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 Men's Nike Kobe X "USA" Basketball Shoes University Red/Reflect Silver/Photo Blue 705317-604, 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 Weekend Discount - Brand New Nike Air Max 95 OG Original Black / Grey / Volt Size UK 9 554970 071, 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 Weekend Discount - Nike Air Jordan 10 Powder Blue Black 2014 Basketball Shoes Size 8,Men's Nike Kobe VIII Elite Basketball Shoes Bright Orange/Electric Green 586156-030,Reebok Mens Pheehan Run 4.0 Shoes Black/White/Solar Yellow/Silver Met G57248, 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 Men's Nike Kobe XI Elite Basketball Shoes Dark Grey/Bright Mango/Court Purple/Volt 822675-078, 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 Reebok Mens Classics Hexalite Advance Runner Gp Shoes Blue/Midnight Blue/Laser Red/White G57591,Men's Nike Kobe X Basketball Shoes Black/Silver 705317,Adidas Hamburg Suede navy White Mens Casual Sneakers G56194,.

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 Adidas ZX Flux Weave Sneakers Mens White/Black/Solid Grey G56249,Men's Nike Kobe XI Elite Basketball Shoes Black/Purple/Yellow,New Balance 574 Mens Sneakers Blue/Orange G56416, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

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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 Men's Nike Kobe XI Elite Basketball Shoes White/Black/Court Purple,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Mens Nike Air Max 1 Black/Dark Grey Sports Shoes G56546,Men's Nike Kyrie 1 "Think Pink" Basketball Shoes Hyper Pink/White 705277-600,Mens Nike Air Max 90 Wolf Grey/Challenge Red/Summit White/Dark Grey Running Shoes G56591,, 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 Men's Nike Kyrie 2 "Alma Mater" Basketball Shoes Hyper Cobalt/Black/Metallic Silver 819583-444,.

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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 Bjorn Borg X100 Low Mesh Trainer,Men's Nike LeBron XI All-Star Basketball Shoes Cashmere/Green Glow-Purple 647780-735,Lacoste Graduate Tweed Trainer, 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. Puma Ignite Sock Trainer,Men's Nike LeBron X Basketball Shoes Laser Purple/Strata Grey/Total Crimson 583108-500,Vans Atwood Distress Canvas Trainer, 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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