For most of us, winter means cold, wet weather. Water, snow and salt are all culprits for ruining shoes, turning your previously clean, white sneakers or perfectly polished dress shoes into wet sopping messes.  The practical among us turn to boots for these gloomier months, but for some that just won’t fly  they’d rather have a pair of winter-ready sneakers, like the Etnies Winterized Collection.

Etnies makes casual streetwear and skateboarding shoes, and the Winterized Collection stays true to that heritage; the Harrison HTW, for example, is a classic hi-top sneaker, but one prepared for winter wear. It uses a Faux-Vulc cupsole construction with a pure gum rubber outsole that doesn’t freeze until very, very low temperatures – though they don’t say what temperatures that actually is. The outsole also has reverse lugs for increased traction on wet or icy surfaces, which are usually in abundance come winter time.

Freeze-resistant rubber isn’t the only thing these shoes offer to prepare for winter; the suede leather and textile upper is coated with 3M Scotchguard to repel water and stains when traversing through wet, wintry conditions. Inside, a layer of 3M Thinsulate and microfleece keep the chill off your feet – a common complaint of ours when wearing sneakers in sub-freezing temperatures. Microfleece is also quick-drying for when water does manage to get in. The tongue is gusseted, and a Foam Lite 1 Insole ensures there’s some comfortable spring in your step.

For something more athletic, look at the Cyprus SCW 32. It’s got all the same winterizing, but also has a Michelin outsole built for ice and Lycra inner sock for comfortable, quick-drying fit.

Etnies Winter Collection may not be anything new on the style-front, but if you’d like to keep your feet warm and dry all winter long while maintaining that casual style, we don’t think you can go wrong; you might just put them to good use now.

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