If you stepped outside at all over the weekend (like, why, though?!) you probably noticed that—as of December 21, in fact—it sure isn’t fall anymore. The days of shuffling out of the house in your trustiest slippers to buy out the convenience store’s supply of Emergen-C are numbered. The type of weather we’re dealing with now calls for some seriously winter-ready footwear, and drudging through the slush in a soggy pair of slip-ons ain’t it, boss. Trust me on this one.
Enter the sneakerboot. If you’re finding it hard to muster the energy necessary to wrangle your feet into a pair of real shoes (no offense, slippers) do yourself a favor: invest in a hybrid style that combines all the comfort of a sneaker with all the durability of—you guessed it!—the sturdiest boots in your arsenal. Because the best sneakerboots available now seamlessly blend form with function, leaving you free to carelessly stomp through any suspiciously-colored piles of snow you encounter without worrying about your damp socks for the rest of the day.
Some are sleek and streamlined, the type of shoe that looks like it could’ve walked straight off the set of the latest Star Wars spinoff. Others lean all the way into the Frankensteinian nature of their design, flaunting their chunky soles and freaky, utilitarian details like badges of honor from winter battles bygone. So this season, why not give your feet a break—and your slippers a day off—by giving the sneakerboot a chance? The struggle is real out there. No need to compound it further.
Intrigued? (Of course you are!) Here’s where to start.
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Bosey Gore-Tex MC High Top Sneakers
Each year, the sneaker experts at Converse congregate to give some of the most classic silhouettes in the brand’s arsenal a serious winter upgrade. A standout from 2020’s selection? The Bosey MC, a fleece-lined high top rendered in water-resistant Gore-Tex with a hefty treaded rubber sole.
Converse x Paria /FARZANEH Pro Leather X2 Sneakers
And speaking of hefty! Earlier this year, Converse tapped the British-Iranian designer Paria Farzaneh to winterize its already LARGE Pro Leather sneakers, and the upstart menswear god readily complied, updating the silhouette with a reflective 3M version of the paisley print that’s fast becoming a brand signature.
Nike x Undercover SFB Mountain Boots
It should come as no surprise that Nike has more than a few sneakerboot options up its tech fleece-lined sleeve. The best on the market right now, though, might be the Swoosh’s collaborative effort with Undercover’s Jun Takahashi. Inspired, in part, by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman’s time in the military, the boot fuses utilitarian details and a rugged outsole with all the design flourishes you love in your favorite sneakers, in a colorway that strays just far enough from Takahashi’s usual black.
Converse x A-COLD-WALL* ERX Sneakers
When I said Converse tends to go HAM on the whole sneakerboot thing, I wasn’t kidding. This year the brand also worked with the designer Samuel Ross, of A-Cold-Wall* fame, on a sneaker that combines Ross’ technical prowess and keen eye for architectural design with premium materials and a highly winter-ready silhouette.
Rhyodomo Gore-Tex Shoes
A distant relative to Takahashi’s punk-inspired take, Nike’s slightly more subdued Rhyodomo boots borrow that same durability—they’re made from a heavy-duty leather coated in Gore-Tex—while mixing in more conventional winter-ready flourishes (think metal clasps, large lugs for traction) in a shoe that’s made for moving in confidence no matter how bad the weather gets.
Terrex Free Hiker Shoes
Lest you forget the Three Stripes, Adidas’ outdoors-oriented line of trail-ready gear has you more than covered come winter. The brand’s Terrex hiker shoe boasts a water-repellent textile upper with abrasion-resistant weldings and a speciality rubber outsole for added grip even in the wettest conditions.
Yeezy 500 High Sneakers
A riff on the unabashedly chunky silhouette the brand introduced a year earlier, the Yeezy 500 High levels up accordingly, adding a neoprene base and sturdy leather overlays to help transform a low top style into one of the beefiest sneakerboots in the whole damn biz.
Kaha Gore-Tex Sneakers
Hoka’s been making some of the sturdiest footwear around since the brand was founded. Its Kaha GTX style—a Gore-Tex wrapped, fully waterproof silhouette with a high-traction Vibram outsole—will keep your feet comfortable and dry regardless of the conditions.
Snowcross Advanced Sneakers
If you don’t already have a pair of Salomons in your regular rotation, now’s the time to correct your mistake—and a mistake it is. The brand’s Snowcross Advanced style blends the best of what the French sports label has to offer—trail-ready construction wrapped in the type of sleek silhouette capital-F fashion fans can’t get enough of—with speciality winter-ready details including a fully waterproof shell sure to keep your feet dry come hell or (very) high water.
Niobium 3-in-1 Hiking Boots
New Balance’s smash-hit collaboration with Snow Peak, connoisseurs of thoughtfully-made outdoors gear, set the internet abuzz when pictures of the zip-off style hit the web earlier this year. Crafted with camp fishing in mind, the silhouette blends tactical design details with NB’s considerable sneaker prowess in a silhouette that—for once—more than lives up to the hype.
Neighborhood x Danner Fullbore Boots
Japanese label Neighborhood lends its eye for understated street-ready designs to Danner’s tactical Fullbore style, a sneaker-inspired silhouette that blends durable, water-resistant suede uppers with a sturdy Vibram sole underfoot.
Lace-Up Ankle Boots
A boot that looks more like an all black AF1 means only one thing: the streets are about to get pummeled. Winter is no match.
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Source : Esquire