Which is where I find myself now... with several long races coming up in March (4 miles, 1/2 marathon and a 7 miler) and no sneakers that are in any condition to take on even the training runs for those distances. In good weather I run in a minimalist shoe, either my New Balance Minimus Trail or Vibram Bikila's, but once the snow and ice lay down here in Upstate NY I need something more hardy. The kicker is that I don't want them to be bulky- I prefer to feel like I've got nothing on at all, and a lot of winter running shoes just feel clunky to me. I've been running in a pair of Adidas Adios Boosts, but they are beat and there is no way I make it through the next three months in tact with these shoes on. I had intended on just getting a new pair, but surprise, surprise they are nowhere to be found. So I picked up a pair of Men's Response Boost Tech Fit because I liked the way they felt in the store, but alas, they are not to be in terms of working for long distances. The arch is just slightly off and the shoe is cut a little higher and rubs on my ankle bone. I'm good for about 30 minutes and then suddenly I can feel every step.
So what does the runnerverse say? What should I be looking at for a winter running shoe that is as close to minimalist as possible, but that still provides some protection against the elements?