White H6A8L-2401Attractive Nike ROSHE RUN CHERRY BLOSSOM SIZE 11.5 819960 100 DEFECT ING Yellow 98657342 for Women, 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 Beautiful Vans Authentic Slim (Mixed Geo) Classic SIZE 8 Navy 15IQ-4154 for Women,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Lyte V Running Shoes Black/Tan H5D0Y-9071Big discount Harley Davidson Keely Boots Brand New Leather Black 55356576 for Women, 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. Buy Nike W Blazer Mid JCRD PRM SV02912 for Women,Men's/Women's Asics Gel Saga "Rasta" Shoes Black Red Green Yellow H527Y-9090Cheap Online Nike Air Huaraches iDs 52DG-4112 for Women, 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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