I have been wearing the VIVOBAREFOOT Scott for some time now and I have been very pleased with it. We first mentioned this shoe in the VIVOBAREFOOT winter range write-up last fall. I wanted to write about the Scott's cold weather capabilities but winter hasn’t really started up in the part of Europe where I live (Toe Salad readers in North America will probably frown when they read this).
Where most socks these days have padding zones, air channels and even ankle bandages Woolpower socks are still just no-frills socks made out of a mix of merino wool, polyamide, polyester and elastane. Does that make them inferior to all those high tech socks?
Since their inception, Unshoes has been working towards making the purchase and use of huarache sandals a no-brainer. They have always used flat webbing for comfort, and eschewed the requirement for complicated lacing patterns or a knot under the toe. Additionally, they were one of the first huarache companies to develop designs that don't require a strap between the toes (although they do have between-the-toes designs too). Now, they are in the process of revolutionizing the way you size your footwear.
The Cinch is just one model in the ZEMgear trans-seasonal line. While the Cinch is only offered in men and women’s sizes, ZEMgear also has the Hero and the Apex which are offered for children and adults. All shoes in this line are constructed with a multi-seasonal goal in mind; expanding the wear time into colder and wetter conditions.
Trail gaiters have a simple job to do, and are at their best when they do it with minimal material. Designing a gaiter which keeps pebbles and sand out of a shoe is easy. Building a light one which disappears in use while staying attached through thick brush, stream crossings, and the occasional bout of postholing is another matter entirely.