Just because winter is upon us doesn't mean you have to stop running outside. The treadmill isn't your only option when winter hits, as long as you are prepared for the elements. With the right running shoes, running in the colder, wetter months can be fun, adventurous and a great escape.
A key piece of equipment at any time of year is a properly fitting pair of trainers that suit your running style. In the winter, there are some important features to look out for so that your run is smooth, warm and slip-free.
Whether you're running on the road or trails, if the heavens have opened you're going to need some grip and protection to keep you stable. Waterproof and insulating materials will also be welcomed when temperatures drop. And finally, you want to be seen in low-light to avoid collisions with others, so reflective details get the thumbs up from us. Check out our pick of the best running shoes for winter below.
Best waterproof running shoes
The AWL (All Winter Long) collection from Asics mean just that - they are suitable for whatever the weather throws your way. The shoe is made from waterproof (yet breathable) material to keep you dry and avoid any rubbing and discomfort. These running shoes also have great reflective details so you can be seen even on the darkest of days, keeping you safe.
Under Armour are always using the latest and greatest tech in their designs (these shoes can directly connect to the Map My Run app!). The Hovr Machina are great for muddy, wet trails thanks to the deep lugs and Vibram outsole providing plenty of grip and their Storm Technology repels water whilst regulating temperature. When you keep the feet dry, they'll also stay warmer which equals a longer more pleasant run.
Gore-Tex material is known for being incredibly waterproof, so when introduced into these Salomon running shoes, you know you're onto a winner. These tick the box in keeping your feet dry when hitting the trails and the grip and durability are second to none.
Best to be seen at night
Running in the winter will often mean running when it is a little darker outside and so it's important that runners, cyclists and pedestrians, in general, do everything possible to be seen by cars and other people to avoid any collisions. The Lite-Show running shoes from Asics are incredibly reflective under street lights, car headlights and torches.
When it comes to running in the winter, whether that's on the trails, fields or even wet/icy roads, you're going to need some good grip. The Inov-8 trail shoes are built with a Graphene-Grip rubber outsole as well as multidirectional claw-shaped lugs meaning you can be confident with each step knowing you won't slip and slide. They're lightweight too so are great for longer distance runs - perfect for winter training!
Salomon know a thing or two about the great outdoors and have created the Madcross for off-road running. Off-road shoes are renowned for their expert grip and durability and these stand out from the bunch. The high traction multi-directional lugs on the outsole enhance grip and therefore stability. They are cushioned to absorb impact but are still responsive with each step so no matter the ground you are covering, you will always be able to push off and get a good running rhythm.
Not only do we love the style of the adidas TERREX SPEED Flow Shoes, but they're also a shoe that will boost confidence running over varied terrain. The lugs on the sole grip in many directions, in wet and dry conditions much like the Salomon Madcross and the Inov-8 Terraultra, but the Terrex also gets a bonus point for being made using Primegreen recycled content and no virgin polyester.