What to Look For
Running in the winter is different than running in other seasons, especially if you run in a place that has a lot of ice or snow. Look for winter running shoes that offer motion control and superior traction to avoid slipping. It is a bonus if the shoes are also waterproof. Also, look for shoes with arch and ankle support--just like in a normal running shoe. "Runner’s World" magazine recommends the Nike Cesium 2 running shoe for winter runs. This shoe reduces overpronating and provides motion control that makes winter runs safer. "Runner’s World" also recommends the Ryka MC2 Run shoe because of its simultaneous flexibility and support. According to the Trail Running Soul website, the Pearl Izumi Syncroseek III WRX is one of the best winter running shoes.
Although winter running is often different, it is unlikely you will be running on actual snow or soggy ground. Most cities clear roads and tracks in the winter, providing a somewhat smooth surface to run on. There is no need to purchase shoes with spikes or cleats for winter running. A shoe that offers superior traction is enough. Shoes that are not waterproof likely will cause runs that end in soaked feet, so try to purchase shoes with this feature, if possible.
Where to Buy
Purchase winter running shoes from the same store where you purchase your regular running shoes. You can purchase them directly from the manufacturer, or from an athletic shoe store. Foot Locker offers many high quality brands for all-season running. REI also offers a large selection of shoe brands, including Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Pearl Izumi and Ryka.
Expect to pay at least $100 for a quality winter running shoe. The features necessary to provide a safe run in the winter will drive up the cost of the shoe. It may be possible to find shoes for less at some discount stores, or at retail stores during a sale. The Nike Cesium 2 costs around $120 in 2010. The Ryka MC2 Run costs around $90. The Pearl Izumi Syncroseek III WRX costs about $130, depending on the location.