Sandals and Cold Weather
It’s time to answer a question I get at least once a week (even in the middle of Summer people ask me this). And the question is:
There are a few options. But let me preface them by saying that the only times I’ve worn anything other than my huaraches since September 2009 are:
That said, here are the answers to coping with the cold
First answer: You’ll adapt.
I’m not superhuman, or missing nerve endings. I’ve adapted. And I’m NOTHING compared to my friend from Runbare.com, Michael Sandler. Check out THIS:
Think about it, our ancestors lived in some mighty cold places without shoes for quite a while. You can, too. Now, granted, they grew up that way and adapted, but you’ll be amazed at how much your body will adapt if you give it time.
My first Winter after I started wearing huaraches was a cold one. And I didn’t wear my Xero Shoes the whole time. But by the 2nd Winter, it never occurred to me to wear anything else, unless I knew I’d be spending a LOT of time outside, mostly standing on frozen ground.
I figured I’d put on shoes if I felt the need… and the next thing I knew it was Spring.
Here’s the video I just shot, after we got 18″+ of snow in Boulder in 2011. It’s about 15 degrees out.
What I did is this:
Lena wants me point out that you should check the Wiki about frostbite so you don’t do something stupid and get hurt
Okay, the second answer: Get some oversized wool socks (think “socks + flip flops”)
You’ll need to loosen your lacing to get the socks on, but that’ll help.
The third answer: Try a pair of toe socks. More specifically, try ToeSox.
The fourth answer: Change the way you run.
In other words, if you feet can’t adapt, your brain can… don’t go out for a 10 mile run if your feet get cold after 1 mile.
Try something like what I did in my shoveling video:
Oh, there is a fifth answer… but I can’t tell you what it is yet. Stay tuned
And, hopefully obviously, people who suffer from neuropathy or other loss of sensation in the feet should take precautions to ensure their feet are properly insulated in all conditions.