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 Boots UGG Bailey Button Triplet Grey Sheepskin, 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 Authentic 196213 New Balance Classics Us574 Men Blue Infinity Shoes, 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 Buy 180337 Nike Air Classic BW Si Men Black Yellow Shoes,Womens Boots UGG Sumner Chocolate,Authentic 156923 Nike Air Flightposite 1 Men Orange Blue Shoes, 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 Boots UGG Reignfall Liberty Asphalt, 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 Inexpensive 147945 Nike Air Max 90 Men White Grey Black Shoes,Womens Sandals UGG Jazmine Metallic Chestnut Gold Coast Suede,Shopping 239851 Nike Air Max Ltd Men White Red Black Shoes,.

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 Discount 245428 Nike Air Max Tailwind Men White Black Grey Shoes,Womens Slippers UGG Dreams Moonstone Hearts Suede,Buy 209386 Nike Cortez Basic Nylon Retro Men Cortez Basic Nylon Black White Shoes, 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 Womens Boots Vaneli Laban Black Nappa/Mtch Zipper,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Shopping 231402 Nike Dunk High Men Shoes,Womens Sandals Vaneli Kinna Multi Fuchsia Blix Print,Buy 191871 Nike Dunk Low Men Red White Black 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 Sandals Vaneli Darena Black Nappa/Black Miniliz/Black Elastic,.

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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 Cheap 146404 Nike Zoom Hyperdunk Men Black Red Shoes,Unisex Shoes Vans Era 59 (Cork Twill) Incense,Buy 221430 Nike Zoom Kobe Kb 24 Men Black Grey 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. Discount 164081 Nikelebron11 Men Orange Silver Shoes,Hurley Dri-FIT Surf Camo,Shopping 168711 Adidas Springblade Razor Unisex Orange Black Silver 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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