Barefoot shoes in winter? Why not! Get through the cold season with warm feet in Affenzahn’s minimal shoes. Why? Here’s how.
With our winter shoes, we're taking our summer shoes to the next level. The sole itself is just as thin as in summer, but we’re putting on a layer of tread on or under them 😊. On the one hand, this ensures more warmth, but above all the extra layer provides support and grip when it’s slippery or muddy in winter. Our winter models also have a waterproof membrane. It does not let water in from the outside onto your feet, but it is still breathable, so it transports heat from the shoe to the outside. These “extra layers” are the reason why our winter models are slightly less flexible than the Affenzahn summer shoes. However, we are convinced that the advantages (waterproof and more grip) outweigh the disadvantages, especially for children in winter.
With the Affenzahn winter collection, we offer models for all “foot types”: if your child is more prone to sweaty feet and is more likely to travel in an urban environment, it may be that our “Knit Happy” is good enough even for the winter months. The Happy is slightly lighter with a so-called “cold lining”. The “Comfy” on the other hand comes with a warm lining and is our classic mini shoe for winter. Comfy is available in a vegan version in many bright colors and in a more classic look made from recycled wool. The “Snowy” is designed for really cold days and is ideal for areas where there is often snow in winter.
If you feel that your shoes aren't warm enough, or you have sweaty feet, we recommend experimenting with the choice of socks. With their natural shape, the Affenzahn shoes also offer enough space for a thicker pair of socks if you belong to the “cold-feet group”. If you tend to have sweaty feet, we recommend thinner cotton socks.
We recommend impregnating shoes with a membrane with a spray adapted to the upper material before you first wear them. To keep your feet warm all winter long, you should regularly re-impregate your shoes. This also protects your feet from the elements in the long term. The impregnation works best immediately after the shoe has been cleaned and dried. Learn how to clean your Affenzahn shoes here.
Barefoot shoes are ideal for children, as they ensure that children’s feet can develop in a healthy way. Winter temperatures, snow and mud are no obstacle. On the contrary! Affenzahn offers the right shoe for every requirement and ensures that you get through the cold season with dry and warm feet.