If you’re looking for a quality pair of barefoot shoes to withstand the colder temperatures, it can be an intimidating search. With so many types of barefoot shoes and boots on the market, it’s hard to know which shoes will be durable and comfortable enough for winter weather. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you explore the various options for winter barefoot shoes!
What to Look for in a Winter Shoe
When looking for winter shoes, it’s important to look for shoes with good traction, insulation, breathability, and waterproofing. You’ll want your shoes to keep you comfortable and warm, without weighing you down with a clunky construction. An excellent fit is also essential, as a snug shoe will keep your feet insulated and protected while also preventing blisters. It’s also important to select shoes with a zero drop sole so that you can maintain the natural shape of your feet while wearing them.
Altra Lone Peak All Weather & Lems Boulder Waterproof
Two winter-ready shoes that are frequently recommended are the Altra Lone Peak All Weather and the Lems Boulder Waterproof with new outsole. The Altra Lone Peak All Weather features a waterproof upper, insulated design, and a rubber outsole for added grip in rain and snow. The Lems Boulder also features a flexible waterproof upper and a new durable rubber outsole for better traction on slippery surfaces. Unfortunately, it’s unclear how durable these shoes are, so be sure to keep an eye out for further product reviews.
Xero, Vivo, Wildling & Freet Mudee's
In addition to the Altra and Lems shoes, there are also several other minimalist shoe options to consider. Xero Shoes are lightweight and breathable shoes with a durable construction. Vivobarefoot also makes lightweight shoes with a flexible design, as well as boots and sandals. Wildling makes boots with thick woolen liners and a waterproof outer layer, while Freet Mudee's has a variety of waterproof minimalist shoes.
Minimal-list Reviews & Discounts/Sales
We've put together a directory of barefoot winter boots, which is an excellent resource for those who are looking for options for colder climates. Additionally, it’s worth waiting until after January 1st to purchase shoes as that is often when discounts and sales start to be available on the Altra Lone Peak and other shoes. Finally, be sure to double check the sizing when ordering Xero shoes as they tend to run a bit small compared to other brands.
Navigating the world of winter footwear is no easy feat, but having the right information and the right pair of shoes can make a world of difference. We hope that this guide has provided you with some helpful tips and insight into winter shoes so that you can find the perfect pair for your needs. Happy shopping!