Vibram Fivefinger Shoes

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    Sep 02, 2010 12:58 AM GMT
    In the last few weeks I have seen 2 people wearing these shoes. I read about them on yahoo, I have talked to the 2 people wearing them. They all seem to love them, does anyone in here actually wear them? I heard they are supposed to be good for your feet, and you grow into wearing them more often. If you do, or do not, or will not wear them, why or why not? I was thinking about getting some.
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    Sep 02, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    In case you want some feedback from actual users, there are several existing threads on this topic. You can use the search function to find them.

    Personally, I think the concept is cool. But I wouldn't get them. Too dangerous to wear as normal running shoes. They might be ideal for running on a clean/smooth/padded running track or treadmill. But not for running on the streets. I look at the bottom of my running shoes and I usually see various objects embedded in the sole.. thorns, glass fragments, pebbles, etc.
  • chgobuzz1

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    Sep 02, 2010 6:48 AM GMT
    I just got the KSO version of them. I plan to wear them in the fall when it is cooler. Im someone who basically is not a fan of any shoes at all. So these are closer to being barefoot. I wear flips a lot when not seeing clients to my office in the summer and real shoes only when I have to. So for weather too cool for flips I will switch to these. I have run totally varefoot and my feet just get tough enough every summer and it feels great. No issues at all and wish I could go everywhere barefoot. I want to get another pair of Vibrams. It does take practice to fit your toes into the separate sections though. It is like walking around all day in your socks which is great. Im seeing more people wear them finally here in Chicago just out and about as normal shoes.
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    Sep 02, 2010 6:59 AM GMT
    Yea..xrichx has a good point, but there is some tread on the bottom of them. Im gonna go try a pair tomorrow and see how I feel about them then. BTW, I did search for fivefingers in the search and I got a screen name. Sooo, couldn't find anything.
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    Sep 02, 2010 7:00 AM GMT
    I've only known one guy who has them, and he wears them as everyday shoes.
    He swears they're the most comfy thing he's ever had on his feet.
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    Sep 02, 2010 7:12 AM GMT
    I totally love these shoes. They take a little bit to get used to, just in the fact that your legs are finally being used as nature intended. As a side effect of a natural stride all of the issues my legs had: sore knees, shin splints, etc. have gone away since I started using these about a year ago. Only downside is they can be a bit awkward to get on and they can smell. (Thankfully you can just toss them in the washing machine)!
  • cbrett

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    Sep 02, 2010 7:36 AM GMT
    a mate of mine wears them he really likes them, i have been researching them today and was about to buy a pair, now i will buy them and up date here once i get them and the web site im buying from is a australian one its barefootinc.com.au try searching under that name to find them
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    Sep 02, 2010 7:40 AM GMT
    I own a pair. I like them. They hurt my feet in the first week or so but I just had to break them in. Now im completely comfortable running in them.
  • Geoedward

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    Sep 03, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    This is probably a dumb question but what about socks?
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    Sep 03, 2010 3:24 PM GMT
    Geoedward saidThis is probably a dumb question but what about socks?


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    Sep 03, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    I have a a pair and i like them. They have multiple purposes so it's not only for running. I mostly use mine at the gym when i'm working out. They give me an all around better workout weather i'm running on the treadmill, lifting, stretching. I was doing my usual push ups the other day and notice a big difference which i wasn't looking for so was a surprise. They can be used in the water as well so i like that part but i def wouldn't going running around town in them.
  • bryjeepguy

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    Sep 03, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    RowBuddy said
    Geoedward saidThis is probably a dumb question but what about socks?


    there are "Toe" socks, but they are pointless because the shoe itself is basically a SOCK. There are no/few seams inside to rub on and its hugs your foot very naturally so you dont get chaffing. I had a little problem when I first started wearing it but I developed a callus on the outside of my big toe so now it does not bother me.


    injinji socks
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    Sep 03, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    dbm811 saidYea..xrichx has a good point, but there is some tread on the bottom of them. Im gonna go try a pair tomorrow and see how I feel about them then. BTW, I did search for fivefingers in the search and I got a screen name. Sooo, couldn't find anything.


    There has been a ton of discussion about them. See here:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/?searchtext=vibram

    I have two pairs and am buying more. I've run for up to 5 hours in them on really rooty rocky difficult stuff.

    They suck for fire-road running but are great for hiking up/down. They're generally crappy on too much real mud. Despite being Vibram, the compound isn't sticky in mud or soft sand.

    But for mild grade or slower hike or flat out running on smoother stuff they're pretty awesome.

    My default is to wear them everywhere if possible, other than business meetings. Although I'm often tempted...
  • neosyllogy

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    Sep 03, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    RowBuddy saidA harvard researcher did a study on "barefoot running"
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    That was a cool video, thanks.
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    Sep 03, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
    I've had a pair of VFF KSOs since February. I had been running in the Nike Free 3.0 for a year prior, and the Nike Free 7.0 for about a year and a half prior to that. I <3 my VFFs and run exclusively in them.

    As far as safety is concerned, they're different from regular socks in that the sole is made of puncture-proof neoprene. I've run straight through a layer of broken glass on a city sidewalk wearing them. My feet were completely unharmed and not a single piece of glass wedged into the sole.

    As anyone in the barefoot running community would say, "Heaven forbid you watch where you're going!"
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    Sep 03, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    I appreciate everybody's replies, I am on my way over to see them now. I doubt I will buy them today because I can find them cheaper online, than at the store here in town that carries them. But I am gonna go find out which size I should order.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 03, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    Geoedward saidThis is probably a dumb question but what about socks?


    They make the socks to go with the shoes, my friend.

    I have a friend that absolutely LIVES in his. He runs in them and wears them for casual times too. He swears by them and has been after me to get a pair. I did see a retail outlet in Mt. Dora, FL, north of Orlando, that had them and made a sincere attempt to try them on. No luck, but I will give it a go another time. There are very few places where you can buy these on the retail level, so if you're wanting a pair, go to their website.
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    Sep 03, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    So I actually just bought a pair for myself last Sunday. So far I've only run in them twice. I am used to running like 5 miles without feeling a thing, but for whatever reason, my anterior tibialis has been tightening up really quickly when I run in them. Thus I am taking it slowly as I had been advised by a friend who jumped to 10 miles in them and ended up getting a stress fracture because of it. I have, however, been wearing them throughout the day and have been wearing them to the gym. We'll see how it turns out, but thus far, I really do like them. Also, when you first get them, make sure you run on grass and not directly on concrete. The impact is just too much early on.
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    Sep 03, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
    I think they look awesome, Ive heard great things about them too.

    But I could never use them; I have to wear special shoes and inserts to correct my gait. I have had a knee and ankle injury due to my ephed up "natural" gait (im flat footed..very very little arch). So the only solution is to wear specialized shoes and inserts to correct the problem. You should buy them and try them out, then write a post about it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 03, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    dbm811 saidI appreciate everybody's replies, I am on my way over to see them now. I doubt I will buy them today because I can find them cheaper online, than at the store here in town that carries them. But I am gonna go find out which size I should order.


    When you find out what size you are, know that the size is specific to that model. Some of them have different things by the toes which changes the sizes. Like in the KSOs I am a 41, but in the KSO Sport Trek, I am a 41. Small differences, but they make a big impact.
  • swimbikerun

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    Sep 03, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    I'm going to be the odd man out here but I'm not really crazy about mine. True, I did a run on concrete/pavement with them. They are pretty thin and I have high arches so maybe that is the issue. I got huge blisters which didn't heal for weeks.

    They are great on grass but you might as well just run barefoot. I'm simply more comfortable in regular running shoes.

    For everyday use I prefer Chaco Sandals:

    http://www.chacousa.com/US/en-US/Gallery.mvc.aspx/M-SAND/Mens/Sandals
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    Sep 03, 2010 10:01 PM GMT
    The glue dissolves at 60 degrees Celcius so never wash them on warm or more than 40.

    I like mine but all the socks you can get are thick cotton so I'm think about getting something flat and thin without toes so I can wear some good lifter socks. I scrape my shins awfully right now. Any suggestions?
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 12, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/dog-gets-used-to-new-hiking-boots/20n13m7b?rel=msn&from=sharepermalink


    Hey look! Vibrams for dogs!!