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These Are the Warmest Sneakers That Will Make Winter Workouts Less Brutal

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It's been nearly two years since the start of the pandemic, and many of us are still working out outside. And while our favorite lightweight runners may have carried us through outdoor exercising in the warmer months, as the temperatures continue to drop, it's finally time to invest in a new kind of shoe—one that is better prepared to face the harshest of winter elements. To help, we've rounded up the warmest sneakers that will keep your feet toasty and protected as you work up a sweat.

When it comes to picking the perfect winter sneaker, there are a few key elements to keep in mind. The shoe should be durable, waterproof, slip-resistant, and padded or insulated against the chill. That said, in ticking those boxes, you shouldn't have to sacrifice the breathability, style, comfort, support, and lightweight feel that you so love in your year-round favorite pairs.

Fortunately, many brands, like Adidas for instance, have created winterized versions of their fan-favorite runners, while other brands opt for new styles that tout waterproof uppers, added insulation, and extra grippy tread that is made to secure your stride while running in the snow, rain, or sleet. Some shoes even get bonus points for having reflective elements for those low-visibility winter mornings and evenings during the shorter days. Scroll down to shop the warmest sneakers that we're going to be wearing all season long.

The warmest sneakers for winter workouts

Allbirds Wool Runner-up Mizzles — $138.00

Perfect for winter walks, these merino wool sneakers are water-repellent so they will keep your toes dry, are lined for extra warmth, padded for comfort, and are sustainably made. The high top style is also great for protecting your ankles from the elements.

Saucony Ride 14 — $130.00

These light and breathable runners feature a thick rubber sole that will ensure your feet don’t get wet while working out in the elements. They also have a padded inner to keep your feet comfortable and tightly held within the shoe.

Merrell Siren Edge 3 Waterproof — $120.00

Merrell knows how to make shoes for cold climates. These waterproof sneakers are perfect for running in the rain or snow and for trail running. They come in four colors with sizes from 5 to 11, and feature a dry barrier that keeps water out but also lets your feet breathe.

Adidas Ultraboost 22 Cold.RDY Shoes — $210.00

Made for winter weather, these insulated running shoes will keep your feet comfortable and protected in the lowest of low temperatures. The grippy rubber sole will also keep you secure on slick streets so you won’t have to worry about slipping as you stride.

HOKA All Gender Mafate Speed 2 — $170.00

Made to give your feet support and cushioning on difficult terrain, these runners feature a grippy tread, lightweight construction, and a thick rubber sole to keep your feet dry and protected.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield By You — $165.00

These weatherized running shoes come in 12 unique color combinations that will stand out in a crowd or on the dreariest of winter days. The warm upper is coated with a weatherproof shield and features an insulated tongue to keep your feet toasty as the temperatures drop.

Brooks Ghost 11 — $209.00

Made for runners with a medium to high arch, these supportive sneakers will keep your feet secure and protected through all of your winter weather workouts. The style is lightweight, cushioned, and durable, so the pair will last you for years of activity.

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