Some people just can’t get away from their sneakers in the winter, and if you’re one of these people, know that you don’t have to. Sneakers can look great in leggings, joggers, or even a long dress at any time of the year and will complement a parka or a long top coat perfectly.
You do have to consider your local weather, however, or you might end up with cold or wet feet. Or you could get both at the same time which is something no one wants to deal with. Let’s take a look at a few tips for looking great and comfortable in your sneakers this winter.
Start with the Right Shoes
The very first thing you should do is to make sure that you pick the right type of sneakers. Try to go with something made of leather, preferably with a thick sole.
Chunky sneakers are great for the winter because they tend to have a very thick sole and thick leather, but if you want to get top protection, you can go with something like High Tops Converse. Converse even has a line of lugged high tops that would be perfect for the season, so choose your favourite style online and pick one that would be the best fit for the type of weather where you are.
Virtually all sneakers can work for the winter depending on the conditions. But you also have to give them a little bit of help so they can withstand the elements. Things like mink oil or vaseline can prevent water from entering your sneakers if there’s some wet snow, and you should consider investing in a pair of snow grips if you intend to wear them on icy sidewalks.
You should also look for waterproofing spray. Waterproofing spray will not only block water from entering the sneakers but will make them much easier to clean too, so you won’t have to spend too much time removing salt residue on the shoes. They may also still look wearable by the end of the season.
The socks you wear will make a big difference in how much cold you can handle and how long you can stay outside in your shoes. They will also provide an additional layer of protection in case some moisture creeps in.
Here, you should get the thickest winter socks that you can find. Don’t be afraid to layer them with a light waterproof sock either. If you wear the right socks, you’ll get almost the same level of protection as you’d get with winter boots, so make this a priority and be willing to spend on high-quality socks if you want your feet to stay warm and dry.
You can also try to pull off white sneakers if you want, but there’s a strong chance that they’ll have completely changed colour after a few days out. It would be much better to go for darker colours like black, dark green, or grey if you want something that will still look OK after getting covered with sludge and mud.
Sneakers can look great no matter the time of the year. If you want to wear yours this winter, don’t let the cold or the snow stop you. Just make sure that you pick the right pair and keep a free pair of trusty boots just in case.