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    Hey all, I have a funky foot shape that keeps me from getting into a pair of VFFs. I've been wearing a pair of Luna huaraches, but those aren't going to cut it in a few months. Are there any VFF alternatives that the folks at MDA like to employ?

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    I can't wear vffs either, but have found Run Amoks to be nicely minimalist, warm, and (a plus for me) appropriate for work.
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    • #3
      For women "moccassin" type boots were trendy last winter. I have a pair with a really flat sole, no heel. That's about as close to barefoot as I can get in the winter.
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      • #4
        You can go the cheapo route w/a pair of water shoes/pool shoes. You know, those things people wear when pool walking or doing water aerobics. I paid $25 for a pair of Teva Protons which will finally be worn out sometime this winter (2 years of wear). With a pair of warm socks inside, you are good down to zero and below. I live in Wisconsin and have found that setup to work great.

        You can check online at Swim Outlet; otherwise local sporting goods places likely have them on sale now also. I just ordered replacements for my Tevas from Swim Outlet for about $12 a pair.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by honeypig View Post
          You can go the cheapo route w/a pair of water shoes/pool shoes. You know, those things people wear when pool walking or doing water aerobics. I paid $25 for a pair of Teva Protons which will finally be worn out sometime this winter (2 years of wear). With a pair of warm socks inside, you are good down to zero and below. I live in Wisconsin and have found that setup to work great.

          You can check online at Swim Outlet; otherwise local sporting goods places likely have them on sale now also. I just ordered replacements for my Tevas from Swim Outlet for about $12 a pair.
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          • #6
            I've been wondering the same thing. How does this work in the winter when it's wet? That may be a dumb question, but I seriously was wondering. I have been considering getting a soft-sole moccasin-type boot from Minnetonka or somewhere like that, but what if it snows? Will my feet get wet? ........
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            • #7
              Originally posted by MadelynMc View Post
              I've been wondering the same thing. How does this work in the winter when it's wet? That may be a dumb question, but I seriously was wondering. I have been considering getting a soft-sole moccasin-type boot from Minnetonka or somewhere like that, but what if it snows? Will my feet get wet? ........
              Do you seriously plan on running on top of fresh snow, you wouldn't opt for the dry sidewalk instead? You would run when it's icy? I admire you if you are so adventurous, but honestly folks, I see a lot of hot chocolate by the fire in your future instead of hitting the wet, snowy, icy roads. Cold is one thing, wet and snowy is another. I don't foresee any of you actually braving the elements like that, if so, then sure maybe your feet will get wet but so will the rest of you so does it really matter?

              I made this video last night since we have similar threads around on minimalist footwear options. I present the two cheapest ones I can think of. I use and love both and hardly doubt the more expensive ones are better. In terms of protection from the elements, well, just wear socks for warmth is all I can advise. I ... was very bored so I figured what the hell. Crappy quality but such is life.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                Do you seriously plan on running on top of fresh snow, you wouldn't opt for the dry sidewalk instead? You would run when it's icy? I admire you if you are so adventurous, but honestly folks, I see a lot of hot chocolate by the fire in your future instead of hitting the wet, snowy, icy roads. Cold is one thing, wet and snowy is another. I don't foresee any of you actually braving the elements like that, if so, then sure maybe your feet will get wet but so will the rest of you so does it really matter?

                I made this video last night since we have similar threads around on minimalist footwear options. I present the two cheapest ones I can think of. I use and love both and hardly doubt the more expensive ones are better. In terms of protection from the elements, well, just wear socks for warmth is all I can advise. I ... was very bored so I figured what the hell. Crappy quality but such is life.

                I'm not going to be running in them. I was thinking more for everyday wear. I'm not sure where you live, but the sidewalks here don't have some sort of magical barrier around them keeping the elements away. They get snow/ice/rain, too.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MadelynMc View Post
                  I'm not going to be running in them. I was thinking more for everyday wear. I'm not sure where you live, but the sidewalks here don't have some sort of magical barrier around them keeping the elements away. They get snow/ice/rain, too.
                  We get plenty of snow and other stuff where I live, and no sadly there's no magical barrier to keep them dry, so if you happen to get caught in that I'm no sure what type of footwear to recommend that will stay dry. I'm sure most water-proof options are not minimalist. I plan on using the Feiyues I show in the video, I trust they'll get plenty wet due to the cloth material. Best of luck in your search. Take a look at the "runamocs" and see if they have any tougher options.
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                  • #10
                    ^I've also been thinking of doing a heavy moccasin/muklok for the winter months for something a bit more minimal. They're very expensive though =\ Some kind of vibram sole (or a thin but textured/gripping sole stolen from another pair of shoes) attached to well-sealed moccasin boots with sheepskin lining would probably work quite well. That's what I'm looking for anyway.

                    Uggs are uggly, but they are fairly minimal and REALLY warm. If I could seal them properly or get some made by a leather-worker, I'd totally go for something like that.
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                    • #11
                      I live in California so I don't have to deal with the snow, just a little rain. I ordered these today. They claim to have a "hydrophobic" upper.



                      My morning routine has me tromping through a muddy field and I was sick of my Merrell Pace Gloves getting soaked. They're just mesh so even a little dampness and I've got wet socks. I've actually resorted to wearing my old trail shoes until the Vivos come.

                      Merrell also makes a leather version of the Pace Glove as well as a high top version. You might be able to use some waterproofing on the leather to at least keep dry. I don't know how they would be with thick socks.





                      I'm pretty sure all these have a men's version, too.

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                      • #12
                        I wear Merrell True Gloves. They are like the trail gloves, but with synthetic leather instead of the mesh. I wouldn't say they are water proof, but they certainly will do me ok in winter time, at least as well as any other shoe. Outside of blisters the first couple of weeks, the shoes broke in nicely and are terrific.

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                        • #13
                          I wanted to post a quick update on the Vivo Barefoots. They aren't really what you'd call waterproof. I can walk through the damp field and only get a little wet. My feet don't get drenched like they do in my Pace Gloves, but I don't think these would do much for someone in heavy rain.

                          On the bright side, they're comfy and seem to run true to size. They're not quite as barefoot feeling as the Merrels or VFF. Maybe when the sole breaks in a bit. I can still feel the ground but not as well as with the Vibram sole.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DaisyEater View Post
                            I wanted to post a quick update on the Vivo Barefoots. They aren't really what you'd call waterproof. I can walk through the damp field and only get a little wet. My feet don't get drenched like they do in my Pace Gloves, but I don't think these would do much for someone in heavy rain.

                            On the bright side, they're comfy and seem to run true to size. They're not quite as barefoot feeling as the Merrels or VFF. Maybe when the sole breaks in a bit. I can still feel the ground but not as well as with the Vibram sole.
                            Take the insoles out..

                            I find them to run small. I wear 44's in vff but 46 or 47 in the Vivobarefoot, depending on whether I want to wear thick socks with them or not.

                            I just bought my 3rd pair of Vivo's on clearance, I love them. I've got a pair of the Aqueous "boots" coming to try out for winter weather hiking instead of my vff's.
                            Last edited by tcb; 10-25-2011, 11:24 AM.

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                            • #15
                              I just got some Altra Lone Peaks. They have all the minimalist features except for a thin sole. This would provide more insulation from the cold ground. Plus they look totally normal.
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