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 Nike Golf FI Impact Black/Volt/White UK#N5-9389 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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Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the adidas Originals Busenitz Trainer CP4024, 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 Originals Busenitz Trainer CP4075,Men's Nike SB Portmore Canvas Premium Dark Grey/White/Black/Pine Green UK#N5-9543adidas Originals Nizza Low Trainer CP4161, 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 Nike Kids Roshe One Print Copa/White/Blue Lagoon UK#N5-9546 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 Hugo Boss Light Air Trainer CP4491,Nike Kids Tri Fusion Run Pink Pow/Bright Citrus/White/Metallic Silver UK#N5-9159New Balance CRT300 Trainer CP4555,.

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 Nike Roshe Run Print Trainer CP4661,Nike Kids Jr Mercurial Victory V FG Soccer Wolf Grey/Black/Hyper Pink UK#N5-9466Nike Air Max 95 Trainer CP4717, 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 Nike Kids Flex Fury Pink Pow/Liquid Lime/White/Vivid Pink UK#N5-9333. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Trainer Huarache CP4782,Nike Kids Flex Supreme 4 Black/Pink Pow/White UK#N5-9605Nike P Rod 8 Trainer CP4594,, 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 Nike Kids Tri Fusion Run Black/Dark Grey/Metallic Silver/White UK#N5-9162.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Puma Trinomic R698 Bright Trainer CP4927,Women's Nike Core Motion TR 2 Black/Black UK#N5-9626Supra Ellington Trainer CP5040,, 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 Vans Old Skool Cork Twill Trainer CP5106,Women's Nike Speedlax 5 Turf Hyper Orange/White/White UK#N5-9527Timberland Womens 6 Inch Premium Boot CP5172,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Womens Shoes adidas Courtset Core Black/White/Shock Pink,Nike Kids Air Max Invigor Black/White UK#N5-9582Womens Shoes adidas Court Stabil Black/White/Shock Green, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Unisex Shoes adidas by Raf Simons Simons Response Trail Robot Silver Metallic/Matte Silver/Iron Meta,Women's Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 White/Metallic Silver/Metallic Silver UK#N5-8769Womens Boots Aerosoles Ride Out Mushroom, 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 Womens Sandals Aerosoles Wip Band Black,Women's Nike Dual Fusion Trail Wolf Grey/Anthracite/Black/Pink Pow UK#N5-9467Womens Sandals Aerosoles Fire Light Nude, 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. Womens Shoes Aerosoles A2 by Aerosoles Big Hearted Peach,Women's Nike FS Lite Run 3 Pure Platinum/Voltage Green/Hyper Pink/White UK#N5-8807Womens Boots ALDO Clavie Forest Green, 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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