Shoes: The (Winter) List

If you’re interested in reading more on ideas presented in the article below, I suggest reading Whole Body Barefoot. If you’d like movement instruction via video, start with Schoolhouse Series Snacks: Toes and Calves.

***This post was updated for Winter 2015-2016, including things I’ve found in the stores recently and boots-n-shoes we’ve purchased for our family, and again Winter 2018***

I love wearing my bare feet and I’ve been wearing minimal footwear for so long, it seems I am unable to wear “regular” shoes without major body-protest. Still, I live in a cold part of the world (well, truly I’m a Californian so it’s probably not that cold of a place at all, I am just a huge wuss) and I recognize the need for warm-and-still-minimal shoes.

I’ve spent hours searching fruitlessly online for heel-free winter boots (and I swear, even the KIDS rain boots had a 1/2 inch heel. Why? WHY?). I’ve put out a request for reader’s favorites. I also search every time I go into a store that has shoes–bending and twisting shoes like a crazy person.

Employee: “Ma’am, would you like me to get you a pair of those to try on?”

KB: “No thanks, I’m just here to mash on your shoes.”

What you see below is the “winter” counterpart to Shoes: The List. <—-Make sure you read this post first to get a sense of the features of a shoe we are talking about (rise, toe box, sole, upper).

BOOTS

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Merrell Heaven Duos–discontinued

I spotted (read: bent the crap out of) these Merrell Heaven Duos (UPDATE 2018: discontinued, but check out the Merrell Tremblant) and they rock. They’re narrow, so they’d work well for not-as-wide feet.

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Sorels

I also found these no-heel Sorels. They’re pretty stiff, but they’re flat, so at least that’s something.

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Merrells and Sorels

These were the only two styles, out of at least 20 boot-types, that were flat. THE ONLY TWO. Just saying.

SoftStar Phoenix Boot (For adults and kids. I love my pair, and my son loves his pair and you can find more about how they hold up in Canadian winter in this post about fall shoes.)

SoftStar Phoenix Boot

And, here’s a forum discussion with ideas for minimalist snow boots: http://www.toesalad.com/questions/minimalist-snow-boots/

My husband’s splurge this year is a pair of Manitobah Mukluks with a…wait for it…Vibram sole! Update: He bought these in 2016 and is rocking the same pair in 2018.

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Steger Mukluks & Moccasins

Minnetonkas I have these in black and I love them. I wear mine in the rain with wool socks, although I don’t recommend this if you’re overly concerned about dirty shoes. I think of these more as poor-weather foot coverings and less a fashion statement. UPDATE: I now have these in brown and fringe-y. They tend to run on the narrow side. I don’t have wide feet, so they work for me, but everyone will require a different shape for their particular foot! UPDATE 2018: They get wet in the rain but my moving sock-clad feet keep me warm. I dry them out the night before I wear them again and they were also my snow gear last year, keeping in mind we rarely get snow and when we do it’s usually still in the 30s.

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Minnetonkas

OTZ Boots

Tretorn Rain Boots

Vivobarefoot Ella The sent me a pair of these to use in the video shoot of my upcoming DVDs. I don’t often wear dressy shoes (I don’t have a dressy life!), but I’ll definitely be taking these to NYC with me next month and I wore them on set! Update: They discontinued these, but you can find other Vivobarefoot boots and winter shoes here.

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Feelmax Kuuva 3
Camper. Look through their options for the flat ones. The huz gives two big toes up to the “men’s” boots he got last year.
Lems Boulder Boots (Men and Women’s boots)
Kalso Negative Heel Boots*

*Kalso Negative Heel Boots Find some options here. (Note: These Kalso boots have very rigid soles, so they might be a better option for someone wanting to reduce heel height, but not total foot movement. Try a few sizes and styles as I’ve found the brand is not that consistent with sizing.)

L.L.Bean “Wicked Good” Lodge Boots New to me in 2018 (a friend showed up wearing them), these are such a great option! It’s unclear, but I think they’re meant to be slippers. But my friend lives in Tahoe and with a bit of waterproofing (beeswax) they’re her snow boot and have held up this year. P.S. I’m wearing a pair as I type this.

Wicked Good on the left, and Campers on the right

Kids Boots/Rain Boots

With respect to minimal, my favorite outdoor play boots are MyMayu. Finally, light, flexible, and perfect–paired with a liner and wool socks–for outdoor school! The company notes that these aren’t rain boots in the traditional, fully waterproof way. The can get wet all the way through with time.

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Vivobarefoot Waterloo Kids (rain boots)

Jack and Lily Lace Baby Boots

Stonz Rain Boots**

**Stonz Wear Note from a reader: “The Booties and rainboots are minimal. They just added snowboots for older children, but they seem pretty beefy.”

MILITARY OPTIONS

Military training boot Note: I looked at these and they don’t look minimal so I can’t speak to them. But, I know that military dress can be limiting and there are styles that have more mobility and are lighter than the standard fare. So, I’m leaving them because of this testimonial: “Not fashion boots, but for those in the military, these are a life saver!

(Traditionally) MEN’S Shoes.

(Meaning, I don’t believe any of these styles require any particular anatomy or chromosome to activate their technology.)

 

Carets Zero-drop men’s dress shoes!
Camper Men’s Ankle Boots (my husband had these and they rocked a PNW winter and lots of walking!)

The following are just more general minimal ideas (Hooray! There are many more options now!)

ADULT- Men’s & Women’s

Kids/Youth

Soft Star Shoes Everything!!

For more information, check out my books on feet (Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet and Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear) because foot health is not ONLY about footwear, it’s how you use it. To take yourself from a lifetime of shoe-wearing to minimal shoes, there are tissue adaptations that need to be undone and strength that needs to be restored.

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74 thoughts on “Shoes: The (Winter) List

  1. You missed one:

    http://www.mukluks.com/

    Steger moosehide muk-luks and moccasins are modeled after traditional Native American shoes. Zero heel. Flexible sole. Wide toe box. The ONLY winter boot out there with a flexible sole, and super warm. We live in ours from October through April up here in Michigan.

    1. Susan, we got it! Mukluks is under “boots”…but that’s a compelling review! It’s so nice to hear from someone who actually owns and has worn the shoe to know how it fits, feels, and wears.

    2. I’m after a pair of Steger mukluks myself! Hoping they open their kiosk in Rosedale, MN this month.

      These Moccasins and boots might work with wool socks in areas with milder winters and very little snow. I wear them into the fall until it snows.

    1. I got the North Face Janey II’s after seeing your post about them here, and I am quite happy. I’ve been waiting for some decently cold weather and snow to really give them a test, and they’ve passed with flying colors so far (only a few inches though and right around freezing temperatures for half hour walks this week).

      I really don’t think there is any rise, but the sole is quite structured (with a nice wide toe box). I had bought the North Face Nuptse Purna because the local stores here in Central NY don’t carry the Janey and the Janey fit is almost identical except for the slightly roomier toe box on the Janey. Also, because the Janey lace up the back, the tongue has to be anchored near the heel and I found that insertion point to be a little irritating at first (I’m VERY sensitive to such things) but resolved to wear thick socks and it smoothed out entirely after a week or two.

      These are WARM–on my walk today my feet were far and away the warmest part of my body (with only thin socks). I added one layer of waterproofing and have had no seeping at all despite tromping through melting snow at length. I love the side zippers so I don’t have to tie and untie ever really. The back lacing means they’re really adaptable fit-wise.

      The one thing I would change: how structured the insole is. The sole itself is pretty flexible with very good traction, but the insole doesn’t come out easily and I haven’t been daring enough to see if I can rip it out without doing irreparable harm. A little more flexibility here would make them near perfect (and attractive enough that I wear them to work on a regular basis).

  2. Update: Stonz Winter Bootz have a 9mm drop, as confirmed by the company.
    I was told that if they had more people request changes, that they would listen (eg. Adult sizes of the Booties and zero drop in the Winter Bootz). So, if you are interested in seeing changes to the footwear a company offers, start TELLING them.

    Manitobah Mukluks is a Canadian company that gives back to the Native American community; and the boots are beautiful if you like that style. Most of the footwear comes with Vibram soles. http://www.manitobah.ca

  3. Thanks, Katy!

    One note on the Merrell Barefoot Frost boots – they are very narrow so those with wide feet should just skip them. Actually, Merrell’s entire barefoot line tends to be rather narrow.

    I have Tretorn Skerry Vinter rubber boots and they are zero drop (though I don’t think I would consider them minimalist boots).

    I also have a pair of Patagonia Lugano boots and while I don’t think they’re quite zero drop they are are very close and did not cause me any discomfort when switching to them from my barefoot summer shoes.

  4. I have just spent the (Australian) winter in Sorel Cozy Bou boots. I took out the insoles and they are super flexible and wide – perfect for my feet. Very warm will wooly socks but not so good for walking in puddles.

  5. My Finn wore skidders until he was three. They were great! Although I remember them getting stinky so I threw them in the wash and then they we’re fine. We also loved the Robeez boots when he was first walking.

  6. Hi Katy, I’m curious about your experience with Minnetonkas in the rain. You say you wear wool socks — is that to keep your feet warm when they get wet, or is the suede decently waterproof? Here in Seattle, I’m definitely more worried about staying dry than warm. 🙂 Thanks!!

    1. I’m here in Sequim where we DON’T get a lot of rain, so I don’t think they’re as good as rain boots. But, I do walk over a lot of wet ground in them (it tends to rain here at night) or sometimes I’ll “dart” through the rain in them. I wear the socks to stay warm as I don’t think I’ve ever really soaked these boots. Hope this helps! -KAB

      1. Very helpful, thank you! (Also, I can’t believe you live in Sequim! I grew up there, in Happy Valley. We need to live in the city right now for work, but I sure miss it. Especially the rain shadow! 🙂 )

    2. I have a pair of Minnetonka’s halfboots, and last winter finally gave up trying to waterproof them and simply wore a pair of water-proof socks in them. It “dews” very often here in KY, and last winter it also rained quite a bit, so they continuously leaked water – I am still working on getting them more waterproof, but am also looking at a pair of rain boots, because otherwise they were very comfortable.

      Hope that opinion helps – I am still looking primarily because I have problems spending $150 or more for a pair of waterproof winter boots, even if I can wear them for many years.

  7. Thank you for putting this together! I’m coveting a pair of those Steger Mukluks, since I saw the link on the FB page. I was with you on those Merrell boots, until I noticed it says they weigh almost 2#? I’m sure winter shoes weigh more, but now I’m wondering, “How does that impact gait?” And, “How much do my other shoes weigh?” And, “Can I sneak in to grab the scale and the shoes without walking the baby or should I save it and just go to sleep?” 😉

  8. Thank you thank you thank you! I just moved to Wisconsin from the Southwest, so I am desperate to keep my tootsies warm this winter.

    Katy, I also want you to know how much I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with the world. You inspire me on so many levels!

  9. Looking forward to reading the whole list! I have a pair of the first one, Merrell’s. I had to go up a size because they were narrow in the toe box, but the length doesn’t seem to be a problem. They are fairly warm unless you are standing in line on asphalt in December (at the zoo for an hour waiting to see a baby elephant, for example!) The soles are not well insulated.

  10. Great resource! I wish someone would put together a list like this of shoes that are dressy/sexy/fashionable for those of us who don’t always live in industrial/hiking/dressed down mode. I love Kalso’s but their “fashion sense” is a bit lacking to say the least and I wish they’d stop using all that d#(*$%* packaging.

    Thanks for doing this homework – great list!

    FGM

  11. Here’s one from Europe

    http://www.joe-nimble.com/uk/

    They’re based in Germany (I’ve put a link to the UK site), and can be found in Bär shoe shops, if you want to try them before you buy (http://www.baer-schuhe.de).

    I have a pair of Woolsters, and they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. They’re made of wool with a Vibram sole, and are very cosy in snow (although the soles are quite slippy). They not the cheapest shoes, but they do have a three year guarantee. And my feet are very very happy in them 🙂

  12. Make sure you get the Campers with removable insole! I just take them out to get more room for my toes and wear wollen toesocks

  13. The haven by morel is definitely zero drop. But it is also stiffer than I like. Not super stiff or anything. Sole is still bendy. I had to take them off immediately though because they felt uncomfortable. But great transition option

  14. I live in the Northeast and found that Sockwa are great with wool socks as long as its dry (and above maybe 10*). They actually keep my feet much warmer than almost any of my other shoes if I’m not walking on snow or in the rain. And the price point is great too.

  15. I just bought a pair of the Merrell Autumn Havens after reading the last post. I’ll let you know how they are after I get them in the mail! I’ve been on the search for a pair of minimal winter boots for the longest time now and love the power of the internet and others sharing what they found!

    Next on the list is a lace up boot like the Feelmax or Lems that could double as a hiking boot. I’ve always loved the look of the OTZ Troop, but MAN is it expensive.

    1. Got the Merrell Autumn Havens in the mail and they are awesome! They are very low-profile. There is an insole that has a good amount of cushion to it but its removable, making it even more low-profile and roomier for thick wool socks. A good amount of room in the toebox (especially with the insole removed). The soles have a little more stiffness than my barefoot shoes from Merrell, though that’s to be expected. Despite this they still allow for plenty of movement, especially for a boot. Not to mention they’re waterproof!

  16. I hve already gone through this issue, so I might offer some help. I bought five pairs of Kalso Earth boots (all leather) from Sierratradingpost.com last year (sign up for email-they will have a 30% off the sale prices about every 2 weeks): Wonderful, roomy in the calf and toebox and stylish as well. Only problem: they are about 1/2 size larger than marked. I’ve also seen this with several Euro brands (e.g. Klogs, Flyflot, etc.). I have the Keen Clara High boots which are good (and at good prices now for the high or low versions), and have just ordered the Aetrex Berries tall boots in black. I got a catalog recently in the mail for a British company that makes footwear called “Hotter”-they ship free to the U.S. I looked at the Otz shoes and boots and have read a lot of reviews that complain about them falling apart soon after buying. I also bought some Birkenstock boots from a Birkenstock dealer in Germany through a U.S. ebay site-lovely, high quality and I’ve worn them for 4 years (from a line called ‘Footprints’and are the Coburg low heel Combat boots-I got them for 75$ + 12$ airship. from Germany). If you are open to buying online-like you know your size and brands, then getting them from the sample sale sites like Rue La La and Leftlanesports, The Clymb can result in significant savings. These are not seconds, and you can usually return them if they don’t fit. Also-always check from promo codes for websites (e.g. 30% off). Cheers!

  17. Now to complicate things…which of these brands (summer and winter) are free from antimicrobial chemicals?

  18. I can speak to the military training boots. They are my primary winter/wet weather civilian footwear and they’re great. I just wish Belleville would make them in a USMC-approved shade of brown, because I’m stuck with my regular combat boots in uniform and I HATE them.

  19. Don’t forget my favorite shoes for little ones: http://www.zappos.com/bogs-kids-baby-bogs-zoo-toddler-green-multi?zfcTest=fcl%3A0 Baby bogs!

    They are durable, water resistant (good for a quick walk in the rain, but not for soaking wet storms – my toddler would jump in puddles then I would dry them out), insulated so your kids don’t have to wear socks, super flexible, completely flat, and have big handles that make it easy for kids to get dressed themselves.

  20. Every Softstar shoe non custom I’ve ever seen has a relatively narrow toe box. Maybe if enough of us let them know it’s a problem they would change?

  21. What would you recommend for women working in a conservative office environment. Any there any heels that are OK/better to wear?

  22. Thank you! Went through the list last night. Still can not believe it, but I just ordered Feelmax Kuuva2 🙂 Love the way they look and the reviews about use in winter conditions ( I live not far from Finland ). Will be able to comment in a week or so.

  23. I have these for the upcoming winter: http://www.planetshoes.com/item/jambu-nottingham-barefoot/15193/119?vsp=jambuvsp&mkwid=UrozXQ1C_d{device}&pcrid=19308609620&gclid=CK6ghoP9oLoCFQif4Aod1xoALw

    It hasn’t been cold enough to wear them yet but they feel very good on, which is more than I can say for most shoes! Can’t wear Merrell Barefoot shoes, too narrow; they end up giving me cramps in my arches.

    The shoes I’ve had the most luck with are Soft Stars, so it surprises me to see anyone call them “narrow.” They have huge toe boxes! I have a pair of RunAmocs and a pair of the old style “casual” Merry Janes and they are about the only two pairs of shoes I am completely comfortable in since going barefoot/minimalist about 2 years ago.

  24. I’ve had the traditional mukluks from Steger for a year now, and they are fantastic. I live in Montana, and they keep me warm and they are so light that walking in them is delightful, even in the snow.

  25. Love this list! thank yoi! What would you recommend for winter running? I am using vibran five fingers but starting to get very cold toes!!

  26. What a great list!

    I’m wondering if anyone can comment on how much of a lift/bend at the toes some of these have. Like the Merrell Haven Autumn, or Sorel Yaquina, or the Nepal Boots at Toms — they all look like the toe sits above the ground.

    I started making the switch to more minimal footwear at the end of last winter, and I found a boot (discontinued now), Dr. Scholls, in a wide with about as little drop as I could find on regular boots. They were fine last year, and then I spent the summer and fall either barefoot, in super thin water shoes, or in airwalk dream slip-ons. Now, those boots are terrible — my big toes complained for a couple of days after wearing them for 1/2 hour. It’s the lift they have at the toe to compensate for the stiff sole. Some of these boots look like they have more of a curve up in the toes than my current boots. The mukluk-style boots look generally like the sole is flat. Does anyone have any comments on this?

  27. I live in the UK, it’s not been easy to get minimalist winter boots but some have just appeared on the high street from non other than Clarks! Nettle leaf is soft and wooly and negatively healed http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/20355703 but I bought Idly Bootie which is wonderful and slightly more water tight with a thinner sole http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/20356417 Idly also comes in a trainer style which I intend to get for the summer. Both boots come in a variety of colours so it’s worth checking around the website. It’s also handy to know that if you sign up to their mailing list you can often get a 20% off voucher so the boots would be even cheaper!
    Just to make the point that I don’t work for Clarks (never have) and neither do any of my family, my only ‘invested interest’ is in getting more people to buy them so that next season they offer a bigger range!!

  28. I’m confused about how the Softstar Phoenix Boot (see above) is different than an Ugg? It looks like the same structure. I thought Uggs would be good since they leave your foot so much room and have flat soles. Can you explain? Help! I love my Uggs!

  29. Got my Feelmax Kuuva2 – love it. Walked for a couple of weeks now more than ever (which is still just 2-3km a day) and decided to order Feelmax shoes (Appa) as well. the have a discount in November for Kuuva and Appa if anyone is interested.

  30. I’m in the UK and, like Liz, find it hard to get good minimalist shoes, especially boots (although I will check out those Clarks!) I buy most of mine from the US, mainly Soft Stars – I’ve never found anything as comfy! I have a pair of their Phoenix boots, they’re fantastic. They do look similar to Uggs but their soles are more flexible. I’ve also got a pair of moccasins from http://www.sodhoppers.com – they’re certainly not cheap, but they are custom made to your foot and tick all the minimalist boxes.

    For those looking for something less casual, Soft Star have started making ballet flats – I can’t comment on them yet as I only ordered mine today, but they look lovely and less ‘chunky’ than their Merry Janes.

  31. Hi Katy,

    So I have a question…I ordered negative heeled shoes – just to try them out. They sounded divine, calf stretch and all… After I put them on and wore them for a while, I just couldn’t get the diagram in your Healthy Feet book out of my head. You know the one that shows the compensation/correction we do to ourselves for wearing heels…to keep our horizon balanced. So my question, by wearing a negative heel, am I not doing the same thing?! Only in reverse…from a biomechanical perspective. Thanks for your thoughts, if you can give them!

  32. I am seriously considering getting some waterproof socks and some Sockwas. I want the Sockwas anyway for the rest of the year, but as they are machine washable I could get muddy and stay dry with something like the Sealskinz waterproof socks underneath.
    Anyone tried anything like that?

  33. I’m not comfortable going totally barefoot around the house and it happens to be freezing here today, so I wondered what you’d recommend as house shoes/slippers/socks that won’t get wet while I’m the kitchen or bathroom. I’m sort of at a loss.

    And stay warm all of you in the Arctic regions of the US!

    Thanks!

  34. Here’s a note on the Belleville Mini-Mil TR101-103 boots (from the Military training) category:

    I bought these boots 7 months ago. They have a 2mm drop. Most of the material is flexible (including the sole), but the heel cup is rigid and high enough that it digs in to my ankles if I plantar-flex past 90 degrees. (If you look at the picture, everywhere the heel has suede, there is plastic behind it).

    I called customer service and they said the heel cup is for “ankle support.” No shoe repair places said they could remove it, and the company said it’s structurally integral to the shoe. So, I have to wear thick socks and occasional tape. It’s not ideal; 4-5 hours is about as long as I can comfortably wear them.

    They’re as close to a minimalist work boot as I’ve been able to find, and are better than regular boots, but be forewarned.

  35. Since people are coming back here, I got the Merrell Heaven Duos because I live in Seattle and was tired of wet socks. I have a pretty wide foot and yet these are really comfortable for me. My issue is getting into them since I have a high instep. Once in I have plenty of room. I am really happy with them.

  36. Hello from Czech Republic!
    I would like to mention my find – Columbia Women’s Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Winter Boot. You have to remove original insole (I put a winter Vivobarefoot insole instead of it), than the boots are really soft. Toe box is quit wide (for standard feet). And best of all – they are cheap.

    On the pricey side I can recommend – Senmotic H1 (German brand). http://www.senmotic-shoes.eu/shop/winter-barfussschuh/
    I have allroud shoes from this brand and they are of top notch quality!

    And my kids wear winter boots from ZeaZoo (hand made bulgarian shoes). https://www.zeazookids.com/shop/55-boots
    Best shoes we have ever tried. They are on Etsy aswell.

    More Europeans BF : For narrow shoes – Filii (German) – they have winter shoes with a tex membrane. http://www.filii.eu/

    For kids I can further recommend Bobux (New Zealand) – prime quality minimalist shoes.

  37. I have wide feet with a high instep, technically size 4 d width but can I find anything conventional that fits? No . Most companies do not make adult shoes that small,nor are kids shoes that wide. Few companies even offer a variety of widths because it would cost too much to make different batches. My toes are a mess from years and years of ill fitting shoes. Many of the minimalist companies are out because they are still too narrow. Thank goodness for soft star shoes and I love my phoenix boots, but living in the pnw I can only wear them when it’s dry. i have had trouble with soft star shoes falling apart to the point where I am reluctant to buy more even though they have been amazing, have helped enormously, but I have pairs barely a year old that are possibly beyond repair.
    The wet climate really requires rubber boots. I had a pair of hunters that i wore for several years. They were too narrow, I’d be in agony. I just got some tretorn boots with a fuzzy linings that are wide, but not wide enough. They felt fine at the store, they were on sale, hurray! But nope, they are agony inducing. I should have gotten a larger size to try compensate for the width, but when shoes are too big, they are too loose and float around. My feet have to grip to try keep the loose floppy shoes or boots on, not helpful.
    If I lived in a place with drier winters I’d be in mukluks and I do have some lovely buffalo sole moccasins but not good for outdoor winter/wet/rainy use.
    I keep planning on getting my foot measurements off to drifter leather so I can have some boots made, put some nice waterproofing goo on them, throw in some nice wool linings and call them winter boots.
    I walk a lot, i always have, but it’s always always been painful except for the soft star boots and flip flops in the summer-my feet are so wide that the straps are tight and they stay on well enough that foot grip is minimal! I also LOVE shoes and boots so this is hard. Bad enough that I can’t find shoes that fit, but cannot wear things I think are cool and cute. I love campers, el naturalistas, but even though they appear wide, they are NOTA and have had to sell my collection or give them away to friends and family.

    1. I feel your pain! I am so frustrated trying to find wide shoes. Mine are probably only a little wider than normal, but I think even people (women?) with “average” widths are so used to squashing their toes into narrow shoes that they don’t realize it. I am so annoyed that shoe manufacturers make these ridiculously narrow shoes that I don’t think fit most people, just because they look “cuter.” I think it’s purely a ploy to make money–to appeal to women’s desires to look cute and dainty, and so they buy atomically incorrect shoes.

      That’s disappointing about Soft Star; I haven’t tried them yet but am considering it. Too bad they fall apart so soon. I’m also considering moving to the PNW, so more bad new! 😛 🙂

  38. For those who travel frequently outdoors. Snow, mud, sliding surfaces, then the shoes are not sufficient to keep your legs warm.

    But to go back to where slightly less cold. I think the shoes in the article is the appropriate choice.

  39. Katy, I’m surprised the Minnetonka boots are wide enough even for your narrow forefront. I just held my foot up against my cute but way too narrow Minnetonka moccasin–my fourth and fifth toes and a whole section of my forefront are too wide for the soles. I used to justify wearing them because the leather has stretched to accommodate the extra width, but the plastic sole of course does not stretch. (So I should not wear them, right?) These shoes look so narrow to me that I just can’t imagine any adult’s forefront fitting into them without squishing the toes. Maybe the boots have a bigger forefront though.

  40. I need to share my epic minimalist rain boots find. Women’s packable rain boots by Western Chief available online at Target for about $15. They are simple and amazing if you want a lightweight affordable boot that looks great and lets you feel the ground. For the price they seem good quality. I have tan and am planning on adding a few other colors to my wardrobe soon.

    1. I should also mention, now after barefooting for a year or so, I cannot stand narrow shoes. These are wide enough for me, have zero drop, and are crazy flexible.

    2. Thanks! I’ve wanted to order these and was looking for a review from a minimal shoe viewpoint! I l really like the Vivobarefoot rainboots, but I wear them so infrequently it is hard to justify spending much on them.

    3. Update, love the Western Cheif pack able rain boot. Not as high end as the Vivobarefoot, but a great deal for $20, flexible, zero drop, and not too narrow. If you live in an area They are not wide, but still OK. Super wide feet may/may not like these. i got the polka dot print and one shoe has a few tiny scuffs, but I expected it from reviews, so no big deal for me. I’m ordering the plain black or now.

  41. You’re missing LemsShoes.com – they now have boots and their Nine2Five dress-style shoes. LOVE their sneakers, I’m awaiting arrival of a pair of their boots etc to try out.

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