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Alpine – Snow Boot

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Sizing:

92% "Felt true to size"

Based on 12 user reviews

Women's Sizing:

70% "Felt true to size"

Based on 27 user reviews

The Xero Shoes Alpine Winter Snow Boots offer a zero-drop midsole and excellent traction against slippery surfaces. It's made of 100% vegan-friendly materials and suitable for those walking or hiking during the winter season.

Most suitable for:

Winter hiking

Minimal Meter:

Ok minimalist standards, but can be better

What does it mean?

Manufacture Short Description

Wintertime Natural Comfort

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Review Summary

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to give up the barefoot or minimalist walking lifestyle for the season. While the Xero Alpine Snow Boot doesn’t give the ultimate ground feel, it still promotes natural movement with its flexibility and lighter weight traditional boots don’t offer.

  • PROS
  • The Xero Shoes Alpine Snow Boot is genuinely waterproof and keeps your feet dry.
  • Made with durable construction, holding up to long walks on sharp snow
  • Offers polyester insulation and heat-reflective insole, so your feet stay warm during the very cold weather
  • Enough flexibility and a thin outsole to help encourage natural movement
  • CONS
  • These Alpine winter boots don’t have enough grip and traction over slick and icy surfaces.
  • While the boots have a zero-drop outsole, experienced barefoot walkers may not find that the boots have enough ground feel.

Detailed Review

The Xero Alpine Snow Boot is insulated and waterproof, offering flexibility and zero-drop features barefoot, and minimalist walkers will enjoy. It provides enough protection from the harsh winter elements but is still light enough to give you an adequate ground feel. This is made for winter, whether you’re walking in the city or hiking with traction devices.

Materials

The Xero Shoes Alpine Snow Boot is made of 100% vegan-friendly materials. The company believes in an ‘Environmentally Intelligent’ design, which is why they do their best to use vegan and renewable materials with their shoes, whenever possible. While Xero Shoes’ main goal is to promote the benefits of our feet’ natural movement, they do their best to use vegan-friendly products.

Like other Xero shoe models, the Alpine Snow Boots have a 5.5mm FeelTrue rubber sole with a bigger chevron pattern. This adds to its traction and grip. While the boots can grip well over snowy surfaces, reviewers say they can’t handle slick and icy conditions very well. But take note that what does grip on ice are only soles with spikes and studs. You can use traction devices on your feet if you plan to walk or hike on icy surfaces.

The Alpine Snow Boots are made with a seam-sealed inner and water-resistant membrane if you’re worried about the snow and moisture. It is waterproof, so no snow, water, or moisture will come in unless water goes over your ankle. You can walk in slushy and splashy conditions, and the boots still keep your feet dry.

Zero-Drop

The Alpine Snow Boot has a zero-drop feature, meaning that it is non-elevated from the toe to the heel. Furthermore, the boots have a flexible outsole. It’s bendier than other winter boots but only touches the bare minimum of being a minimalist barefoot boot. The boot’s forefoot would only bend slightly, which veteran barefoot walkers won’t be impressed with.

That said, people just beginning their barefoot walking journey may still appreciate the boots and find enough ground feel and experience more natural movement compared to traditional shoes.

Style

You can find the Alpine Snow Boot in four different colorways, depending on your preference. You can choose between gray, green with brown lining, all black, and black with white lining.

As the name suggests, the footwear was inspired by Alpine design snow boots, purpose-built made for the winter. It has a puffy material looking like a snowsuit. These boots are best for minor hikes or walking on trails or grasses, but their style isn’t best suited for around-town outfits. The boot design can work with pants or weather clothing, but not too much with skirts and dresses.

Fit and Sizing

In the true style of most Xero shoe models, the Alpine Snow Boot has a Huarache-inspired strap design. This helps with the shoe’s fit. 

As for its sizing, Xero shoes recommend that you order about half a size up. A few Alpine snow boots reviews have recommended getting one size up if you have wider feet so that you can wear thicker or double socks during frigid weather. 

Also, it is best to get the Alpine Snow Boot for men if you have wider feet and the women’s version for narrower feet. These shoes have a lot of room inside and are generously sized so that you won’t experience tightness or discomfort. 

How It Feels

When reviewers tested the Alpine Snow Boot straight out of the box, the boots’ soles don’t bend a lot, specifically in the area where the toes bend naturally. This won’t change over time, though its uppers will soften. 

Reviewers have noticed that the upper part of the boots, which fold over the toes, feel tough and like it’s pushed in when they first tried the boots on. However, the hardness lessened and the upper felt more comfortable after a few walks and hikes with the boots. Apart from the tough upper, there aren’t uncomfortable areas that may hurt the skin.

The Alpine Snow Boot offers 200g polyester insulation rated up to -25 / -32 degrees C in terms of warmth. It also has a heat-reflective insole, keeping feet warm when the weather hits -9 degrees C.

Is the Xero Alpine a Good Minimalist Winter Boot?

Overall, the Xero Shoes Alpine Snow Boot is one of the best minimalist winter boots available for extreme cold. These boots offer superior temperature regulation and waterproof features to keep your feet warm and dry during cold snow days.  It does have a significant disadvantage because of its lack of flexibility, though take note that it’s challenging to strike a balance between foot protection and a minimalist feel during the cold winter season. 

With all the features mentioned, the boots are enough for newbie barefoot walkers to enjoy and those who need extreme cold protection and still want to keep a minimalist way of life.

Admittedly, it’s challenging to design winter boots to be 100% barefoot when dealing with the extreme cold. However, Xero does its best to keep the Alpine snow boots as minimalist as possible. The company balances foot health with warmth and protection with the Alpine Snow Boot. This balance makes the boots a good choice if you’d like something protective but encouraging enough natural movement during the winter season.

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FAQ

Is it waterproof?

Yes, it is! These boots have a waterproof membrane and inner lining, keeping your feet dry as you walk around snowy areas. Water only makes its way to the boot when water or snow goes above your ankles.

How’s the temperature regulation?

These boots offer thermal qualities adequate for winter hikes. According to Xero Shoes, they can handle temperatures as low as -32 degrees C. The heat rating is enough since your feet retain warmth as you walk.

How’s the traction?

These boots have a bigger sole pattern than other Xero shoe models to better grip snowy and slippery surfaces. However, it can’t handle slick and icy conditions as well as one would expect of snow boots.

How easy is it to put the boots on and off?

It’s relatively easy to wear and take off the boots, just like any typical winter boot. As long as you get the right size, you won’t have trouble with the fit.

Are the Alpine Men’s Snow Boots lightweight?

The men’s size 9 weigh 422 grams each, which is light for winter boots.

Can the boots keep moisture away well?

These boots can have great moisture protection, with Alpine Snow Boots reviews saying that water flowed around the boot and did not seep into the boots at all.

What other special features do the boots offer?

The boots provide what you need for the winter weather. It has thermal insulation, zero-drop outsoles, enough traction, and waterproof features so you can enjoy a lovely day out in the snow while your feet stay warm.

Specs

Brand Xero Shoes
Model Alpine - Snow Boot
Style Shoes
Activity Type Hiking
Terrain Off Road
Eco Friendly Vegan
Design Boots
Materials Polyester, Rubber
Season Colder, Colder Whether
Sole Attributes Enhanced Grip, Enhanced Traction, Slip Resistant
Water Protection Waterproof
Weight 422g per 43 men's
Width
Heel Toe Drop 0

Manufacture Short Description

Wintertime Natural Comfort

Manufacture Full Description

 

The Alpine overall is an amazing boot for the cold.

– Jason N.

Enjoy that crisp winter weather in the Alpine – your fully-waterproof, lightweight, minimalist snow boot

Now you don’t need to sacrifice comfort and natural movement when the temperature starts to fall and snow is in the air (and on the ground).

Waterproof, cozy, and warm!

The Alpine keeps the wet out with a fully seam-sealed inner bootie and a water-resistant membrane in the boot’s upper.

The insulated polyester fleece lining keeps those piggies nice and warm. And a heat-reflective insole adds to the winter-friendly comfort. And, yes, you can remove the insole for an even more “barefoot” feeling.
The Alpine has 200g insulation, rated to -25°/-32°C, so they should keep your feet warm no matter where your adventures take you.
Lightweight and grippy

A men’s 9 weighs just 14.9 ounces each, a luggy tread gives you sure-footed traction, and a flexible, non-elevated (zero-drop) sole lets your foot move naturally.

Plus, the Alpine is made from 100% vegan-friendly materials.

Whether you wear the Alpine for a romp in the snow or after you slip off your ski boots, remember…

Life-changing comfort and superior performance come from using your feet naturally.

That’s what Xero Shoes let you do.

Natural Fit. Natural Motion. Natural Feel.

Plus Xero Shoes are backed with a 5,000-mile sole warranty.

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Manufacture Full Description

 

The Alpine overall is an amazing boot for the cold.

– Jason N.

Enjoy that crisp winter weather in the Alpine – your fully-waterproof, lightweight, minimalist snow boot

Now you don’t need to sacrifice comfort and natural movement when the temperature starts to fall and snow is in the air (and on the ground).

Waterproof, cozy, and warm!

The Alpine keeps the wet out with a fully seam-sealed inner bootie and a water-resistant membrane in the boot’s upper.

The insulated polyester fleece lining keeps those piggies nice and warm. And a heat-reflective insole adds to the winter-friendly comfort. And, yes, you can remove the insole for an even more “barefoot” feeling.
The Alpine has 200g insulation, rated to -25°/-32°C, so they should keep your feet warm no matter where your adventures take you.
Lightweight and grippy

A men’s 9 weighs just 14.9 ounces each, a luggy tread gives you sure-footed traction, and a flexible, non-elevated (zero-drop) sole lets your foot move naturally.

Plus, the Alpine is made from 100% vegan-friendly materials.

Whether you wear the Alpine for a romp in the snow or after you slip off your ski boots, remember…

Life-changing comfort and superior performance come from using your feet naturally.

That’s what Xero Shoes let you do.

Natural Fit. Natural Motion. Natural Feel.

Plus Xero Shoes are backed with a 5,000-mile sole warranty.

Check out these reviews from Alpine wearers

Expert reviews

User reviews:

Specs

Brand Xero Shoes
Model Alpine - Snow Boot
Style Shoes
Activity Type Hiking
Terrain Off Road
Eco Friendly Vegan
Design Boots
Materials Polyester, Rubber
Season Colder, Colder Whether
Sole Attributes Enhanced Grip, Enhanced Traction, Slip Resistant
Water Protection Waterproof
Weight 422g per 43 men's
Width
Heel Toe Drop 0

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