Winter running in Vibram FiveFingers shoes: revisited
Last year I wrote about experimenting with winter running in Vibram FiveFingers shoes. The experiment basically failed, once it got too cold or snowy/icy.
This year, because it has been “warm” (for example, today it was 37 degrees F), the story has been different. I have been able sometimes to run outside on the roads in my Vibram FiveFingers Bikila LS shoes, and without socks, even.
Here are the conditions under which I am able to do this:
- temperature above freezing
- no ice
- no puddles of melted or melting water
- running on roads or sidewalks
One drawback is that even when the trails of Frick Park are runnable (with a bit of residual snow and ice), wearing FiveFingers out there is not advisable. I wear standard mono-toed shoes when trail running now if I do it at all.
As long as there are no cold water or ice danger issues, I will experiment with continuing to run in FiveFingers shoes, adding Injinji socks when it gets colder.comments powered by Disqus