Help me find a pair of shoes and/or boots to wear while my Nike Frees hibernate for the winter!
I wear Nike Free 5.0s, and I love them. They're flexible, breathable, they provide great traction, and my feet feel stronger after wearing them for over a year. However, they're absolute hell in the winter; breeze cuts right through them to the point where it feels like I'm wearing socks, and snow soaks the soft outer lining pretty easily.
So, this is kind of a two-part question:
1. Are there any flexible shoes that keep one's feet warm?
Nike Frees are terribly insulated, and I feel like a Vibram or Jinga
will have a sole that is way too thin.
2. If not, what is a good men's winter shoe/boot?
Basketball shoes work well enough, but provide neither traction nor flexibility, so I would like something that does at least one or the other. I'd prefer it not be something huge and clunky (I like light shoes, duh,) but those are inherent qualities of boots.
(Other background: I live in Grand Rapids, MI, so I have to walk through deep-ish snow from December-April. My feet aren't typically cold, so I don't need something super-insulating; just enough to keep the wind and water off them for a half-hour walk. If I need to jog or play sports, I'll bust out the Frees and call it good.)