Right now, minimalism, lightweight builds and knit textiles reign supreme over the sneaker world. But when the winter months hit, the thin fabric of your most treasured sneaks probably won’t stand up to a cold snap.
But for those who want something built for the winter that’ll still keep them looking fresh, you’re in luck. Sneakerboots are becoming more and more popular among statement makers who need an on-point, iconic look that’ll face up to the cold with no problem.
Luckily, JD’s well-stocked with rugged, ready-for-anything kicks that make light work of cold, wet weather conditions. Here’s a run-down of the sneakerboots you should be lacing up in this winter.
Nike’s legendary court kick gets ready for off-season with these Lunar Force 1 Duckboots. Equipped with Watershield to keep you protected from drizzles, downpours and puddles, the high-cut collar and inner sleeve put an end to the chill.
Of course, no Nike Air shoe is complete without the iconic Air Sole unit, so on top of all those element-beating essentials you get some of the best impact protection in the game. Get a load of that hiking boot-style outsole too – you wouldn’t dare step to the rim in these, but for cutting through harsh weather, these absolutely nail it.
The Air Presto’s re-emergence onto the footwear stage this year has been big news, and it’s not about to do another vanishing act any time soon. If the original was like a t-shirt for your feet, then the Air Presto Mid Utility is more like a snug winter jacket.
Stepped up with a stretchy synthetic leather upper, the DWR (that’s durable, water-repellent) finish keeps the rain from ruining your new kicks, while the mid-cut collar and snug lining turn up the heat when the temperature drops.
On the skate-style tip, Vans take their game-changing shoe next level with these Sk8-Hi MTEs. Swapping out the classic Waffle outsole for a brand new lug outsole for consistent performance on uneven surfaces, the Scotchgard-treated upper keeps you protected, with a heat-retaining layer between the sockliner and outsole for added warmth on the move.
Even the optimised sequel to the most famous sneak in the world needs winterising. Built with a premium mesh-backed waterproof leather upper, these Chuck Taylor II Boots from Converse feature a neoprene cuff for instant step-in comfort, soft micro-suede lining and a Lunarlon midsole for low-profile, responsive cushioning. Just when you thought the Chuck couldn’t get any better, he switches things up once again.
The Roshe 2 is probably the last shoe you’d expect to get the winter-ready treatment – it’s a trainer that prides itself on its minimalist, straightforward design after all. But here it is: a sub-zero sneak with an optimised, water-repellent Flyknit upper and an enhanced Waffle outsole that takes on the cold, wet weather every time you lace up.
For more winterised essentials and all the latest trainer drops, hit up JD’s New In footwear page right here.