Sneakers in the Snow- XWHY Edit

So like, apparently, this Winter in the UK is going to be mental. Granted, the meteorologists pretty much say this every year, but apparently 2013-14’s coldest season is going to be “exceptionally severe”, with frostbite temperatures and an unhealthy level of snowfall. Great.

With this in mind, we’ve put together our “snow sneakers” edit – a look at some of the footwear out there that will give you a bit of extra warmth, support and traction in icier, snowier conditions, whilst still retaining a bit of swagger.

The Vans Half Cab

Steve Caballero’s second signature shoe, the “half-cab”, is designed to give you more ankle flex and support. Sure, supposedly this is to help you nail a Fakie 360 Ollie or whatever, but it’s probably good in treacherous commuting conditions too… These are the Ballistic, Wild Dove variety – other colourways are available.

Vans-Half-Cab-Ballistic-Wild-Dove-FrontAvailable at the Skate Hut – £59.95

Nike Air Max 90 Sneakerboot

You might have noticed from our Instagram feed on on our Facebook page, but XWHY’s Mike and Tash attended the London launch of the Nike Sneakerboot collection. It might have had something to do with the free-flowing booze, or the fact that acclaimed rapper Mikill Pane was there in a pair that he’d already nabbed for himself, but we found ourselves falling for the Air Max 90 variation.

Designed to be a cross between a sneaker and a hiking boot, these are bound to give you a bit of grip in the snow.Nike Air Max 90 Sneakerboot XWHYAvailable at – £115

Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85

Now, these shoes are the biznizz. Designed to scale the toughest of terrains, these are trail shoes, for athletes who like it hard-core. Or, for those of you just trying to nip down the road in a blizzard.

Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85Available at Urban Industry in grey/green – £69.99

Reebok x Atmos Classic Leather Mid R12

Um, it looks a bit like a hiking boot? Also, it’s got a handy cammo pannel, just in case you find yourself needing to hide from the abominable snowman, or something… AND it has apparently got glow-in-the-dark bits too, in case your snow chains fail and you need to use your feel to hail down a rescue wagon from the side of the motorway.

Reebok Atmos Classic leather XWHYAvailable at Crooked Tongues – £109

New Balance x Herschel Supply Co. H710HST

A collab between one of the best classic American sneaker companies and outdoorsy guys Herschel sees this multi-terrain offering. The sturdy rubber sole with give you grip while the nylon, suede and mesh uppers will keep you supported and toasty.

New Balance Herschel supply H710 XWHY MagazneAvailable at Karmaloop – $100

Adidas x Opening Ceremony Enforcer Rock

So, essentially, you won’t need these unless you are actually planning on scaling an urban glacier (The Shard?!). But we thought we’d throw them in there in case any of you were feeling particularly extreme.

These puppies were designed with climbing in mind and, as such, have particularly robust construction and lacing.

Adidas opening ceremony enforcer rockAvailable at The End – £175


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