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:

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.

Vibram Bikila LS by ice

Vibram Bikila LS by ice on Frick trail

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.

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