Shoes and sneakers for when the weather gets bleaker

Feature Photo By: Yucheng Zhang – Senior Spencer Reagan showing off his Jordan 1’s. Reagan enjoys these particular shoes immensely, and plans to utilize them throughout the fall.

By: Yucheng Zhang, Review Staff

With the fall season starting and winter trailing not too far behind and just recently having our first snow storm, people are taking out their winter coats and are tucking away their sandals and jogging sneakers in exchange for boots and high tops. However, you shouldn’t let the weather stop you from having the cleanest wardrobe at school. So here’s a list of the top 6 shoes and sneakers that will keep you comfortable and stylish throughout fall and winter.

For some, seeing the summer slip away may have been dreadful. For others, the colder weather may have been highly anticipated and welcomed. The season looks promising for many shoe enthusiasts, with a number of new (and old) sneakers that are critical for complimenting your sleek winter outfits. Lace up: here’s a list of must-have shoes for your 2017 fall/winter sneaker rotation.

 

 

Adidas UltraBoost All Terrain (Core Black)

Ultra Boosts were one of the top picks this summer, and are still a great choice for when the weather gets colder.

Price – $220

Although a bit pricier, the reigning champion from the summer sneakers is back, with its brand new “All Terrain” models that are more suitable for harsher weather conditions and perfect for the wet and the cold. Adidas kept their sleek and stylish design without sacrificing outstanding comfort and premium materials. Built with ultra-cushioned boost™ and a primeknit upper, the shoe adapts to your foot for maximum comfort and a clean feel. The shoe feels flexible, adaptive, and breathes very easily while also keeping your feet dry in wetter conditions. Adidas kept the Continental™ Rubber outsole, meaning the shoe is still perfect for workouts and training, but are also a dope option for casual wear.

Pros:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Adaptive material to fit the foot perfectly

Cons:

  • Expensive – Dropping $220 on a pair of sneakers will hurt
  • Not the most stylish pair of sneakers on this list

You can pick up a pair of these sneakers here.

 

Nike Air Force 1 High (White/White)

The Nike Air Force 1’s are a very stylish and clean pick for the upcoming winter season.

Price – $100

The Nike Air Force 1 Highs are another shoe from the summer list. These shoes will hold up perfectly — and stylishly — in the colder season. You can’t go wrong with a new pair of White Uptowns, with a crisp and classic look that will have heads turning at every corner, even in the snow. Made with genuine leather and accompanied with lightweight cushioning, the Air Force 1’s are a comfortable and classy pick to accommodate your fall/winter wardrobe. This shoe has a leather strap and solid leather upper for maximum support, with perforations that will let your feet breathe while keeping them warm. The sneaker has a full length PU midsole with sensational cushioning and an irresistible look, and the iconic aesthetic of this shoe is well respected by many.

Junior Chris Polton, who owns a pair, stated, “They’re a classic silhouette and the all-white pair is a must have. You always gotta keep them fresh because they’re not a shoe you should tell a story with. They always got to be in pristine condition.”

Pros:

  • Very stylish
  • Genuine leather materials

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Stain easily

Check out these kicks here.

 

Vans Sk8-HI (White/Black)

The Vans Sk8-Hi bring back the classic look while still providing a high cut for any weather conditions.

Price – $65

Just because winter is approaching doesn’t mean you have to lose the classic Vans that you wore throughout the summer season. The Vans Sk8-HI are the perfect replacement while you put your “Old Skools” in your closet for the colder weather. This lace up high top is inspired by classic designs, a timeless sneaker with a higher cut that will protect your feet from any weather conditions. These sneakers come with a durable suede upper with padded ankle support that adds comfort and style to these outstanding kicks. The standout feature of the shoe is the design, with a sleek and fashionable appearance that will match perfectly with almost every outfit imaginable. For extra durability and cushioning, you can upgrade to the Sk8-HI Pro, which will run you an extra $5. These are a classic go-to sneaker for any occasion.

“OG vans, you could never go wrong,” said junior Kahlil Brown.

Pros:

  • Cheap! Cheapest shoes on the list, which don’t sacrifice comfort and style for the price tag
  • Classic and stylish design, fits most outfits

Cons:

  • Not the most comfortable
  • Heavier and stay wet for longer

Cop them here.

 

UGG Classic II Short (Chestnut)

Uggs are very popular and comfortable.

Price – $160

UGG’s Classic Short II has become a distinguished fashion icon of casual comfort and style. For you girls out there (or guys), it’s time to hang up your Birkenstocks: it’s UGG season! Using twinface suede, these shoes are built with soft-touch premium and durable materials that are undeniably comfortable. With a sheepskin insole, these shoes keep you warm and cozy during the bitter winter cold. UGG’s newer technology allows these shoes to be resistant to water and stains – perfect for the wetter sweater weather. With their Treadlite™ sole, these shoes provide a surprising amount of cushioning to accompany their style. These shoes are an exceptional pick for a pair of trendy and comfy shoes, and are critical for any winter/fall shoe rotation.

As sophomore Nevaeh Zilka puts it, “They’re sensible shoes for winter but they can get wet easily from snow. They definitely have more advantages in looks then in practicality.”

Pros:

  • Remarkably comfortable with premium materials
  • Water and stain resistant for harsher weather conditions

Cons:

  • Some believe they sacrifice style for comfort
  • Flat sole, lacks a little bit of support

You can see them here.

 

Timberland 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boots (Rust Nubuck)

The rust-colored Timbs are a very solid pick for the colder season.

Price – $190

Timbs are definitely a good pick when it comes to winter shoes, an aspect of your wardrobe that can either made or break your outfit. The way you style this shoe is critical, being that these shoes are very eye catching and it is crucial that they match your outfit. Made with premium nubuck leather, these boots offer a solid amount of support while also being water proof – perfect for the fall and winter weathers, especially in Colorado. The shoe also adds a padded collar for extra support and style that keep your feet feeling snug and in style. You can make these shoes look great with jeans and a jacket for a stylish casual look.

Junior Pharoah Moss commented about these shoes, saying, “Timbs are fresh, you can never go wrong with them, especially in the winter.”

Pros:

  • Anti-fatigue sole for great foot support
  • Very durable and built with premium leather

Cons:

  • Heavy, weighing in at over 1 pound per boot
  • Can be too bold or eye catching if it doesn’t fit the outfit

Check these out over here

 

Air Jordan 1 Retro (Royal)

Here, the are the Jordan 1 Royals. This is among the most popular colorways for this shoe.

Price – $180

Jordan 1’s are a satisfying sneaker and a dope pick for any wardrobe of any season. Constructed with leather, the shoe has an outstanding premium feel that offers both comfort and durability. The rubber cupsole provides sufficient cushioning and support, while still allowing the sneaker to be flexible and breathable. With its high collar, there is superb ankle support that protects you from many wet weather conditions. Nike recently made a flyknit version of the Jordan 1 Royals, keeping the same sleek design but incorporating lightweight flyknit material to add to the comfort and flexibility of the shoe. When copping a pair of these sneakers, not only are you buying a shoe, you’re buying an icon.

Pros:

  • Sleek and stylish; a number of different colorways to pick from
  • Iconic, recognized everywhere

Cons:

  • Take care of your shoes! (durability)
  • Not waterproof

You can pick up a pair of the flyknit ‘royals’ here.

 

 

Sneakers are a critical part of every outfit. Make sure you have the right sneakers and you will be comfy and trendy all throughout this fall and winter season.

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