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 Shoes Saucony Excursion TR9 Black/Pink 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 Red Bull Racing Team Polo, 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 Nike Pronto Essential,Womens Shoes Saucony Excursion TR9 Pink/Black/CitronNike Pro Cool Fitted, 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 Saucony Originals Bullet Grey/Blue 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 Hurley Modern Rebel One-Piece,Womens Shoes Saucony Originals DXN Trainer White/BlueNike Water Polo Solid High Neck,.

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 Pro Hypercool Graphic,Womens Shoes Superga 2311 Leahorsew BlackMen's Techfit Base Tee, 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 Shoes Superga 2750 Metlinw Natural. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Youth Wardrobe Fitness Logo Tee,Womens Shoes Superga 2095 Metallic Linen 2095 Metallic Linen GoldVarious Sizes Adidas Originals Dragon Restore Ancient Ways Running Shoes Men Grey White Blue n33fiaJO,, 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 Unisex Shoes Superga 2750 Cotfanu Grafitti Black/White.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Various Sizes Nike Air Pres5.0 Mens Shoes Red White S0DT2ncf,Womens Shoes Superga 2095 Metallic Linen NaturalWholesale Trade Nike Air Jordan 4 IV Retro Mens Shoes Black White PX0oLBuV,, 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.

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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 Buy egdzd bbbqdn August Deals Nike Air Max Thea Womens,Womens Boots Timberland Authentics Teddy Fleece Fold-Down Port Rugged Metallic FinishBuy neni7 mmz9u5 Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pink 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. Buy w8t25 3kvgu6 August Deals Nike Air Huarache Mens,Womens Boots Timberland Amston Hiker Rust Nubuck with Tan Waxed CanvasCheap 5m4k4 ybkp68 August Deals Nike Air Max 2016 Womens, 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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