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 Fashionable Casual Shoes - Mens Nike Air Force 1 Low White/Pure Platinum/Pure Platinum, 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 New Styles Basketball Shoes - Mens Jordan TR '97 Black/White/Grape Ice/New Emerald, 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 Newest Casual Shoes - Mens PUMA Trinomic Gray Mono/Gum,Fashionable Casual Shoes - Mens Nike Flystepper 2K3 Dark Magnet Grey/Light Magnet Grey/Black,Nice Looking Casual Shoes - Mens adidas Originals Top Ten Hi Black/Black/White Vapour, 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 Fashionable Running Shoes - Mens Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Black/White/Hot Lava/Volt, 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 Original Designed Running Shoes - Mens adidas Originals ZX Flux Black/Bold Blue/Yellow,Fashionable Style Boots Shoes - Mens Timberland Regular Kid Lace Hiker Brown Smooth,Outlet On Sale Basketball Shoes - Mens Nike Hyperchase University Red/White/Bright Crimson/Silver,.

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 Outlet Online Basketball Shoes - Mens Jordan Retro 1 '94 Anthracite/Gym Red/Black/Team Red,Fast Deliver Basketball Shoes - Mens adidas Originals C-10 Night Flash/Black/Granite,Outlet Shop Basketball Shoes - Mens Jordan Super.Fly II PO Dark Concord/Black/Infrared 23, 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 Fashionable Style Running Shoes - Mens New Balance 870 V3 Blue/Black,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Perfect Running Shoes - Mens adidas Originals ZX Flux Black/Black/Black,Fashionable Training Shoes - Mens PUMA Roma Basic White/Black/Black,Popular Casual Shoes - Mens Nike Roshe One University Red/White/Black/Cool Grey,, 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 Fast Deliver Running Shoes - Mens ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 White/Black/Red,.

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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 Reasonable Price Casual Shoes - Mens Jordan Velocity Gym Red/Black/White,Favorite Casual Shoes - Mens Nike Air Max 1 Grey Mist/Black/Lyon Blue,Reliable Casual Shoes - Mens Nike Air Command Force White/Bright Crimson/Wolf Grey/Lyon Blue, 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. 2016 Nike Official Mercurial Superfly V AG-Pro football boots Black/White,Favorite Casual Shoes - Mens PUMA Suede Classic Sulphur Spring/Silver,2018 Nike Lightest Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Shadow Black Medium Grey 555088-013 Websites, 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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