For many, winter is a time when form lags behind function, particularly on the footwear front.

But don’t panic, it’s not all heavy boots and thick socks for the next six months. Though, a few smart choices can help kick the cold months in the snowballs.

Take Converse. Fresh off battering down the hatches with its element-repelling Counter Climate Shield collection, the brand has developed its first fully waterproof sneaker.

The Converse Chuck II is made from premium mesh-backed leather and features a scuba-style neoprene inner sleeve to keep water out while acting as a 360-degree heat barrier.

Add to that a rugged gum outsole with deep grooves for better traction and a Nike Lunarlon foot bed for enhanced cushioning, and what you have is a pretty stylish way of keeping your trotters away from trench foot in, even the harshest conditions.

The Converse Chuck II boot is available at Available at Converse, priced £95.