10 Best Winter Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Winter Running Shoes in 2022

As opposed to regular running shoes, running shoes for winter are more protective and warm. And to combat slick surfaces, they are also much grippier. 

It’s not easy to filter out the best of the best among winter shoes, which is where we come in. We test various running shoes for the cold, snowy, and icy season, and select the most suitable pairs from different categories.

How we choose the best winter running shoes

We do not just cherry-pick the shoes we choose to put on this list. Each model goes through a myriad of tests in our own shoe testing lab to determine their quality as winter running shoes. 

To examine every model, we carefully go through these:

  • Log a minimum of 30-50 miles before giving our feedback
  • Cut open each shoe to examine its parts
  • Measure every part in various parameters like ventilation, lightness, stiffness, etc. 

To give you an idea of how they stack up against other running shoes on the market, we also calculate their CoreScore (a rating of 0-100) from thousands of expert and user reviews. 

Best winter running shoes overall

The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX is a trail shoe that REALLY impressed us. It kept our feet dry all throughout the wet conditions we ran! It's made for training runs so don't expect anything fast. Instead, expect a superbly bouncy and comfortable shoe that will mute out all the rocks and roots underfoot. Even better, in areas of grip and durability, this shoe will wow you!
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Running through puddles and snow? The Nike Pegasus 37 Shield is the perfect companion. With its weather-proof features and comfortable midsole, it shines in mid-distance daily training runs. Because it runs narrow in the toe box, it's not ideal for high-mileage runs. And if you're looking for a breathable, water-draining shoe, you might want to consider other Nike running shoes.
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Best road winter running shoes

Designed for all-weather athletes, the Ultraboost Winter.RDY features a water-repellent upper to keep you going in light rain and snow. A "winterized" version of the popular Ultraboost, this shoe features the responsive Adidas Boost midsole and a durable rubber outsole that gives traction on rough and wet grounds. Though it is ready to keep your feet warm in cold weather, the upper of the Ultraboost Winter.RDY will not keep your feet dry on puddles and heavy rain.
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The Adidas Ultraboost Leather is a road running shoe that is designed for people with a neutral gait. This shoe is created to provide excellent comfort and reliable protection while enhancing the runner’s performance. Its stylish design is perfect not only for running, but also for work, school, and other non-strenuous activities.
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Best trail winter running shoes

Considered the more road-influenced version of the Saucony Peregrine 10, the Saucony Mad River TR 2 offers a more forgiving, feel-good ride. This makes it an excellent road-to-trail alternative without compromising the necessary features to tackle semi-technical terrains. Whether you want to go fast or mellow, the Mad River TR is sure to deliver. It's a very versatile shoe, to say the least, for such an affordable price.
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People are generally happy with the Salomon XA Pro 3D V8 GTX. This trail-optimized model is welcomed because it offers confident traction, a secure and waterproof wrap, and steady underfoot experience. On the other hand, the stiffness of the platform and the restrictive upper are criticized.
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Best neutral winter running shoes

The Peregrine 11 GTX from Saucony may not be the best choice for light trails, but it sure is a certified star in semi-technical and technical terrain. It's a waterproof shoe that can go fast or slow in short to long distances. With its impermeability, it's also an excellent winter-ready shoe. The Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX doesn't have a lot of fuss, making it a great trail shoe for beginners.
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Getting inspiration from the popular Salomon Speedcross, the Supercross Blast GTX will give you the protection and traction you need to tackle the outdoor with confidence, from the urban park to the local trail. Admired for its waterproof upper, the shoe is ready to keep your feet dry in rainy weather and warmer on colder days. Designed for soft and muddy terrain, the shoe may lack the grip you need on rocky surfaces.
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Best budget winter running shoes

The overall reaction of people towards the Peregrine 10 ST has been mostly positive. This Saucony running shoe is believed to be an efficient option for wet outdoor environments. The soft surfaces of muddy paths are apparently of no consequence for the optimized outsole while dampness is averted by the water-resistant upper. Fans of performance footwear that can handle slippery geography can have fun with the Saucony Peregrine 10 ST.
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The overall feedback of people towards the Charged Rogue Storm has been positive. The highlighted accoutrements of this Under Armour running shoe are the water-repellent upper, the traction-ready outsole, and the accommodating cushioning system. It offers superb flexibility and great versatility that allows efficient road running in mildly wet conditions.
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.