There are some shoes that will be permanently linked to certain seasons or types of weather. Sandals are reserved for sunshine and hot weather, while boots are better suited to chilly winter days. Then there are sneakers, which can be worn all year long. You might not want to wear your canvas slip-ons in the snow, but sneaker brands have been improving models to make them suitable for all kinds of conditions. Here are the best sneakers to brave the elements.
Sneakers For All Four Seasons
Spring sneakers. Spring has a lot of benefits: beautiful blossoms, longer days, and warmer temperatures. The downside is the weather can often be unpredictable. Look for durable materials that can withstand spring showers, like leather or Gore Tex. Most sneaker brands already offer leather models, so it should be easy to find a pair you love. Gore Tex is slightly rarer to come across, but isn’t too much of a challenge. We recommend the Nike Dunk Low Premium Wp Medicom 5 for a classic white sneaker that makes just as much sense on a hiking trail as it does in the city.
Summer sneakers. Sandals are nice, but we like to think that sneakers are much more comfortable and practical when it’s hot out. You’ll never have to worry about one accidentally falling off your foot! Summer is the time of year for lightweight and breathable materials like canvas and mesh to shine. Your Converse, Vans, and Novestas will perfectly complement shorts, t-shirts, and sundresses.
Fall sneakers. Much like spring, you’ll want your fall sneakers to be made of sturdier materials than your summer pairs. Look for leather pairs in rich, autumnal hues to match those beautiful changing leaves. The Adidas Gazelle and Vans Old Skool sneakers look amazing in burgundy, while the New Balance 996 serves up amazing retro vibes in burnt orange. If you prefer subtle pops of color the Veja Esplar in marsala will be right up your alley.
Winter sneakers. You don’t have to give up your sneakers even when the weather gets frosty. Brands have thought of just about everything you need to keep your feet warm, from waterproof surfaces to cozy lined interiors. The Adidas Ultraboost WINTER.RDY running sneakers will have you covered with a reinforced water-repellent upper and rugged rubber soles specifically designed for rough terrains. The classic Nike Air Force 1 comes in a Gore Tex version that is guaranteed to protect your feet. Even Vans have created a mountain version of their Sk8-hi tops that look almost identical to the original version, aside from the PrimaLoft insulation and weather-resistant uppers.