Vibram’s middle-of-the-road FiveFingers minimalist footwear works well for runners in moderate environments, but if you’ve still got cold feet about running “barefoot”, you’re not alone: those who lodge in colder climes are justifiably apprehensive about taking to the streets with only thin rubber separating feet from frigid elements. The Lontra ($150) answers our wintry wishes with extra protection.
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Cold water and slush are sealed out by multi-layer, water-resistant laminate uppers bonded together with taped seams; a moisture-wicking fleece liner ensures warmth; and a neoprene ankle cuff seals out invading ice water. If you get your masochistic kicks from running in freezing cold and dark weather, the Lontra’s reflective surfaces ensure vehicles aren’t on the list of things out to get you. Just remember: Popsicle toes are no treat.