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 Adidas Running Supernova Sequence Boost 8 Shoes Solid Grey Q32e76 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 Men's Frye Luke Wingtip Chukka Boots (Black Vintage Veg Tan) - N, 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 Men's Globe Castro Black/Charcoal Slippers (Black/Charcoal) - HI,Adidas Running Supernova Sequence Boost 8 Shoes Core Black C29v21Men's Haflinger GZ Classic Grizzly Grey Slippers (Black) - UY626, 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 Adidas Neo Warm Comfort Boots Collegiate Navy / Flash Pink E78i35 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 UK Outlet Converse Star Classic T for Women,Adidas Originals Superstar Up Shoes Core Black A18c99UK Outlet Nike Golf Ace Party Scoop up for Women,.

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 UK Outlet Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol Brillo top Party Shoes for Women,Adidas Running Ultra Boost ST Shoes Grey K42j27UK Outlet Nike Air Max Thea Joli for Women, 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 Adidas Volleyball Volley Response Boost Shoes Grey / Metallic Silver V43j71. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, UK Outlet Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 (Narrow) running shoes for Women,Adidas Running Supernova Sequence Boost 8 Shoes Night Navy Y1y92UK Outlet Nike soccer magus firm surfaces Order Grapa for Women,, 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 Adidas Graphic Tees MoirÉ Logo Tee Multi W49z28.

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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 Free Olympics V1 Women's Shoe Dark Royal Blue No.1742,Adidas Graphic Tees Suns Full Primary Logo Tee Multi R64j87Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Women's Walking Boot No.1681, 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 Air Max 1 Ultra Moire Womens Shoe "USA" White/Blue-Red,Adidas Graphic Tees Louisville Ss Aeroknit Tee Multi P91g42Womens Air Force 1 Low Hyper Pink/Cement!, 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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