So far, this season's been mild in most areas of the country. But winter is coming, and with it all of the weather that makes it difficult to rock sneakers, e.g. sleet, snow, and other assorted sludge. Rather than retire your favorite footwear from now until spring, however, those of you facing heavy combat with the elements over the next couple of months may want to consider investing in winterized sneakers.
Whether waterproofed, equipped with heat-retention features, outfitted with soles that can provide extra traction, or designed with some combination of all three, these sneakers are built specifically to take you from point A to B without sacrificing form for function. Even sneaker brands known for their no-weather SoCal vibes—think: Converse—are starting to outfit their shoes for use beyond the skate parks of summer.
Keep reading for 6 ways to winterize your sneaker collection this season.
This hardcore sneaker is made from water-repellent leather and boasts a water-shield lining, so even if water gets in, your socks won't get soggy. The sole will keep you from slipping, too.
This Chelsea-boot-and-sneaker mashup features a double-stacked cleated sole that can take on the worst of weather while adding an on-trend varsity vibe (with a twist) to your collection of kicks.
Thanks to its Nubuck leather and Gore-Tex fabric on the outside—plus, a Gore-Tex lining on the inside—this everyday sneaker is water-resistant. It also features a heat retention layer between the sockliner and outsole.
This shoe is stacked with features which make it cold-weather compatible. ClimaProof technology keeps your feet dry while ClimaWarm and PrimaLoft technologies keep them from getting cold. Additionally, the high-traction sole is optimized for maintaining sure footing on wet or slippery surfaces.
If you'd prefer for your winter shoes to masquerade as something you'd wear on warmer days, this could be the perfect pair for you. They look like any other Chuck but are waterproof.
This sneaker-boot hybrid features 200 grams of insulation to keep your foot warm on the coldest of days. It's also made from waterproof materials, both inside and out. Plus, that fuzzy trim around the top gives it an extra layer of cozy hygge-fied comfort on the go.
If you're more focused on feeling festive right now, shop these glittery sneakers instead. Pair them with sparkly leggings for a double dose of disco, because 'tis the season to shine.
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