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 Authentic Lebron James 11 Gator King All-Star Cashmere Green Glow-Purple Dynasty 647780-735 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 Cheapest Nike Air Max 2016 II KPU Volt Blue, 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 adidas Crazy Light Boost 4 Battle Pack,Authentic Lebron James 11 Gold Medalist White Gold Red 616175 023Discount adidas Crazyquick Blue Blue G33301, 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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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 For Sale Cheap Nike KD 7 University Red Metallic Silver Royal Blue,Authentic Lebron James 11 Low SE Multi-color Metallic Gold-Multi-color 695224-970Genuine Air Jordan 9 Low Infrared, 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 Authentic Lebron James 11 P.S. Elite Gold Black 616175 001. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Genuine Cheap Nike KD 5 Basketball Shoes Red White Neon Green 554988 610,Authentic Lebron James 11 Printing Black RedGenuine Cheap Nike KD 5 Red Yellow Grey 554988 610,, 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 Authentic Lebron James 11 Volt Grey.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Legit Cheap Nike KD 8 Total Orange Black Volt Bright Crimson Dark Grey,Authentic Real Kobe 9 Elite "Team Lakers" Court Purple White-Laser Orange-Wolf Grey 630847-500Legit Original Air Jordan 4 Python Customs By JBF,, 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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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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