These Are the Best Winter Sneakers to Help Make Outdoor Workouts Less Brutal

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Regardless of the changing seasons, 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 some winter sneakers—ones that are better prepared to face the harshest of elements. After all, running or walking outside in rain or snow requires some waterproof sneakers, at the least. To help, we've rounded up the warmest sneakers that will keep your feet toasty and protected as you work up a sweat.

What to look for in a winter sneaker

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 of supportive sneakers.

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 (and year) long.

The warmest sneakers for winter workouts

Allbirds Wool Runner-up Mizzles - winter sneakers
Allbirds Wool Runner-up Mizzles — $138.00

Perfect for winter walks, these merino wool shoes 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 15 winter sneakers
Saucony Ride 14 — $105.00

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 - winter sneakers
Merrell Siren Edge 3 Waterproof — $120.00

Merrell knows how to make shoes for cold climates. These waterproof sneakers are perfect for all kinds of terrain and conditions—whether you need running shoes for the snow or trail shoes for the mud. 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 - winter sneakers
Adidas Ultraboost 22 Cold.RDY Shoes — $105.00

Made for winter weather, these insulated running shoes will keep your feet comfortable and protected in the lowest of low temperatures. The warm shoes have 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 - winter sneakers
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 39 Shield By You - winter sneakers
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 Shield By You — $165.00

These weatherized winter running shoes come in six different color combinations, and you can also customize your own design to really help you 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. The soles have tire-like traction to prevent you from slipping on any slick or uneven surfaces.

Brooks Ghost 14 GTX - winter sneakers
Brooks Ghost 14 GTX — $160.00

Made with neutral support and soft cushioning, these Brooks waterproof sneakers will keep your feet secure and protected through all of your winter weather workouts. They have a lightweight GORE-TEX membrane to keep your feet dry will allowing them to move freely, making these shoes great for walking, running, or jumping in puddles.

On Cloud Waterproof Running Shoe - winter sneakers
Cloud Waterproof Running Shoe — $150.00

Rainy days won’t keep you from your workout with these On waterproof sneakers. They’re a hybrid lifestyle/running shoes that you can wear for a jog or a casual outing in your neighborhood, and they have a slip-on style to make them easier to put on and take off. A cushioned footbed means that your feel will stay comfy inside as you go about your day.

Salomon Speedcross 6 GORE-TEX
Salomon Speedcross 6 GORE-TEX — $160.00

No matter if you’re traipsing through mud or snow, these Salomon winter walking shoes will keep up with all your adventures. They have a waterproof GORE-TEX membrane but are still breathable, and a heavy duty sole to keep you grounded on any terrain. The Speedcross technology allows you to tighten your laces with just one pull, so you don’t have to struggle with them in cold or wet weather. If you need a pair of snow sneakers, these are a good option to keep in your closet.

New Balance Fresh Foam X 880v12 GTX - winter sneakers
New Balance Fresh Foam X 880v12 GTX — $160.00

These waterproof sneakers don’t look any different from the other running shoes you own, but they have additional features, like a GORE-TEX fabric to protect your feet from wind and water, and reflective detailing to keep you safe in low light conditions. They have foam cushioning and strategic breathable zones, so your feet won’t overheat while you’re out and about.

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