By Grace Gavilanes
Updated Dec 05, 2014 @ 5:49 pm
Credit: Courtesy of Purewow

Below is an excerpt from "5 Reasons You Need Different Running Shoes for Winter" which originally appeared on PureWow. Read the full story at

You switch over your wardrobe when seasons change, so why shouldn't you do the same with your running shoes?

We checked with Anne and Kate Pezalla---sisters, running coaches and owners of Lively Athletics, a women-focused fitness store in Oak Park, Illinois---and their argument makes sense to us:

Toasty ToesTypical running shoes are made to breathe. (Translation: They let in outside air.) So in freezing conditions, try an insulated, waterproof style like On Running's Cloudrunner Winter Edition.

Stability Is a MustSneakers designed for wintery conditions---like Pearl Izumi's EM Trail M2--are often more stable, with a wider base that prevents your foot or ankle from rolling too much upon impact.

Get a GripTrail shoes aren't just for hiking. Their extra-grippy soles can handle almost any kind of unpredictable terrain. Newton's Boco AT, which employs multi-directional lugs on the sole, provides extra stability in snow.

The Shoe Should FitRunning shoes should be a half size to a full size larger than street shoes. Your feet swell as you exercise, plus you need plenty of space for warmer, thicker socks. (Try these cute merino ones by Darn Tough.)

Take It FurtherIf you live in a particularly snowy or icy area, invest in Yaktraxs, which are cleverly designed coils that strap around your shoes for extra grip.