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 Court Vantage (J62s9704) - Navy/Navy/White - Adidas Men Shoes Online, 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 Lebron 13 Shoes Lebron Xiii Elite 831923 606 Men S Nike Zoom Shoes New Nike Lebron 11 For Sale Nike, 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 Lebron 13 Shoes Nike Hyperdunk Foot Locker Lebron Nordstrom Eastbay Nike Hyperdunk Sport Pack Men S,Diadora N9000 Double L (H38e9203) - Gray Violet/Greener Past - Diadora Men Shoes Online,Nike Zoom Hyperrev Paul George Shoe Size The Funky Locker Nike Zoom Hyperrev Red Black Sneaker Bar D, 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 Air Jordan 1 Retro Ultra High (P91i1536) - Black/Ghost Green Blue Lagoon - Jordan Men Shoes Online, 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 Air Jordan 13 Men Air Jordan 13 Retro Clearance Jordan Shoes Outlet With Air Jordan 13 Xiii 4 Nike A,Air Jordan 8 Retro C&C (R43o6669) - Light Bone/Metallic Gold White - Jordan Men Shoes Online,Air Jordan 14 Sneakers Air Jordan 14 Retro Thunder Black Vibrant Yellow White Jordan Retro 14 Find D,.

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.

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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 Air Jordan 4 RETRO PREMIUM (V21r1541) - Light Bone/White Pure Platinum Wolf Grey - Jordan Men Shoes,. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Air Jordan 5 Men Air Jordan Men S Retro 5 V Laney Kickzstore Jordan Retro Shoes Retro Jordans Footac,Air Jordan 1 High the Return (P4x8487) - Black/Militia Green/White - Jordan Men Shoes Online,Air Jordan 6 Men Retro Air Jordans On Ebay Great Deals On Retro Air Jordans Carmine Air Jordan 6 Ret,, 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 Air Jordan XXX1 ASW (Y20v2882) - Black/Metallic Silver - Jordan Men Shoes Online,.

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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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