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 2015 New Nike Free 5.0 Running Mens Shoes Green White Green Kumquat Hot 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 Hot Elastico Finale Ii Orange Volt Citrus, 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 Hot Sell Online Nike Air Max 97 Mens Shoes Black White,2015 New Nike Air Max 95 360 Mens Shoes Blue WhiteMen's Air Griffey Max 2.5 in 25569, 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 2015 Newest Designed Nike Air Huarache Utility Run Shoes Camouflage Yellow/Black Blue Mens Sneaker Online Cheap 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 Nike Air Griffey Max 1 training shoes-3,2015 Newest Designed Nike Air Huarache Utility Run Shoes Red Black/White Spots Mens Sneaker Online SaleNike Air Jordan 11 XI Chicago Bulls Mens Shoes Black Green On Sale,.

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 Air Jordan 6 VI Retro Mens Shoes White Blue Online 2012,2015 Newest Air Jordan 11 XI Retro Basketball Shoes Mens Gold Metallic Gold/White Size 41-47Nike Air Jordan I 1 Retro Mens Shoes Low Red White Online, 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 2015 Newest Nike Air Max Lunar90 Flyknit Chukka Fluorescent Green White Outsole Shoes Lunarlon Cushioning Mens Sneaker Limited. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max 2013 Kids Shoes Anti Skid Wearable Breathable Children Sneakers White,2015 Newest Nike Air Yeezy II 2 Sp Max 90 The Devil Series Trainers Velcro Grey White West Mens Shoes Online SaleNike Air Max 87 2013 New Mens Shoes Blue,, 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 2015 Newest Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 Mens Running Shoes Cheap On Sale Couples Sneaker Sapphire Pink.

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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 Nike Anti Skid Kids Wearable Breathable Caterpillar Running Shoes Online Store Purple Pink Fluorescent Green,2015 Nike Air Jordan Xiii 13 Cigar Custom By Damien New Colors Mens Sneakers AJ Basketball ShoesNike Dunk SB 2012 New High Cut Mens Shoes Mickey Mouse red white yellow black, 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. Nike Flight One NRG Sneakers For Men in 60808,2015 Nike Air Max 2020 Mens Shoes Running Deep Blue Black Sneakers For Cheap OnlineNike Free Powerlines II Mens Shoes Black Red Gold, 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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