Shoes are made for every activity under the sun, and shoes specifically made for winter running are no exception. Unlike regular running shoes or racing shoes, winter running shoes are made specifically for the needs of those running outside in the harsh winter elements to keep their feet dry and comfortable. So, what are the main differences between regular running shoes and winter running shoes? A few of the features and benefits of winter running shoes are:
1 – Aggressive bottoms for better traction on snow and ice. Just like knobby tires on a truck, the tread on winter running shoes made to keep you on your feet when running on snow and ice. Traction aids that slip over your shoes can offer additional stability and peace of mind when running on ice.
2 – Water resistant to keep water out while highly breathable at the same time, most winter running shoes are made with Gore-Tex to ensure your feet are dry and comfortable.
3 – Tongueless with no seams under the laces to prevent snow and water from making their way in.
4 – Rubber toe protect for added protection when kicking snow and ice.
Don’t Forget About the Socks
Almost as important as a good pair of winter running shoes are the socks you wear. If you happen to step in snow or water that is higher than your shoes, a good pair of socks will help to pull the moisture away from your skin. Look for a quality, high-performance sock like Smart Wool to work in combination with your winter running shoes to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
The Best Shoes for Winter Running
While this is not a comprehensive list by any means, but we’ve had good experience with the following winter running shoes:
- NB 910
- Brooks Ghost GTX
- Saucony Xodus
- Salomon Synapse MID CS WP
If you plan on running outside this winter a good pair of winter running shoes should be on your essential list along with some good running tech wear. Let our expert staff help you transition to winter running, stop by Complete Runner today!