Just had the winter OEM winter rims and tires installed. In Washington, especially as I am in the lowlands, I haven't thought much about winter tires. But with the Goodyears and Fisker, I have learned to do so.
The winter rims are "OK" in my opinion, not as good looking as the regular OEM rims. However, the Yoko tires are much better in the cold weather. Global warming is effecting the PNW with colder than usual weather. The Yokos drive a bit more harshly than the Goodyears do in the warmer weather. But, the Goodyears are horrible in colder weather, and the Yokos are almost as soft as the Goodyears are in summer.
I thought, when I left the mid-west, I had left the necessity for changing rims and tires. When I lived in Wichita, I always changed tires for the winter. in Seattle, that hasn't been a required. But with global weather change and the Goodyears, I'm back into that rhythm. And although I don't like the look of the winter rims as well, the change isn't bad. Especially as my used winter set is dipped in black, it does give the car a different look.