11:00 would be fine with me, and no worries if I have to wait a little, heck you might even beat me there, you never know about traffic especially going through Knoxville.
I am just wearing my trail runners (Salomon xa pro 3d ultra or whatever they call them now) I have worn them in a foot of snow and not had any issues. I do have the GT version as well, but I don't find them as comfortable as the regular version. I don't know anything about the Inov-8 288's but I did use the rocklite 295's for a couple of hundred miles. I loved the fit and the outsole was great, but they ended up giving me stress fractures so I went back to Salomon after six weeks in a boot. They are definitely a minimalist shoe, and apparently, my foot doesn't like that.