Comment from: ugo [Visitor]

Looks interesting for me here in Québec...i'm searching for the best alternative for walking and running in our rought winter here in Canada. The on ly thing i'm not sure is if they are warm enought?

Do the size and width is similar to the MT20?

Do you have other option of minimalist winter shoes or boots? I know that Vivo Barefoot have some but they are very expensive...there's also some all weather models from skechers with their Go line and from Saucony with the Hattori but not made for cold weather i guess.

Thanks for the review and keep the good work!

02/11/13 @ 17:01
Comment from: Jeepman [Visitor]

Thanks for the nice review. I tend to agree with most of what you wrote about the MT110W. I understand your caution in dealing with those of us that are more hard core minimalists. However, let me put you at ease and drop this little treat: In my opinion the MT110W is a better winter time running shoe than the VFF Lontra. There you go, and yes I did just type that. I own both and I actually prefer the MT110W over the Lontra.

02/11/13 @ 19:05
Comment from: Will [Visitor]

I picked up a pair of these too. I live in Vermont, and I can't stand running on a treadmill. We have serious winters up here, so running outside, especially on trails takes planning. So far they've worked pretty well. Has taken some getting used to all the padding, but the thing that bothers me most is actually the lack of traction. On bare dirt and roads, it's fine, but in actual snow they're not quite aggressive enough. I think they'll be perfect for our long "mud season" come spring time though. Guess we'll have to see.

02/12/13 @ 05:44
Comment from: [Member]

@Will - Thanks for the extra note about traction issues. I was hoping that someone in more snowy conditions would fill in any holes in my review!

@Jeepman - I don't think you're the only one with that opinion. I've heard some rumblings about extreme stiffness and poor traction in the Lontra.

@ugo - I'm pretty tall and have poor circulation in my extremities as a result, so my feet tend to get really cold really quickly. But that didn't happen with MT110W. My feet stayed warm and dry the whole time.

I've not tried a pair of MT20s, so I can't comment on that. But these boots were based on the original MT110s, so if you can find a pair of those in the store it's a safe bet that the fit will be close to identical. The main difference between that and the boot is the addition of the gaiter.

As far as other options I fortunately don't have to deal with extreme weather all that often so my experience there is somewhat limited. The main other option that I've had my eye on is the Merrell Pulse Glove. They have a high and low top version. But again, price is a factor. Unfortunately I think that most winter-specific running shoes out there are going to cause sticker shock.

02/12/13 @ 11:16
Comment from: gary [Visitor]

I live in New Brunswick Canada and have a pair of these as well.

In my opinion, they're the only option for keeping your feet dry and warm in the wintertime. They're great when running in the wet and slush. Only the back of my calves get wet now.

But they have bad traction on ice, ok traction on fresh snow, and poor traction on packed snow (IE - tire tracks). But really, what regular running shoe has good traction on ice/snow?

All in all, I'm really happy to have these shoes and I plan on using them on the messy days.

02/13/13 @ 11:50
Comment from: robb. [Visitor]

@ugo -- i used to own a pair of saucony hattori. they are definitely not winter-specific, and they are not waterproof. they are also not as minimal as the stack height might suggest because it's almost all foam. other shoes of that stack height have some combination of foam and rubber that improves ground feel. they are great shoes for long distance running, but i've been happier in more minimal shoes after them.

02/13/13 @ 13:42
Comment from: Phil [Visitor]

I've been searching for a pair of minimalist kicks for basketball and looks like this could work. The stack would actually make landing slightly more bearable and the 4mm drop isn't bad when compared to conventional humongous basketball shoes. Greg can I have your thoughts on this as you've tested them?

02/20/13 @ 22:39
Comment from: [Member]

@Phil - Hm, that's an interesting one. Unless you're playing primarily outdoors on an icy/snowy court, I'm not sure I'd recommend them for basketball. Your feet will get VERY warm very fast unless it's pretty cold wherever you're playing. These shoes have gotten some criticism for not getting enough traction on snow/ice because the nugs are so small, but on the flip side they're definitely too big for a basketball court.

Honestly if I was to recommend something minimalist for basketball, I'd go with some Inov-8s. Not just because I prefer minimalist, but because I've always had a preference for cross-training sort of shoes over basketball shoes whenever I've played. (I don't like a lot of padding or ankle support.) Look for a minimalist pair that has more than the typical smooth sole that many minimalist ones have. Inov-8 has several pairs that have tread that'd probably be good on the court.

There's a sale on Inov8s over at The Clymb right now. (If you aren't already signed up, feel free to use my link: Disclosure: I get site credit if you sign up via my link. Or you could sign up using this link and it'll give the credit to Birthday Shoes:

02/21/13 @ 09:41
Comment from: barry kotheimer [Visitor]
barry kotheimer

I have worn multi pairs of new balance minimus trail shoes and wear no socks. Would you typically order a half size up with the 110 assuming at least a thin to medium sock to be worn in winter? Or do they manufacture these taking that into account and suggest ordering your normal size?
Thank you for any feedback

10/18/13 @ 10:09
Comment from: pete gold [Visitor]
pete gold

For what its worth--a little belatedly--the sizing is large due to the removal of the inner "sock" from the shoe. so if you wear a size 9.5 in the 110 you will probably go to a size 9 in the gaitered winter version. If not an 8.5 even.
Hope this helps.

04/04/14 @ 11:10
Comment from: Ben Ivey [Visitor]
Ben Ivey

I live in Alabama and I injured my left ankle severely in a car accident some years ago. I am always on the lookout for comfortable running/hiking shoes. I was intrigued by these and recently bought a pair. I plan on hiking in the Sipsey forest here in Alabama this weekend to "break them in" and then I am going to New Hampshire and give them a thorough work out. So far, they feel really comfortable (tight/supportive on my ankle) and I am happy with the purchase.

05/22/14 @ 17:43
Comment from: NB [Visitor]

Great shoes. I wear them in the snow and rain in the northeast.
Pros: Weaterproof(ish). Good traction. Warm in the winter. Comfortable. Minimal enough.
Cons: Tight ankle wrap - needs narrow ankles and a tall sock to prevent blisters. Doesn't breathe well - my feet get too wet inside the shoe after 60 minutes of running. Poor quality - the sole falls away from the fabric after 6 uses. Spent $160 and now they leak and will fall apart soon.
Overall: Great idea. Good design. Poor execution.

09/15/15 @ 20:54

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