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15th November 2023 EDT FEATURES

Cold Weather, Hot Trends: Our Favorite Winter Sneakers

Stride into winter with the season's slickest sneakers.

Cold Weather, Hot Trends: Our Favorite Winter Sneakers
Cold Weather, Hot Trends: Our Favorite Winter Sneakers

As the mercury plummets and the last of the autumn leaves wave their final goodbye, it’s time to admit that flip-flop season is officially a distant memory. Presenting, the unsung heroes of the frostbite season—the elite league of winter sneakers! 

These aren’t your average, garden-variety kicks; they’re the “Game of Thrones” of sneakers: prepared for winter as if it’s always coming. From GORE-TEX guardians to stylish storm-troopers, these are the big dogs of the sneaker world that’ll have you strolling over slush and snow like they’re red carpets.

So, let’s introduce the top six winter sneaker warriors, ready to keep your style game hot, even when the weather’s not.

Top 6 Winter Sneakers to Outshine the Season’s Chill

1. Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance Rainier “Tan/Beige”

Winter Sneakers-Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance Rainier "Tan/Beige"

With the vintage charm of a 1982 trail shoe silhouette, these boots boast a sturdy Vibram outsole to grip the ground like a love-struck octopus. They come with a stylish co-branded tongue and an Aimé Leon Dore stamp inside, a testament to the fusion of classic and cool.

Waterproof, grippy, and dressed in the finest of nubuck, they’re for the urban explorer who refuses to let a little cold weather dampen their swagger. 

2. Nike ACG GORE-TEX “Mountain Fly”

Winter Sneakers-Nike ACG GORE-TEX "Mountain Fly"

Now, the Nike ACG Mountain Fly is what happens when your sneakers drink a double espresso. With the agility of a city slicker and the soul of a mountain goat, these kicks have a waterproof GORE-TEX skin and a Nike React foam heart. They’re basically your all-access pass to race the cityscape and rocky hills without changing gear.

3. Salomon XT-6 GORE-TEX 

Winter Sneakers-Salomon XT-6 GORE-TEX

Its cult-like following isn’t just for the slick design, courtesy of the Mud Contagrip and Agile Chassis System. It offers a grip so sure-footed, you could climb a skyscraper (disclaimer: please don’t try that).

These beasts come armored in anti-debris mesh and a PFC-free GORE-TEX coat that laughs in the face of puddles. Think of them as your trusty sidekick with a Quicklace system so nifty, that you’ll be ready before your latte.

With all these and a comfort level that scoffs at the term “distance,” these winter sneakers are less of a shoe and more of a feet fortress.

4. Nike WMNS Air Jordan 5 Retro GORE-TEX “Off-Noir”

Winter Sneakers-Nike WMNS Air Jordan 5 Retro GORE-TEX "Off-Noir"

Big-footed gentlemen weep alongside Cinderella’s stepsisters, for these stompers are a women’s exclusive, or men with petite trotters (up to size 10.5).

Sporting a Jumpman logo as crimson as a cherry on top, these kicks have vintage WWII fighter plane vibes for those who like their fashion served with a side of history. Their shark-toothed midsole also gives that bite of edginess every winter wardrobe craves. 

5. and wander x adidas TERREX Free Hiker 2.0 Hiking “Bronze Strata”

Winter sneakers-and wander x adidas TERREX Free Hiker 2.0 Hiking "Bronze Strata"

Lace-up for a fusion of high fashion and trail-ready function with the and wander x adidas TERREX Free Hiker 2.0.

Born from a Japanese-German design romance, these winter sneakers flaunt an eco-conscious, recycled Primeknit upper and earth-tone style for outdoor enthusiasts with a flair for aesthetics.

Boost your step with their springy cushioning and cling to any terrain with the Continental rubber outsole. Ideal winter sneakers for those who demand performance without skimping on style.

6. the Apartment x Timberland Heritage GTX Moc Toe Mid “Hazel Highway”

Winter sneakers-the Apartment x Timberland Heritage GTX Moc Toe Mid "Hazel Highway"

These boots are not just a throwback; they’re a masterpiece of collaboration, where Tokyo’s hip shop, the Apartment, dips Timberland’s iconic Moc Toe into a nostalgic palette of brown and green, echoing the great American outdoors of the ’70s.

But don’t let the retro look fool you—packed with GORE-TEX, these bad boys are rigged for the modern adventurer. With each step cushioned by custom insoles and every glance catching that distinctive ‘the Apartment’ branding, you will be strutting a cross-cultural fashion statement!

And there you have it, six winter sneakers so hot they’ll make Jack Frost wanna cop a pair. But let’s pour one out for the almost-made-its: the Nike Air Jordan 8 Winterized “Gunsmoke”, the On Cloudroam Waterproof Hi-cut, the Air Jordan IV Winterized, and the New Balance M2002R GORE-TEX.

They fought valiantly in the snug footwear saga but just missed our top six. Consider them the honorable mentions in our winter sneaker odyssey—the ones that keep the battle for the coolest cold-weather conquerors heated!

Which pair will be your winter sidekick? Share and tag us in your IG story—we’re all about that frosty flex!

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