I've been wearing my Luna Leadvilles with toe socks and tabi socks over top when it's really cold out. It's worked out well for the most part, but my feet still get a little cold in low temperatures. Not a big problem, really, but I was hoping to find something a little warmer. I tried my VB Neo Trails on a run in snow the other day. They worked alright, but I prefer my sandals for running in. Truth be told, I think my Leadvilles give my soles more protection than the Neo Trails.
Anyway, the other day I got a blog update from Unshoes, talking about using Pah Tempes with regular socks in winter. I had some Pah Tempes I got a couple of months ago, but I haven't worn them because they hurt my foot that I had injured, due to residual swelling. I tried the Pah Tempes on again and wore them around the house, and they felt good. I guess the swelling in my foot is gone now. (Yay!)
This morning it was 3f on Weather.com (our thermometer showed 8 or 9f). I decided to wear my smartwool toe socks, with drymax lite trail socks over top. My feet were toasty warm. I went through some snow, at times drifts of about 8 inches. Even in the snow, my feet were warm. I did have to stop after the deep drifts to get the snow and ice from between my sandals and socks, but that was it. During the last mile or so I did notice the Pah Tempes are just a little heavier than the Leadvilles, 5.1 ounces for the Pah Tempes vs. 3.5 for the Leadvilles. But I didn't notice it for any other part of my 6 mile run and attribute it to fatigue more than anything.
Bottom line: two thumbs up for the Pah Tempes with socks in the winter. And thanks to TFox for suggesting it and for great sandals!
Unshoes Pah Tempes on my run today
Blog entry posted by PB Junkie, Jan 12, 2013.