The best winter running shoes will keep you moving in sub-zero temperatures and sloppy weather, essential to your comfort and reaching your personal running goals. Running with wet, cold feet is not only uncomfortable but can also be risky.
How to Choose a Winter Running Shoe
Finding the right winter running shoe or winter trail running shoes is crucial. Adequate traction is necessary so you don’t end up slipping all over the place. A shoe with a membrane will keep your feet dry if you’re running through slushy puddles or ankle-deep snow.
Here are our top picks for winter running shoes. Matched with merino layers from icebreaker or the Intraknit series from Smartwool, the following pairs of shoes below will surely keep your feet warm and dry.
Best Winter Running Shoe Women
Saucony Peregrine Ice+ Trail Running Shoes
Saucony‘s PWRFOAM and EVERUN are industry-defining technologies that make their way into the snow and ice. With the Arctic Grip outsole by Vibram on the Peregrine Ice+, you’ll power through winter trails.
Women’s Winter Running Shoes
Icebug NewRun BUGrip GTX Shoes
GORE-TEX protection, a roomier cold-defying toe box and a BOA Fit system bring winter running to new places in Icebug‘s NewRun BUGrip GTX. 17 carbide studs steady the course in any condition.
Inov-8 ArticTalon 275 Trail Running Shoes
A shoe like the ArcticTalon 275 by Inov-8 is so good it appears in both men’s and women’s versions. The protective shank aligns with the spikes, giving you a stable racer that means your best winter finish.
Best Winter Running Shoe Men
Salomon Supercross GTX Trail Running Shoes
Salomon is at it again with their deluxe Supercross GTX, with GORE-TEX to keep you dry, a Quicklace to keep you locked in, and a Contagrip outsole to keep you on track. Leading the industry for a reason.
Men’s Winter Running Shoes
Inov-8 ArcticTalon 275 Trail Running Shoes
As mentioned, the ‘His’ version of the ArcticTalon 275 by Inov-8 is a sweet ride in cold, less-than-ideal conditions—or perfect, depending on how you see it. The shank & spike alignment makes for a fast run all winter long.
Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX
The XA Pro 3D GTX by Salomon is designed to be the ultimate trail running shoe. The Premium Wet Traction Contagrip outsole provides exceptional traction on every type of terrain while the Salomon Flex membrane is engineered with GORE-TEX to keep your feet dry.
Best Winter Running Shoe Unisex
Salomon S/Lab XA Alpine 2 Shoes
No best winter running shoes list is complete without one entry from Salomon‘s now-legendary S/Lab, this time the winter XA Alpine 2 Run boot for him and her. Aggressive traction, Contagrip outsole, Energy Cell mid and a water repellent boot keep you dry, cushioned—and fast.
How to Winterize Running Shoes
If you want to get more out of your trail runners, or just can’t give up the cushion on your usual shoes, try and over-the-shoe addition like spikes. Kahtoola NANOspikes slide over your shoe, providing traction without compromising the feel of your runner. Hillsound has the FreeSteps6, with 21 spikes and a great stretch over your shoe.