The Best Cold-Weather Sneakers for 2020
The temperature might be dropping in the Northern Hemisphere, but there’s still plenty of heat when it comes to the end-of-year sneaker smorgasbord. Some of each year’s best drops are reserved for the colder months, and 2020 is no exception.
Whether you’re looking to keep out the rain with a bit of GORE-TEX, complement your autumnal fit with some earthy tones, or simply keep your toes toasty without sacrificing style – there’s a cold-weather crep out there for you.
Here are our picks for the best winter-ready sneakers of 2020.
adidas UltraBOOST WINTER.RDY (Black)
A seemingly perfect combination of comfort, design and performance, the UltraBOOST will go down as one of adidas’ greatest ever sneakers. The sleek runner certainly ticks a lot of boxes, but those who have ever worn a pair will probably agree it isn’t exactly built for inclement conditions.
That’s where the new WINTER.RDY rendition comes in, with its reinforced, water-repellent Primeknit upper. Adding to the techy upgrades are the speedier pull-lacing system and a rugged Continental outsole with improved tread. Basically, it’s the UB you know and love, just tougher!
New Balance TDS Niobium Concept 1
With a sole taken from the cult-favourite MT801, and an upper decked out with eVent fabrics and water-resistant zippers, this technical sneaker will keep you dry in the wildest winter weather. They’re also versatile when it comes to style, featuring a removable upper which allows you to convert it from a trail-ready hiking boot to a comfy around-the-campsite mule!
Winter sneakers don’t have to be dull! Designed in a warming mix of ‘Shale’, ‘Red Ochre’, and ‘Sulphur’, this Foot Locker–exclusive colourway of the Salomon XT-6 elevates the renowned technical runner with a sunny streak of colour.
Salomon’s cold-weather prowess is famed throughout the world, and this reputation shines through in all their sleet-turned-street footwear offerings. Lightweight and durable, XT-6 features an abrasion-resistant TPU film and mesh upper, with quicklace technology making them even more suitable for every day wear.
Vans Sk8-Hi MTE 2.0 DX
The MTE has been around since 1988, delivering Vans classics with element-resistant upgrades. In 2020, the iconic Sk8-Hi has been rebuilt from the ground up, with lugged traction often seen in hiking boots. Don’t worry, purists! That distinct waffle outsole pattern is still present! The rubber midsoles extend up the sides, with the foxing sealed to keep water out, while the suede uppers are treated to be weather resistant. Additionally, PrimaLoft insulation keeps those toes extra toasty!
Nike Air Force 1 GORE-TEX Boot (Wheat)
Dressed in a winter-ready combo of ‘Flax’, ‘Wheat’ and ‘Gum Light Brown’, this boot-style AF-1 wears the now-familiar GORE-TEX waterproof leather on the upper, denying moisture any chance of ruining your day. The bold branding hits on the lateral heel and insoles, while the ‘Gum’ traction rubber outsole gives you the grip to rip any terrain.