Wintertime can be a sneaker lover’s worst nightmare. Truth of the matter is, many of today’s popular mesh and knit designs simply aren’t built to keep feet warm against biting winds and chilly temperatures. Thankfully, however, a range of brands are using wool in their kicks for a cozy solution. Not only is wool insulating, but it also has a range of other benefits, too. First off, the material helps regulate your body temperature and is naturally moisture-wicking, which will help prevent feet from overheating and sweating. It also has antimicrobial properties and is super lightweight for convenient packing. And in case you need any more convincing, many wool sneakers are machine washable, making it easy to keep them clean.
Ready to try a pair for yourself? We’ve done the shopping for you and rounded up some of our favorite wool sneakers for men perfect for travel or everyday leisurely activities. Shop them all below.
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Allbirds Wool Runners
Arguably the most popular wool style to hit the market in recent years, Allbirds’ Wool Runners feature soft merino wool in the upper and insole for all-over comfort. The laces are also made from recycled plastic bottles for an eco-friendly touch.
Cole Haan GrandPrø Tennis Sneaker
These sporty oxford-style sneakers can work effortlessly with jeans or slacks. They also match responsive cushioning with a flexible outsole designed to mimic the foot’s natural motion.
Babuuk Sky Wooler
Designed in Switzerland, Babuuk’s laidback Sky Wooler is made with 100% sustainable wool and includes elastic laces for easy on and off access.
Hoka One One Hupana Flow Wool
This wool-polyester blend style from Hoka One One has a lot to offer, from no-tie laces and a plush foam midsole to the brand’s Meta-Rocker technology for smooth heel to toe transitions.
Converse Boucle Wool Chuck 70
Chuck Taylor fans will rejoice over this classic style done in wool with a cozy fleece lining.
LeMouton Classic Unisex Wool Shoes
Lesser-known wool-centric brand LeMouton also offers a noteworthy take on the look. The label’s sneakers are made with 70% Australian merino wool and 30% wool for cozy comfort. Plus, they’re designed to be super lightweight and stable thanks to grippy non-slip outsoles.
OluKai Manoa Hulu
Olukai’s sneaker features a boat-shoe like silhouette and leather accents for subtle preppy vibes.
Dr. Scholl’s Sync
Combining the comfort of a sneaker with the look of an oxford, you’ll practically want to live in this classy style from Dr. Scholl’s.
Sperry Captain’s CVO Wool
This option from Sperry features a premium wool upper to lock in heat, as well as a soft, abrasion-resistant lining to prevent blisters and itching (after all, some wool materials can be itchy). Nab this style in a handful of seasonal hues, like burgundy to help break up all the blacks and grays in your closet.
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