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Minimal winter shoes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I'm trying to figure out a good solution to the winter minimalist shoes dilemma. I need at least one pair of "real shoes" (not vibrams) for working outside. I need something waterproof and appropriate for muddy conditions but all typical work boots look so stiff and uncomfortable. Does anyone have any good solution they'd like to share? A favorite minimal winter shoe? I'd just buy some rubber boots but if there is anything out there with a thinner, flexible sole I'd love to hear about it. Thanks!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 15, 2012
at 06:04 AM

Spam, spam, bo-bam! Nothing says minimalist footwear like a 3 inch heel...sheesh!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on August 28, 2010
at 02:32 PM

There's a great tutorial at this website S-A. :) http://paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/topic/14813

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on August 28, 2010
at 03:16 AM

Oh yeah, forgot to add, fur from water animals, like beaver, is often naturally waterproof. THus, beaver fur is a great fur for hats.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on August 28, 2010
at 03:15 AM

Leather does not hold up well when hiking on gravel and rock. I suspect the natives probably remade their shoes often. There can be obtained, however, a very thick, almost rawhide like, leather especially for the bottoms of shoes. If I can find out the name of that material, I'll post it. I will see the person tomorrow that probably knows, just gotta remember to ask. The thing is, I am not sure how they attach this to the bottom of the shoe. Maybe glue? Another thing to ask..

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on August 27, 2010
at 10:51 PM

do you happen to have a pattern? Ive got some upholstery leather and some shoulder hide, been debating taking a shot at a pair myself...

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on August 27, 2010
at 08:58 PM

I'm planning on making myself a pair of solid, seam-sealed moccasins for winter. If you add a simple foam insole, they feel very much like Vibrams. ;)

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3a966a805e09d88b0f223f2985392e4f

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on August 30, 2010
at 09:49 AM

I have a pair of Vibrams that are made of gortex or something, I also have some zip up kayaking boots made of gortex. Both are warm as heck. I chose the kayaking boots because they don't have a thick soul and are therefore somewhat minimalist, although if you're used to being barefoot and have wide feet, your little toe will rub. If you go with kayaking boots made of gortex they will most likely be significantly cheaper than minimalist footwear ($30 or so) and warmer. Mine are black and I can wear them to work with business casual stuff and nobody notices.

My winter Vibrams are neither KSO's, Classics, or Sprints. I forget the name of the version but that probably eliminates much of their line.

If I didn't have wide feet I would just wear water shoes in the summer (approximately 7$ at Wal-Mart) and water sport boots in the winter ($30).

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on August 27, 2010
at 08:57 PM

Old school Native American moccasins are stylish comfortable and if you don't get a fancy sole, minimalist

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 27, 2010
at 10:51 PM

do you happen to have a pattern? Ive got some upholstery leather and some shoulder hide, been debating taking a shot at a pair myself...

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on August 28, 2010
at 03:16 AM

Oh yeah, forgot to add, fur from water animals, like beaver, is often naturally waterproof. THus, beaver fur is a great fur for hats.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on August 28, 2010
at 02:32 PM

There's a great tutorial at this website S-A. :) http://paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/topic/14813

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on August 27, 2010
at 08:58 PM

I'm planning on making myself a pair of solid, seam-sealed moccasins for winter. If you add a simple foam insole, they feel very much like Vibrams. ;)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on August 28, 2010
at 03:15 AM

Leather does not hold up well when hiking on gravel and rock. I suspect the natives probably remade their shoes often. There can be obtained, however, a very thick, almost rawhide like, leather especially for the bottoms of shoes. If I can find out the name of that material, I'll post it. I will see the person tomorrow that probably knows, just gotta remember to ask. The thing is, I am not sure how they attach this to the bottom of the shoe. Maybe glue? Another thing to ask..

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7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on November 26, 2011
at 02:48 AM

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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on November 19, 2011
at 12:06 AM

http://budoguten.futagotrader.com/tabi/

Jika-tabi. Tarditional soft spilt toe Japanese workshoes -waterproof version. That is what you want.

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on August 30, 2010
at 12:04 PM

I've been trying my Softstar Runamocs, but the suede version (without perforated leather). They are quite comfortable, and could be worn with socks.

My Feelmax Pankas have served me well (and keep on serving me well) for 1 year now, although I have not used them for real outdoor activities during wintertime. So far, Feelmax offers the best barefoot feel (better than the Runamocs and the VFF). Their sole definitely is the thinnest of all.

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016d898536232b3f4afeec4ad8e05115

on August 29, 2010
at 12:17 PM

Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot has quite a few options, though they run about 160$.

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Fd504de9b242f4cd7009db70af5e2121

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on August 27, 2010
at 08:20 PM

Feelmax Kuvva is what I like

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 25, 2013
at 09:11 AM

These are minimal winter shoes you should have http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-c-1.html?page=2&sort=20a.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 15, 2012
at 05:58 AM

Hello,I think you are right with your shoes. I love the sound of this - hoping to pick up some shoes to give it a go myself this year. With my sneakers I want to wear legwear, Its great for me to protect my skin from winter. Regards!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 15, 2012
at 06:04 AM

Spam, spam, bo-bam! Nothing says minimalist footwear like a 3 inch heel...sheesh!

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