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  • #16
    Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
    Plus they look totally normal.
    I just got Merrell Pace Gloves. They are more insulating than my vibrams, but mainly I like not needing to explain my shoes to five different people everytime I leave the house.

    The Merrell trail ones look great for winter- I believe they have gore-tex. I wish Merrell made a thicker barefoot option for women though....

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    • #17
      Interesting how our views are all over the place. I personally find the Vivo Barefoot Dharmas less comfortable than the Merrell True Gloves (the ones with the synthetic leather). The vibram outer sole on the Merrells is definitely thicker than the outer sole on the Vivos. Neither is particularly waterproof or warm. I ride my bike to the subway many days in my work clothes and the Vivos are horrible for biking with my feet slipping right off the pedals, especially if just a tiny bit wet. I'd say the Vivos have to be about the worst shoe ever for bike riding, for that reason I keep them at work and only slip them on there, a bit disappointed in them actually. I think the toe box is a bit shorter than advertised too although one of my feet is a bit larger than the other and it bumps up against the toe box slightly.

      Oddly the Merrells are relatively warm when you are using them outside because when walking you are getting blood flowing to your feet which increases circulation and warmth. I have found though that if I am outside and just standing around or not very active, then they don't keep my feet very warm, the synthetic leather is thin. I may have to spring for some Steger Mukluks this winter.

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      • #18
        Merrell barefoot train contour glove - waterproof pigskin leather. I bought a pair of the black ones and I've been wearing them to work, with pants. They have the same sole as the other Merrell barefoots, but don't feel as flexible, but I think it's due to the stiffer leather uppers. They're a little pricey but I like them.

        Womens Barefoot Contour Glove Shoes - Official Merrell Online Store

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        • #19
          Someone on here mentioned sealskinz waterproof socks last year. They also have waterproof / cold weather socks. I bought a pair and couldn't be happier. Will keep your feet warm and dry regardless of the type of shoes you have. For footwear - I've noticed lots of seemingly comfortable shoes/boots on the market lately. As long as you can spread your toes and the soles are flexible and not like bricks - they should work fine.

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          • #20
            Just looking for options when I found this thread. When I get the money, I'm going to get a pair of these Thula Thulas: Minimalist Footwear From Russell For Natural Barefoot-Type Running and Walking

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            • #21
              Just wanted to put a good word in for the Vibram bormios.

              I, for one, enjoy having freaky monkey feet
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                Just wanted to put a good word in for the Vibram bormios.

                I, for one, enjoy having freaky monkey feet
                I love having monkey feet...
                But I'm still glad to live where real cold isn't an issue.
                My "cold weather shoes" are KSO Treks.

                Primal cold weather options...
                Hard to see in this pic, but Cody Lundin thinks that shorts and a couple of pairs of wool socks are the answer.
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                • #23
                  I'm looking for a winter hiking boot, and right now I'm thinking wool socks, thick felt boot liner, and insulated NEOS overboots
                  "Its not about how strong you are, its how well you can move with that strength."

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                  • #24
                    Anyone have a good idea on a Primal-ish dress shoe? I would be willing to pay good money for a pair.

                    Size 14 or 15 US depending on the make.

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                    • #25
                      I had a rather wet time of it over winter, I have KSO Trek Sports which I love, except when I walk to work and it is or has been raining and spent a day with soggy tootsies. Would be interested next year getting a pair of something waterproof but minimalist too, ended up often walking in my crocks then changing at work. But as I am from the southern hemisphere we are heading into summer now so warmer dryer weather and feet (hahaha)

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                      • #26
                        I hope my vibram boots (see avatar) will do. I only bought them this summer, so no idea if they will withstand the cold. I have greased them with beeswax, so a bit of rain should be no problem. I also bought lot of socks with separate toes to go in the vibrams.

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                        • #27
                          Could some one tell me if vibrams would work for me? I'm missing the better part of my big toe on the left foot. I would have to order them online so I can't try them out at a store. I'm just wondering. I've gone barefoot most of my life when possible so I'm very interested in these. Thanks!
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                          • #28
                            I bought one of these kits (the cheaper version from Michael's for $15) and did it up with suede lacing instead of the lame shoelaces that came with it. (I also ripped out the crappy insole it came with.) I'll hit the bottoms with beeswax and let y'all know how they do. I think with thick socks they should get me through winter.
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by meeme View Post
                              Could some one tell me if vibrams would work for me? I'm missing the better part of my big toe on the left foot. I would have to order them online so I can't try them out at a store. I'm just wondering. I've gone barefoot most of my life when possible so I'm very interested in these. Thanks!
                              From what I understand, you'd have some problems with rubbing and possibly keeping them on. Most people missing bits of toe do.
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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                                From what I understand, you'd have some problems with rubbing and possibly keeping them on. Most people missing bits of toe do.
                                That's what I was thinking. Thanks!
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