The ShoeBuy Ultimate Running Guide for Winter

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Though it was certainly a little delayed this year, there’s no denying that winter is here. While a blanket of snow can be pretty, if you enjoy running outside for exercise, this can be an unwelcome reality (especially at 6 AM). Once the sidewalks are cleared, though, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the crisp air, just as long as you’re prepared from head to toe.

Running Shoes

For running shoes, look for breathable, moisture-wicking linings to keep feet cool and dry and a blown rubber sole to keep you steady on slippery surfaces. A running shoe that uses foam cushioning rather than mechanical will give you that extra pep in your step, which is especially important during the winter months when the ground is cold and hard.

Warm Running Clothing & Accessories

Before heading out the door, make sure you’ve layered on the proper protection. On top, choose a base layer of Merino wool that will keep you warm while still providing great breathability. Pair it with a zip-up – water-resistant for wet days and fleece-lined for the biting cold – to insulate and block out wind. On bottom, full-length pants (whether we’re talking compression tights or sweatpants – or better yet, both!) are the way to go. Remember: exposed skin is cold skin. Pile on those accessories – socks, hats, scarves – and don’t forget a pair of e-tip gloves so you can change the song on your playlist without missing a beat.

A winter jog can be refreshing, and especially after days on end cooped up indoors, sometimes a blast of cold air is just what the doctor ordered. However, if you are going to venture out, the proper gear is essential to your health and safety. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: layer! You want to be able to move freely but also shield your body from the harsh conditions, so look for materials that promote ventilation and will keep you warm, but aren’t too bulky.

Looking for more running shoe recommendations and workout apparel inspiration? Be sure to check out these Fitness Must-Haves for ’16!

The Top Layer: Fleece Favorites for Fall

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Can you believe it’s already fall? The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and the pumpkin spiced lattes are aplenty. Fall can be a tricky season though, and we’re not talking Halloween. Cool mornings, warm afternoons, and brisk evenings can make getting dressed for the day a curious task, as it’s sometimes difficult to prepare for the sudden changes in temperature that can occur. Thankfully, the practical solution in this situation is also a cute one (and not to mention, cozy): fleece!

We’ve gathered our top 5 fleece favorites for both women and men that are sure to become transitional staples in your closet this fall. Whether you’re headed out for an afternoon of apple picking, going for a run, or finding the early morning commute a little chilly, there’s a fleece for you.

Casual Cool

Grabbing coffee with a friend or checking out the new museum downtown? These his and hers fleeces from Merrell might be fuzzy, but they have the right amount of tailoring that you won’t leave you feeling under-dressed.

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Merrell Soleil Mixer Redux | Merrell Big Sky

Classic

Sometimes, classic is best, and in this case, is sure to keep you warm. These familiar styles are timeless favorites with their pullover designs that block out cold without adding too much bulk. Plus, they’re made with recycled materials for an eco-friendly bonus.

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Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover | The North Face Denali Jacket

Viva la Vest!

Vests are tried-and-true, and for good reason, too. Not totally convinced you need a coat but afraid you might get cold? Layer on a vest! This style provides the perfect amount of warmth without the restriction of a thicker jacket, so a vest is a great option if your plans involve a bit of movement.

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Royal Robbins Snow Wonder Vest | Mountain Hardwear Desna Grid Vest

Active Styling

Whether your activity of choice is a jog around the neighborhood or an afternoon hike through the woods, you really can’t beat this weather when it comes to outdoor exercise: not too hot, not too cold, it’s just right (where have we heard that before?). That being said, you often want an outer layer to protect you from the sun and wind that won’t weigh you down. A fitted jacket made with stretch fleece adds just the right amount of insulation for an active fall day enjoyed outside, and the unique grid pattern on this Mountain Hardware zip-up provides added warmth without becoming restrictive.

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Mountain Hardwear  Monkey Woman Grid II Jacket | Marmot Stretch Fleece Jacket

Comfy & Transitional

While all these picks are totally comfortable, we think these two take the cake for transitioning from inside to out with a bit of added style. The long funnel collar on this Royal Robbins number makes it like the cool older sister to your typical hoodie sweatshirt, while the lightweight fleece for men gives an effortless look with its clean lines and tailored fit.

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Royal Robbins Acadia Fleece Jacket | Helly Hansen Daybreaker 1/2 Zip Fleece

This fall, ShoeBuy’s got you covered. Prepare for the cooler weather by layering on your favorite fleece and enjoy all that this season has to offer. Now that’s a treat.

Outfit Inspiration: Fleece & Layering

It’s layering season and we love it. One of our favorite things about layering is that it can bring together totally different looks. And of course, while the days may still be sunny and bright, crisp mornings and cool evenings mean it’s time to break out our favorite layering essential: fleece! When it comes to a warming layer, it doesn’t get much better than fleece’s soft coziness, plus it offers some of wool’s finest qualities at a fraction of the weight. Here’s a little inspiration to layer up in style.

Fleece and Layers - Outfits Inspiration

 

GET THE LOOK
1. Prana Chrissa Top

2. The North Face Osito Fleece & Patagonia Better Sweater Vest

3. Geranium Infinity Scarf & Rockport Bootie