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Fantastic shoes for Winter/wet runs
on January 19, 2013
After trying several of the newer varieties of Vib Five Fingers hoping to keep my feet dry on wet muddy trails, and I really have liked my Five Fingers over the years, I gave these Merrell Embark Glove GTX (Goretex) shoes a try. New snow on the ground, wet and very muddy, and I am so impressed and very, very pleased with these shoes. They do not rub the back of my feet, or anywhere else for that matter with wool socks, and are very warm and dry. My last run included Gaiters and even in deeper water crossings where I thought for sure my feet would get wet...dryness prevailed. Several of other things that I really love about these shoes are that you naturally stay on the front part of your feet when on the run so the 'barefoot' experience is maintained quite well while the added protection in the toe box has these now my first choice n shoes for my mountain runs on the AT and Catoctin NP. I've found them to be very sure footed in
snow/ice packed conditions. Frankly, these will be my first choice in foot wear for all sorts of conditions and even for just walking around on rainy days. Well made they appear to be durable. One of the piss-offs I've had with my Vibrams have been quality, especially where sole meets uppers around the inside step of the big toe. No such problems with these shoes! They are tough runners and clean up in a jiff.