Here's a List of Weatherproof Shoes That Can Bear the Chicago Weather

The rain, cold, and imminent Chicago snow shouldn’t stop you from running outside.

Whether you’re training for a winter race or just enjoy running outside, we have the shoes to keep your feet comfortable despite the sleet, slush, rain, or snow. While no shoe can be completely waterproof, here is a collection of brands who make water resistant models of some of their most popular shoes.

Saucony

Once again, Saucony’s line-up of winter running shoes will keep you comfortable when the thermometer drops.

Saucony Peregrine 7 ICE+

Water Resistant: Yes

Starting with Saucony, the Saucony Peregrine 7 ICE+, is designed specifically for winter running. You’ll find the Vibram Arctic Grip outsole material provides unparalleled traction on ice, snow, and slippery surfaces. Pair that with the FlexShell upper that keeps your feet warm and dry and you get the perfect shoe for cold-weather running. The Peregrine 7 ICE+ is a neutral, high cushioned shoe featuring a 4mm heel-to-toe drop, 22.5mm heel stack height, 18.5mm forefoot stack height. Available at our Old Town, Lincoln Square, and South Loop stores

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Saucony Kinvara 8 Runshield

Water Resistant: No

The Kinvara 8 RunShield is one of the few lightweight shoes with weather protection. Purposeful design and an amplified underfoot sensation come together in the most energized Kinvara ever. With the addition of a full-length EVERUN Topsole, the Kinvara 8 Runshield gives back more energy with every stride while cradling the foot only where it's needed most. The FLEXSHELL upper provides weather protection and durability. The Runshield version features a digi-camo print for a sleek design. The shoe is a neutral, high cushioned shoe weighing in at just 8 ounces and features a 4mm heel-to-toe drop, a 23mm heel stack height, and a 19mm forefoot stack height.  Available at all Fleet Feet Sports Chicagoland locations.

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Saucony Ride 10 GTX 

Water Resistant: Yes

One of the most recognizable names in waterproof gear, Gore-Tex, teamed up with Saucony to make the Ride 10 GTX to provide unmatched protection from the elements. The Ride 10 is one of industry leading neutral, moderately cushioned running shoes on the market so it's only right to add Gore-Tex technology. Featuring Gore-Tex's newest InvisibleFit lining technology, you’ll get the unmatched breathable, waterproof protection in a more flexible package. Unlike the previous two Saucony models featured above, the Ride 10 GTX uses an 8mm heel-to-toe drop making it ideal for higher mileage but it comes with a bit more weight at 9.5 oz.  Available at all Fleet Feet Sports Chicagoland locations.

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Mizuno

For the second year in a row, Mizuno’s Wave Rider gets a premium Gore-Tex lining for all-weather protection.

Mizuno Rider 21 GTX

Water Resistant: Yes

The Mizuno Rider 21 GTX provides reliable cushioning with a responsive ride. It is a neutral daily trainer that can handle any distance. As the non-weatherproof version also does, the Mizuno Rider 21 features a springy CloudWave Plate as well as a U4icX heel wedge, the shoe provides a firmer cushioned feel with a slightly softer step in experience. A new premium sockliner further enhances step in comfort while an updated GTX upper offers water resistance. This is a neutral shoe with moderate cushioning. Available at our Old Town, Lincoln Square, South Loop, Elmhurst, and Oak Park locations.

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adidas

The new Ultra Boost ATR is a mid-top version of the Ultra Boost running shoe with new weatherized technology in its construction.

adidas Ultra Boost ATR

Water Resistant: Yes

A water-repellent adidas Primeknit upper wraps your foot in support and comfort. A high collar offers extra coverage and stability in the ankle, and a flexible gridlike outsole adapts to your touchdown while securing a firm grip, wet or dry. Pair that with the Boost midsole which absorbs the power from your footstrike to release it at push-off, propelling you forward. The Boost midsole is also temperature-resistant so you get still get a soft feel, even if the temperature is below freezing.

Also new is the female specific adidas Ultra Boost X ATR. The "X" model uses the same technology as the men's version above with a floating arch, which offers personalized, gender-specific response to the way you move. Both of these models are available at our Old Town & South Loop locations.

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Nike

Year after year Nike’s Shield Pack delivers the goods to cope with the brutal conditions of winter running in the Midwest with grippy, high-abrasion outsoles for slick surfaces along with DWR-coated uppers with internal water-resistant booties to keep you warm in the worst of winter. The Shield Pack includes Nike's always-popular neutral shoe, the Pegasus 34 and their stability running shoe, the Structure 20.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

Water Resistant: Yes

Made for rainy days, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Shield Men's Running Shoe features an updated, lighter Flymesh material with a water-repellent finish. The tried and true cushioning and support runners have come to love remains. The one-piece Flymesh fabric upper has a DWR (durable, water-repellent) finish to help keep water out. It's still lightweight and breathable to help keep your feet from overheating. 

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Nike Air Zoom Structure 20

For those who need a little more stability in their running shoe, the Structure 20 Shield is the choice for you with a Zoom Air midsole and dual-density Dynamic Support for a stable ride, while the weather-resistant upper keeps you dry when the going gets snowy or slushy. The same weather resistant technology used in the above Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Shield is used in this shoe. Available at all Fleet Feet Sports Chicagoland locations, this is the only stability weatherproof shoe we offer.  

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Brooks

Last, but not least, one of the most popular running shoes in our stores, the Brooks Ghost 10 gets a Gore-Tex upper.

Brooks Ghost 10 GTX

You won’t even notice the Gore-Tex material in the Ghost 10 GTX, that’s how flexible it is. With the same midsole and outsole technology as the normal Brooks Ghost 10, the addition of Gore-Tex makes this a top-choice for running outside in all conditions.

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