Best Athletic Shoes for Fall and Winter

Your Fall and Winter Sports Gear Guide

Athletes (and parents) know that fall brings more than pumpkins and apples; it’s the time of year when sports practices and games kick into high gear. Inevitably, that sparks a need for new shoes. Since happy, healthy feet can make the difference between a good season and a great one, it’s well worth investing in a top-quality pair. 

To streamline your search, we’ve gathered our winning picks for many popular fall and winter sports, along with some pointers on key features to look out for. Let the games begin! 

Best Basketball Shoes
Ankle support, pivot-friendly soles, and firm lateral structure are must-haves for a safe, comfy basketball shoe. And if it scores major style points, even better

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Fila Torranado EVO Women's Basketball Shoe
The Fila brand is known for blending great looks with top-ranking performance — and this pair pretty much sums that up. A synthetic leather and mesh upper provides the firm lateral support you need for quick moves on the court, without any extra weight to slow you down. Plenty of cushioning at the collar and tongue keep ankles feeling strong and energized, even through long practices and late games. Plus, we can’t take our eyes off this cool modern gray-and-rainbow color scheme. Shop Now

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Nike Precision III Men's Basketball Shoe
Our top b-ball pick for student athletes, this pair hits all the key performance features, but is still totally versatile (read: great to wear off-the-court when the season ends). A secure fit is essential for a high-action sport, and this shoe delivers with eyelets that extend all the way up the collar for maximum adjustability. Multi-directional traction promises an easy flow through quick cuts and pivots, with plenty of grip but no drag. Game ON! Shop Now

Best Cross-Country Shoes
Fall’s the season for putting on serious miles — so lightweight support and high-quality materials are the name of the game. 
Saucony Cohesion 13 Women’s Running Shoe
This Saucony workhorse isn’t the fanciest running shoe you can find, but you can’t beat the quality for the value. With a lightweight mesh/synthetic upper, advanced VERSARUN cushioning, and a flexible-yet-stable segmented outsole, it covers the fundamentals flawlessly. Plus, we love Saucony’s roomy toe box for keeping blisters at bay during serious training. Shop Now

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Asics Gel Ziruss 3 Men’s Athletic Sneaker
Did you know Asics was a pioneer in gel cushioning technology? They’re still among the best when it comes to manufacturing supportive, shock-absorbing footwear that stands up to the toughest training schedule. We picked this pair for its FluidRide midsole and rearfoot GEL cushioning system that work together for maximum comfort and endurance. Shop Now

Best Football Cleats
While football cleats come in low, mid and high-top styles, we recommend a high-top choice for younger players, whose growing bodies can benefit from the added stability and protection. 
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Under Armour Highlight Cleats
This lightweight cleat is game-ready for players in any position. Innovative CompFit ankle construction provides solid support without any clumsy bulk, while a high-rebound SuperFoam insole absorbs impact for safety and comfort. In other words, this pair won’t quit until the clock runs out. Shop Now

Best Volleyball Shoes
While advanced adult players may opt for specialized volleyball shoes, a well chosen pair of running shoes is a fine, versatile option for students. Look for lightweight materials and plenty of lateral support.

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Asics Gel-Venture 7 Women’s Athletic Shoe
Lightweight and supportive, this style is right at home on the court — especially since its pale-colored outsole meets most requirements for a “non-marking” shoe. Key for volleyball specifically, a patented ORTHOLITE™ interior sock liner molds to a custom fit that won’t budge, even with the fanciest footwork. Shop Now

Adidas Lite Racer Reborn Men’s Running Shoe
While technically a running shoe, this pair checks the boxes that matter most for recreational volleyball: lightweight construction, supportive upper, and non-marking sole. And don’t let the streamlined silhouette fool you: these Adidas offer tons of cushioning thanks to a special Ortholite Float insole and Cloudfoam midsole. Shop Now

Best All-Around Athletic Shoe
We know sports and fitness fans come in every variety — including those who dabble in many sports, or no particular sport at all. Sometimes a really great all-around sneaker is exactly what you need.

Reebok Club MEMT Women’s Sneaker

Score cushiony comfort, reliable traction, AND style for miles with a classic bright-white Reebok. Equally known for looks and performance, Reebok rides the white sneaker fashion trend while also delivering premium leather construction that’ll hold up — and clean up — through the fall season and beyond. Shop Now

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New Balance MX608V5 USA Men’s Athletic Shoe
Meet a versatile favorite that’s  ready for the court, the field… or the classroom. We like the densely padded collar for comfy all-day wear, and the cushioned insole and durable rubber outsole for sports of all kinds. With fun graphic red, white, and blue styling, this is truly a sneaker that goes anywhere. Shop Now

When temperatures go down, the energy goes UP for athletes nationwide. Luckily, these styles hold the key to sports success, no matter the game of choice. And once the gear problems are solved, you can sit back, relax, and cheer. Everybody wins!