Cold Weather Barefooting and Other Winter Kicks
Posted by scott on February 4, 2009
While most normal runners are spiking their shoes for winter, I’ve been experimenting. I actually haven’t been running much, just some short runs here and there to test out the injury. But I have wanted to get outside to test out some barefooting options for cold weather.
When things get into the high 20s and above, I stay in the FiveFingers. I added a cutoff sock as an ankle warmer between my tights and shoes, and this has worked out pretty well:
As the temperature heads towards zero, I turn to my Body Glove Cold Weather Distance Flats:
These are actually just 2mm water shoes from the marina near our cabin. I wear Injinjis with them and they are fantastic in the colder weather. They have tons of flex in them and a very soft thin sole, so you really feel the ground. They are really warm and repel water a bit to keep feet dry. They are definitely not waterproof, but they are definitely closer to it than typical running shoes.
For any notable distances or when things get really cold, I use my New Balance 790 trail shoes. I got these last fall and haven’t put serious miles on them yet, but love them. As far as full shoes go they are very minimal and lightweight. They have a bit of tread on them, but not too aggressive, so you can actually run comfortably with them on pavement. These will likely be my main shoe for any races in 2009.