Montrail's Hurricane Ridge shoes ($115) are an excellent all-around shoe for winter use, with stretchable Gore-Tex inserts for waterproofing and comfort, a sturdy polyurethane midsole, and grippy lug design. They're a lot of shoe, but I think just the ticket for winter use. Salomon's XA Pro GTXs ($120) have an EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, a chemically formulated foam for shock absorption) midsole, which will yield a slightly softer ride than polyurethane. For a little less money, New Balance's 806 shoes ($85) dispense with the waterproof liner and use water-resistant construction of synthetic leather and mesh. Trail shoes are typically firmer than regular road shoes, so you can add some cushioning by swapping out the stock insole for something like the Spenco Polysorb Insoles ($19).
Of course, the alternative is to wear a regular running shoe and waterproof your feet rather than the shoe. One way to do this is with a Gore-Tex sock, such as the Rocky Gore-Tex Oversock ($50). It has stretchy upper panels for a snug fit, while the part that goes into your shoe is non-stretch for better durability. Put on a pair of these and you can wear any shoe you want in wet weather. For fewer bucks, I also recommend the SealSkinz All-Season Socks ($29), which use waterproof-breathable technology developed by DuPont. A little bulky, but these will work very well too.
Keep on running!
Check out the REI website for the Montrail Hurricane Ridge shoes and other products recommended by the Gear Guy.
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