Don’t let colder weather confine you to the treadmill this winter. With the right shoes, you can face the elements with confidence. If you’re on the hunt for a new pair this season, there are a few things to keep in mind: traction, durability, water resistance and reflectiveness to name a few. Because we know you don’t want the elements slowing you down, we’ve compiled a list of our top winter running shoes based on customer ratings, best sellers and top brands.
Hit your stride with the Brooks Run Visible Levitate 4. Its flattened lug design helps provide improved ground coverage and traction, which is a must-have for winter running. Plus, it’s made with abrasion-resistant rubber to help protect your feet against any harsh elements. Reflective details will have you feeling confident on those low-light winter runs. And finally, you can expect a comfortable ride with its wraparound collar and knit upper that are designed to provide a secure, sock-like fit. If you’re looking for a reflective, secure shoe, this might be the one.
Staying visible is always important, but on dark winter jogs, it’s a must. The Brooks Run Visible Ghost 13 is designed with effective reflective details to help you stay visible. These shoes are built to help provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability. With hundreds of five-star reviews on the Ghost series, you can be sure the Ghost 13 is well-loved and perfect for pounding the pavement, whatever the weather.
Keep your run going this winter with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 27 Lite Show running shoes. Living up to its name, this shoe incorporates reflective accents throughout the design. Plus, it’s made to keep you feeling supported in all the right places with energized cushioning for runners needing more stability. Perfect for harsh winter pavement, the AHAR® Plus Outsole is strategically positioned in critical areas, making it 50% more durable than standard ASICS High Abrasion Rubber. For a durable, supportive, reflective shoe, the ASICS Gel-Kayano 27 Lite Show may be right for you.
Take on challenging terrain with the new Nike Men’s Pegasus Trail 2 GTX Trail Running Shoes. Gore-Tex waterproof technology on the upper will help keep you dry and feeling confident as you trudge through uneven terrain. This shoe features an ideal fit with a roomy toe box and boasts ultimate traction with its rubber outsole, traction on the heel and toe and nubs throughout. For smooth transitions, the Nike React foam helps provide cushioned support. Plus, they’re versatile enough for everyday wear. If you’re looking for something that looks great and performs, this might be your new go-to.
If you’re taking on the trail, especially in the winter, there are some key elements to look for — and the Brooks Cascadia Trail 15 boasts quite a few. This shoe features a Mud Guard that protects from debris while allowing water to be repelled, a rubber outsole allows for increased traction on wet and dry surfaces and a close-to-foot fit to help keep you nimble. Even if you don’t plan on trail running this winter, a trail running shoe could be a good move for some extra traction.
Stay dry on wet winter days with the Brooks Catamount Trail shoes. Drainage slits allow water to drain and disperse so your feet dry quickly, while its sticky rubber outsole and high surface-area lugs provide outstanding up and downhill traction on wet surfaces. Plus, its Rock Shield and Mud Guard helps provide protection against rocks, roots and debris — perfect for unpredictable wintery ground. If you’re looking for quick-drying traction, this shoe could be best for you.
Take to the trails this winter in the Brooks Divide. It’s made with a lightweight rock plate designed to offer protection and reliable traction that can help you take on rugged paths. It’s designed with a midfoot wrap that offers a secure fit, but still remains comfortable, thanks to the lightweight BioMoGo DNA cushioned midsole. With a sticky rubber outsole and horseshoe-shaped heel groove, you can confidently take on uneven, wintery terrain. If you’re looking for traction, durability and midfoot support this winter, this might be your pick.
Stay agile on your feet with the Brooks Caldera 4. Plush cushion and amazing grip can help you tackle new terrain. It features an engineered mesh upper designed to provide breathability and strategically placed stretch points for added comfort. The midsole and outsole work together to help you experience a smooth, stable ride. Plus, with its sticky rubber outsole, traction won’t be a problem. Many reviewers note this shoe’s comfort as well. If you’re looking for an option with grip, cushion and durability, the Caldera 4 could be a great choice.
Take on any cold-weather terrain with the adidas Terrex Trail. This shoe features a GORE-TEX upper for waterproof runs, an open mesh upper for breathability and comfort and is made out of abrasion-resistant material. For a sturdy winter running shoe from adidas, this is a great option.
As long as you have the traction, durability, reflectiveness or water resistance you need, you can take on your next winter run… outside! Finish off your look with our collection of reflective running gear.