I really enjoyed the winter footwear series. With that newfound knowledge, I'm attempting to put together my footwear gear for this winter. The core piece of it is that I'd like to have zero-drop shoes. I've been hiking in VFF's for over 2 years now, and each winter it gets harder and harder to put on even non zero-dropped trail running shoes, let alone the beastly hand me down boots I have. So, I'm looking into whether it's possible to have this type of shoe, as long as I have a working sock layering system.
Merrell Barefoot (versions being: Trail glove = ultra breathable, Sonic = softshell, and Embark = goretex)
New Balance NB110 / Minimus
any others I'm missing?
This would be pretty exclusively for hiking in 30 degrees and below temps. I live in Virginia, so the footwear system should be ok down to 0, but not planning on going much lower than that. I'm looking to get forty below camp booties for camp, so not too worried about long periods of standing around. I have liner socks, heavy wool socks, and gaiters. Would look to get insulated footbed, a VBL, and potentially gore-tex socks/seal skinz to help make up for lack of insulation in the shoe itself.
Anybody do winter hiking in a zero-dropped shoe? If so, what have your experiences been like? Which shoe? Understandably, a lot is about fit, but outside of that, do you prefer having the goretex shoe or not (breathable + gore tex socks)? What kind of sock setup do you use? Looking for any advice that you can give...thanks!