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 Flatss & Heelss By Rad Russel / Flats with Gold Toe Cap & Bow / Gold 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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Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Nike Sunray Adjust 4 Toddler Sandal Shoes Pink Pow/Total Orange/Bold Berry 885742, 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 Boots Fashion Color 627783,Gripz / Concave Open Toe Faux Leather Heels / BeigeNew Balance Kj890V4 Men Sneakers Blue/Black 731796, 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 Gioseppo / Dresalti Boots / Black 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 Camel Active Men Flat Shoes Black 211456,Gioseppo / Technic Sneakers / Gold/BlackSorel Men Slippers Green 660247,.

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 Supra Supra Skytop Men Shoes Grey Blue 843252,Gripz / Luvy Suede Pumps / greenNike Nike Air Max Tn Requin Men Shoes Black Red 549258, 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 Gripz / Simrib Almond Toe Pumps / green. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Nike Free 6.0 Men Sports Shoes Black 588644,Gripz / Tri Cut Out Lamb Leather Mid Heel / BeigePuma Puma Motorsport Men Shoes Black-White 588150,, 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 Gripz / Priky Pointy Studded Mid Heels / black.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Nike Lebron 8 V2 Men Shoes Navy White Metallic Silver 923837,Gripz / Clash Strappy Wedges / WhiteNike Air Jordan 23 Degrees Men Sports Shoes Black 150015,, 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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Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Puma Kids Trainers Black 572027,Hoz Usa / ERIC lace up sneakers / blackIgor Campera Charol Girls Rain Boots Black 898925, 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. Cheap Cute Adidas ACE16+ Purecontrol No Laces FG AG Soccer Boots Blue Gold T13b1989,Kiki / Embroidered Upper Moccasin / BlueWholesale Fashion Store Adidas Messi 16+ Pureagility Fg-AG Football Boots Blue Silver Z43l6706, 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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