My friends know I am a strong proponent of Vibram’s Five Finger “toe shoes.” I have been wearing them almost exclusively since I discovered them in July 2009. I have six pairs, of differing colors, materials, and purpose. Some I wear in the gym. Others are meant for general “casual” use. I have a pair of the Flow model, which are neoprene and designed for cold weather.
Or, should I say, semi-cold weather. Because even with the thick material, in the winter these shoes may not be right for every situation. The other day my toes were FREEZING.
So I’ve been looking for a pair of boots that will give me as close to a barefoot experience as I can get, and still keep my feet warm. Turns out is not an easy thing to find — most boots have big, thick soles. I wanted as little sole as possible.
After some research, I found my solution.
It’s sheepskin boots — like UGG, only a different brand. UGGs have a sole that is too thick, and they are way too expensive. Instead, I went straight to a maker in New Zealand, Kiwi Sheepskins. Their mid-calf EVA sole boot is perfect. The sole is lightweight and relatively thin, and the workmanship is absolutely fantastic. I paid much less than I would have for UGGs and got something much closer to what I wanted.
I’ve treated my boots with water repellant (don’t tell UGG I used their brand) and they have been serving me well in my mild Maryland winter.
Would this solution work in, say, Michigan or Minnesota? I don’t know. If you are from truly northern climes, where you get real snow and cold, let me know how they work for you!