You switch over your wardrobe when seasons change, so why shouldn’t you do the same with your running shoes?
We checked with Anne and Kate Pezalla--sisters, running coaches and owners of Lively Athletics, a women-focused fitness store in Oak Park, Illinois--and their argument makes sense to us:
Toasty Toes Typical running shoes are made to breathe. (Translation: They let in outside air.) So in freezing conditions, try an insulated, waterproof style like On Running’s Cloudrunner Winter Edition.
Stability Is a Must Sneakers designed for wintery conditions--like Pearl Izumi's EM Trail M2--are often more stable, with a wider base that prevents your foot or ankle from rolling too much upon impact.
Get a Grip Trail shoes aren’t just for hiking. Their extra-grippy soles can handle almost any kind of unpredictable terrain. Newton’s Boco AT, which employs multi-directional lugs on the sole, provides extra stability in snow.
The Shoe Should Fit Running shoes should be a half size to a full size larger than street shoes. Your feet swell as you exercise, plus you need plenty of space for warmer, thicker socks. (Try these cute merino ones by Darn Tough.)
Take It Further If you live in a particularly snowy or icy area, invest in Yaktraxs, which are cleverly designed coils that strap around your shoes for extra grip.