Best Winter Running Shoes

Text by: Altitude Sports Editorial Team

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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.

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 will surely keep you warm and dry.

Best Winter Running Shoes

How to Choose Your Running Shoes

Finding the right winter running shoes or winter trail running shoes is crucial. Adequate traction is necessary so you don’t end up slipping all over the place. Look for lug soles (soles with indentations) that dig into snow and offer a good grip in various conditions.  Vibram soles also offer excellent traction on mixed surfaces.

A shoe with a waterproof membrane like GORE-TEX (also indicated GTX) will keep your feet dry if you’re running through slushy puddles or ankle-deep snow. 

Best Winter Running Shoes Overall

Speedcross 5 GTX Trail Running Shoes by Salomon

Speedcross 5 GTX Trail Running Shoes by Salomon

With GORE-TEX weather protection and a grip that won’t quit, the men’s Speedcross 5 GTX by Salomon is a favourite among winter runners. Its Contragrip TA sole digs into the snow and wet ground. Cradling the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, its customized fit allows you to power through winter conditions while keeping your feet comfortable and dry.

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Best Running Shoes for Snow

Parkclaw 275 GTX by Innov8
Parkclaw 275 GTX by Innov8

Keep running in less-than-ideal conditions—or perfect, depending on how you see it. Versatile, the Parclaw 275 GTX by Innov-8 is a great fit for road or trail running.  The GORE-TEX membrane offers waterproof, windproof and breathable protection, while its outsole provides good grip all winter long.

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Best Running Shoes for Ice

Saucony Peregrine Ice+ 

Saucony Peregrine Ice+

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, the Peregrine Ice+, you’ll power through winter trails.

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Best Winter Running Shoes for Trails

Sense Ride GTX Invisible Fit by Salomon

Sense Ride GTX Invisible Fit by Salomon

No matter the weather, the Sense Ride GTX Invisible Fit by Salomon keeps you ruling the trails in adverse conditions. Light and flexible, the upper’s membrane offers full weather protection yet feels like traditional mesh. 

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Best Minimalist Winter Running Shoes

Norvan SL GTX Trail Running Shoe by Acr’Teryx

Ultralight, the women’s Norvan SL GTX by Arc’Teryx is a comfortable, packable trail running shoe. The upper features a breathable, waterproof GORE-TEX membrane. Made with TPU mesh, it’s foldable and easy to carry on all your adventures. The sticky Vibram outsoles offer traction to keep you running all year long.

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Best Running Shoes for Women

Cascadia 14 GTX by Brooks

Cascadia 14 GTX by Brooks

Offering weather protection and stability, the Cascadia 14 GTX by Brooks offers amazing traction. The cushioning adapts to your stride and its mudguard protects from debris. 

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Best Winter Running Shoes for Men

Wave Rider 23 GTX by Mizuno

Wave Rider 23 GTX by MizunoThe ultimate all-weather shoe, the Wave Rider 23 by Mizuno offers protection from the elements, great cushioning and unbeatable traction. 

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Best Unisex Winter Running Shoes

Salomon S/Lab XA Alpine 2 Shoes

S/Lab XA Alpine 2 Shoes by Salomon

No best winter running shoe 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. 

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Have a great run!

Read also: 
How to Dress for Winter Running 
8 Best Running Pants and Tights for Winter Running
8 Best Winter Running Jackets

 

 

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