The impending winter doesn’t mean you have to ditch the sneakers, but it should mean a slight adjustment to your spin. Once the snow falls or the temperature drops, you don’t necessarily need to wear boots, but you’ll want something more suited for the occasion than your standard Air Force 1 or Chuck Taylor.
Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of sneakers that are ready to stand in the dead of winter. The brand realized that there is a strong appetite for winter versions of some of their more classic kicks, while there is also an abundance of silhouettes designed especially for the occasion.
To get you ready for the months ahead, we’ve rounded up the hottest, toughest, and most waterproof sneakers you can buy right now. Whether you want to keep your feet warm or just prevent yourself from slipping and falling, the right winter sneaker for you is just a click away.
Adidas Terrex Swift R3 Gore-Tex ($ 150)
The latest Swift lowtop sneaker from Adidas’ outdoor line features Gore-Tex to keep your feet dry, along with lightweight cushioning and an aggressive outsole. Technically, it’s a shoe for trail running, but it will come in handy on the streets facing ice, snow and salt.
Converse Chuck 70 ($ 90)
The winterized Converse Chuck 70 emphasizes warmth with a fleece-lined interior and premium grained leather upper. But best of all, despite all the boosts, the sneaker still costs less than $ 100.
Nike ACG Mountain Fly Low ($ 180)
Nike ACG’s mission to prepare you for any climate has seen great success with its Mountain Fly series, which returns after its debut last year. The low version is available now, but you can also expect the high version equipped with Gore-Tex “Coming soon” if you want maximum protection.
Hoka One One Challenger Low ($ 150)
Under the nubuck upper hides a Gore-Tex membrane to prevent water from entering. We’re known as big fans of Hoka One One’s huge sole units, and this particular pair will help you keep running throughout the year.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield ($ 165)
The 38 Shield from Nike’s long range Pegasus is also ideal for your winter training. Nike has kept its water-repellent technology internally for its super tough and stable trail sneakers, and while the standard variants are almost sold out, you can customize a pair just for you thanks to Nike By You.
Salomon Snowcross Advanced ($ 234)
This stealthy black shoe from outdoor specialists Salomon is both sneakers, boot and completely badass. An abrasion resistant upper means you can literally hit rocks, and the sneaker is also fully waterproof with a sealed seam zipper and features a super grippy outsole.
Reebok Zig Kinetica II Edge Gore-Tex ($ 160)
The Zig Kinetica II was one of the best sneaker surprises of the year, and Reebok has now retooled it into a sneaker-boot hybrid with a Gore-Tex membrane and a series of straps and zippers for the fixation. The bottom line is unlike anything else on the market and gives us hope for a true resurgence of Reebok.
Nike Waffle One “Toasty” ($ 110)
This season, Nike is doing things a little differently with its all-new ‘Toasty’ series of sneakers. Many of the brand’s most iconic sneakers have been remade with a padded upper that should make you look like you’re walking around with your favorite blanket on your feet.