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    Hi everyone, I did a search before I posted and found that the last thread about barefoot winter runners was from last year. All the links in there aren't working anymore.

    I just want to know if over the last year anyone has come up with a really good alternative for winter. I wear VFF now and I HATE the thought of wearing "normal" shoes/boots all winter. I live in Victoria BC Canada and it seriously rains for 5 months straight.

    Thanks in advance!

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    I posted this question recently - more about general barefootish footwear for winter than for actual running. I live in Scotland where the weather's similar to what you in BC winters. The best response I got were rafting shoes + Sealskinz waterproof socks. For what it's worth, I will still *run* in my VFFs all winter; I don't mind getting wet feet while doing any significant exercise because I feel like the exercise keeps me sufficiently circulated and warm to not be too bothered. It's really the walking around the town thing I'm questioning. I'll definitely be trying the above solution, plus I'm keeping an eye out for Gore-Tex Merrell Pace Gloves in women's sizes. (They currently make them for men in UK size 7 and up.) I feel like a good, barefootish waterproof shoe + thick socks would do me for the cold months.

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    • #3
      In late spring, summer, and early autumn I wear sandals or go barefoot. I work from home so I only need dress shoes about 1 day a week for customer facing meetings. I just bought some Merrell True Gloves with the plan on sneaking on some warm, but thin, socks for late autumn, winter, etc. Outside of the blisters on the backs of my heals (which others insist will stop forming as my feat break in), they are wonderfully comfortable, and have the advantage that thin wool socks can keep the toes warm in winter time.

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      • #4
        I live in Seattle, not too far away from Victoria

        I just got a pair of these:
        VIVOBAREFOOT | Off Road Hi Ladies | Off Road Hi L Pull Up Leather Olive

        I am also looking at getting a pair of these (they are waterproof):
        VIVOBAREFOOT | Neo Trail Ladies | Neo Trail L Hyrdo Phobic Mesh Light Grey/Crimson

        And a pair of these for fancier days:
        VIVOBAREFOOT | Boxing Boot | Boxing Boot Pull Up Leather Red Brown
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        • #5
          If you care to go the cheap route, check into some pool shoes/water shoes/whatever name you would call the shoes people wear while doing pool walking or water aerobics. They are very inexpensive and work well w/a pair of warm socks inside. I live in Wisconsin and have been comfortable in subzero temps in this type of setup.

          A good place to start looking online is Swim Outlet--I just got 2 new pairs for this winter as my old Teva Protons are wearing out after 2 years.

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          • #6
            Winter running? In Victoria, BC? Please..... I'm in Montreal, we actually have a winter here!

            If I lived in BC, I would go barefoot running 12 months a year!

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            • #7
              Price-wise, you can't go wrong with these: Amazon.com: TMAS Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes: Sports & Outdoors

              I wear them constantly but have not had them in winter yet. I plan on using them in winter of course, but the cloth if you're stepping in deep snow or whatever is obviously going to get wet.
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              • #8
                The thing about the Pacific Northwest... it's not *that* cold compared to other places but in the winter time it gets very wet. The cold just seeps through your clothes and gets into your skin. Hence wool and polar fleece are very effective. You want to wear things that stay warm when wet or that are waterproof. The problem with swim shoes is they don't keep the moisture out so they aren't really effective for this area. I imagine it's the same for areas with lots of snow. Anyways just something to keep in mind when considering minimal shoe wear for winter months
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                • #9
                  hence the suggestion of the sealskinz socks under the water shoes. that was what someone told me to try. they're waterproof/breathable (although i've never worn a DWR membrane so close to my skin so i don't know what the condensation will be like functionally). i think i might have a winter of that setup as a to-and-fro option and some indoor shoes.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bananabonobo View Post
                    hence the suggestion of the sealskinz socks under the water shoes. that was what someone told me to try. they're waterproof/breathable (although i've never worn a DWR membrane so close to my skin so i don't know what the condensation will be like functionally). i think i might have a winter of that setup as a to-and-fro option and some indoor shoes.
                    *wonders if Walmart still has water shoes on display*
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bananabonobo View Post
                      hence the suggestion of the sealskinz socks under the water shoes. that was what someone told me to try. they're waterproof/breathable (although i've never worn a DWR membrane so close to my skin so i don't know what the condensation will be like functionally). i think i might have a winter of that setup as a to-and-fro option and some indoor shoes.
                      Good-quality wool and/or synthetic socks will keep your feet warm even when wet, especially if you're running and your metabolism is cooking along. I've come in from many a slushy run w/shoes and socks soaked but feet not cold (until I stopped running...!). You just want to make sure that if you routinely do a cooldown walk after your run, that you keep it fairly short as your feet will get chilled once you slow down.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                        Price-wise, you can't go wrong with these: Amazon.com: TMAS Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes: Sports & Outdoors

                        I wear them constantly but have not had them in winter yet. I plan on using them in winter of course, but the cloth if you're stepping in deep snow or whatever is obviously going to get wet.
                        I was bored, so made this video last night as a lot of these threads are coming up. Mostly though, because I was bored. I don't mention this in the video, but you can wear either one of these with socks, but I don't, even in the cold I just deal with it. After a warm up my feet just don't really feel cold.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by honeypig View Post
                          Good-quality wool and/or synthetic socks will keep your feet warm even when wet, especially if you're running and your metabolism is cooking along. I've come in from many a slushy run w/shoes and socks soaked but feet not cold (until I stopped running...!). You just want to make sure that if you routinely do a cooldown walk after your run, that you keep it fairly short as your feet will get chilled once you slow down.
                          yes, i think it's THAT particular moment that the threat originator and I have been concerned about.... my feet will wear just about anything and nothing while running in any weather, but getting to work and then sitting in meetings? different ball game. no wet feet for me, thank you, and no matter how warm when wet my fancy merino has been, it's not warm enough when it's wet and you're just hanging out listening to yet another blathering lecture or seminar.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bananabonobo View Post
                            yes, i think it's THAT particular moment that the threat originator and I have been concerned about.... my feet will wear just about anything and nothing while running in any weather, but getting to work and then sitting in meetings? different ball game. no wet feet for me, thank you, and no matter how warm when wet my fancy merino has been, it's not warm enough when it's wet and you're just hanging out listening to yet another blathering lecture or seminar.
                            Can you bring an extra pair of socks to work/school/wherever? Years ago I used to ride my bike to summer sessions w/my books in a backpack. The first time I did this, I had a huge sweat-soaked spot on the back of my shirt where the pack was and I was certain I was going to catch pneumonia from being so cold and wet in the air conditioned lecture hall--even resorted to trying to warm up w/the hot-air hand dryer during break! Anyway, I learned my lesson and started bringing an extra shirt to change into once I had arrived there. Worked great!

                            My feeling about "waterproof" things is that you just get wet from the inside rather than the outside, since sweat/water vapor is trapped inside due to the waterproofing. Guess it's a personal choice regarding which you find less uncomfortable.

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