Winter hands out days where nothing other than a massive calf-high boot covered in rubber and fleece lining will suffice. Hopefully, you don’t experience too many of those. What are far more common, though, are the days when a little snow has fallen or you need to trudge through some puddles. You don’t want to look like Nanook of the North, but you need something to protect you from the elements. That’s where sneaker boots come into play. Blending the comfort of sneakers with the protection of boots, they are the best of both worlds. Since there is still plenty more winter left, here are seven sneaker boots to help you through it.
The premium leather upper on the Lunarfresh is soft to the touch and also resilient to the elements that winter dishes out. It has a comfortable Lunarlon midsole and deep lugs on the outsole for stable traction.
VANS OLD SKOOL MTE CA
The classic skate shoe can also work in the snow thanks to the Mountain Edition of the Old Skool. It has a fleece liner, a water-resistant tongue, and a heat retention layer between the sockliner and the outsole.
ADIDAS CLIMAHEAT ROCKET BOOST SHOES
Adidas’s Boost technology does an incredible job of energy return, and there’s no reason to limit it to running and basketball shoes. In addition to a comfortable midsole, these high-tops also have an insulated liner that traps heat and dries quickly.
NIKE LUNAR FORCE 1 SNEAKERBOOT
Just because it’s crummy outside doesn’t mean you can’t rock your Air Force 1s. These sneaker boots draw inspiration from the iconic basketball shoe and update it for winter with a water-resistant upper and a reflective Swoosh for visibility in low-light situations.
COLE HAAN BRANSON
It’s more on the boot side of the sneaker-boot spectrum, but we’re not complaining. With a waterproof suede upper and outstanding cushioning, the Branson will look good no matter what you step in.
ADIDAS ZX CASUAL MID
Adidas took a classic running silhouette and updated for winter by raising the heel collar. The mesh detailing around the midsole is sure to stand out.
NEW BALANCE 710 $104.99, newbalance.com
Combining a hiking shoe with a running sneaker, the 710 looks good on the trail or the sidewalk. It’s leather upper gives it a classic look and the lugs on the outsole will keep you from slipping.