Alright- I'm sorry to add yet another question about shoes but in searching through ALL the forum discussions, I've yet to find a good referral for a winter running shoe. I'm running in VFF's and the NB Minimus and don't mind them at all. However, these minimal shoes are low cut around the ankles and highly breathable, etc. and that isn't the most comfortable for IA winter running. So I'm asking for suggestions for winter shoes, please.
Both Merrell and New Balance have winter friendly shoes with built-in gators for next winter (not sure of the timing).
For myself I use and prefer the breathable shoes because my feet sweat too much otherwise and get wetter than the great combo of wool and a breathable shoe. My preference is huaraches (Lunas), and I use a boiled wool tabi sock with them for conditions below 20˚F. Microspikes or YakTrax work great for traction.
I use invo-8 shoes in the winter, very light and has good grip for the snow and my feet stay dry.
Hi Petra, which invo-8 shoes are you wearing and enjoying?
I use the X-Talon. It's an off road running shoe so I use it on the trails in the summer and then in the snow in winter.
Hi Mindy. I have been using the Merrell Lithe Glove this winter and have been enjoying them. They have a soft shell upper and are warm enough for the mild winters on the west coast of Canada. I love the fit, grip and feel. My only beef is that with the soft shell like upper they don't drain well and ripped up my feet a bit after a really muddy, wet snow run last week. It didn't occur to me to use gators but sounds like that might take care of the mud-in-shoe-chaffed-feet problem. Good luck on the shoe quest!