Totally stole this one off you dav, thanks.
Sick of my inch thick soled uncomfortable as hell cold weather shoes. I need suggestions for what people wear in cold weather when seeking as little useless padding in their footwear possible. For reference, I pretty much never take my Minimus' off when it's warmer out.
I have found that the best approach to minimalist footwear in cold weather, is to make a point of being barefoot on a beach in Maui, as often as possible.
Has anyone tried Minnetonkas? Some of the boots are kind of cute: http://minnetonkamoccasin.com/CatalogMocsClogs.asp
I've been drooling at these for quite some time:
Havent tried them, tho.
Terra Plana's EVO II is great for colder weather.
Both merrell and NB have released "cold weather" versions of their very popular minimal shoes.
New Balance MO10 http://www.shopnewbalance.com/men/shoes/outdoor/multi-sport/MO10BK
and of course, there is the VFF Flow, which has been out for a while http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-Flow-Mens.htm
They're not perfect, but pretty good if you can't afford the more expensive options. My shoe requirements were 1. as minimal as possible 2. as cheap as possible 3. won't disintegrate in the constant rain we have out here.
I bought them in wide so I have a larger toe box. They have no padding. The sole is flexible. They also stretch, so after a few weeks of wearing them, they are even more comfortable. I'd buy 'em again.
Mocassins, or maybe Toms fleece lined Botas: http://www.toms.com/womens/botas/highlands-green-leopard-fleece-women-s-botas
For something warmer than Feiyues or VFFs, there's sheepskin slipper/shoes, like at http://www.kiwi-sheepskins.com/ . I have a pair of the Bootie Slippers and they are totally suitable for wearing out all day with no socks, and are extremely comfy. They're not cheap, but at half the price of SoftStars they're not overly pricey either.
If you want to take a step up to something suitable for really cold weather, you can try mukluks. The biggest two makers are Steger and Manitobah. I had some trouble finding Manitobah ones I liked (they're cheaper and have Vibram soles), so I went with the Ojibwa Short that Steger sells. These are not as minimalistic as true minimalist shoes, but much moreso than almost any winter boot in a store. You'll pay at least 160 + shipping, but they'll last. Make sure to ask for cheaper shipping if you order from them - you'll probably get it. Size up, and if your feet are wider than average get the Wide even if you don't normally wear wides.
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