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 Womens Sandals ECCO Babett Sandal Strap Slide Black/Black, 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 Cheap xwxn2 zhh9hr August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Womens Black, 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 Discount fuva9 hvidxk August Deals Nike Free Run 2 Mens,Womens Shoes ECCO Dayla Toggle Black/Black,Discount w57xt 43zwd2 August Deals ZX Flux Womens, 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 Womens Shoes GUESS Kaesy Black Leather, 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 Sale egmsw hxuyua August Deals Nike Air Max 1 Womens,Womens Shoes GUESS Almirra Natural,Sale v9cyc img4qd August Deals Nike Air Max 1 Mens,.

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 UK bu4gg 9ez45i August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Essential Mens,Womens Boots Hunter Original Short Gloss Bright Cerise,Buy 228344 New Balance Kids 890V4 Kid Blue Red Shoes, 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 Womens Boots Naturalizer Blake Black Leather/Printed Snake,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Comfortable 169426 Adidas Skate Rayado Mid Men Shoes,Womens Sandals Naturalizer Oxygen Black Leather/Cork Bottom,Cheap 244312 Air Jordan 28 Men White Black Red Shoes,, 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 Womens Shoes Naturalizer Verra Black Leather/Printed Iguana,.

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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 Discount 162204 Nike Air Max Ltd Men White Grey Shoes,Womens Shoes Nike DF Ballistec Advantage White/Light Aqua/Classic Charcoal/Volt,Shopping 201133 Nike Air Max Tailwind 4 Men Grey Orange Black Shoes, 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. Authentic 191140 Nike Dunk High Men Cheshire Cat Shoes,Womens Shoes Nike Air Pegasus '83 Wolf Grey/Bright Crimson/Deep Garnet/Black,Comfortable 233197 Nike Dunk Low Men White Black Shoes, 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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