Monday, November 8, 2010
Winter Minimalist Running Shoes
Mizuno Wave Universe 3
New Balance 790 (not truly minimalist, but good for a trail shoe)
Looks like I am set for winter, right? Well, those first three Vibrams don't work for me when the temperatures are below 25 or so--which happens a lot in Illinois! Still, that leaves three pairs in my existing stable of shoes. Of course, that last one is really only for trails...so I have 2 pairs for roads. I suppose that's enough. With warm socks, I should be OK. Plus, I hope to adapt over the next month to cooler and colder temperatures so I can endure the bitter cold that will come later. I gave up on the VFFs quickly last winter. The Wave Universe has very open mesh on top and winds rip right through and cool your feet--great in summer--not so much in winter. The Osma is a nice shoe, but its VERY thin sole allows the ground cold to leak right through and chill your entire foot. Hmmm...maybe I'm not so set for winter minimalist running! If you are like me, you are always looking for the next "great shoe." Any excuse gets me looking for a new purchase. I've recently found a very interesting blog that is focused on minimalist shoes. You'll find pictures, reviews, manufacturer links, and lots of technical data (weight, heel to toe drop, sole thickness, tread, etc) on a variety of minimalist shoes. In addition to the data on running shoes, there are a few resources on good running form. Check them out here:
Minimalist Running Shoes
I've added them to my blog links on the right side bar. Where did I find this great resource? Where else, on the Google minimalist runner listserv. That group is THE BEST!
Any of you barefoot or minimalist runners have this winter running thing figured out?