Five Finger Vibrams

  • Jayjames

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    Apr 20, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    Any other runners out there who have fallen in love with Vibrams?
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    Apr 20, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    Yup! Been running in mine since Feb or last year. But spring 2011 is a good year for minimalist shoes in general icon_cool.gif

    New Balance Minimus Trail
    http://www.newbalance.com/nb-minimus/

    Altra Adams
    http://altrarunning.com/mens/adam/#
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    Apr 20, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    LOVE 'em. I just got a new pair of Komodo's 2 days ago! I've been a convert for about a year now and having suffered pretty severe shin splints from regular running shoes, I haven't had a problem in over a year with Vibrams! KSOs were great, and the Komodos are even BETTER!
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    Apr 20, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    I want some so badly. Does anyone know if they need to be replaced as often as running shoes?
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    Apr 20, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    I bought a pair, and I just don't find them comfortable. And, after a week of wearing them, they stink something fierce... far worse than any regular athletic shoe I've ever worn. I wash my Asics about once a year to brighten them up a bit. The Vibrams have to be washed once a week; that's way too high maintenance for me.
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    Apr 20, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    I tried on a pair last week and I didn't like the feel at all.
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    Apr 20, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    paradox saidI bought a pair, and I just don't find them comfortable. And, after a week of wearing them, they stink something fierce... far worse than any regular athletic shoe I've ever worn. I wash my Asics about once a year to brighten them up a bit. The Vibrams have to be washed once a week; that's way too high maintenance for me.


    I've had mine for 2 years now and I've never washed them and they don't smell at all. I think you just have stinky feet! icon_lol.gif
  • Jayjames

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    Apr 21, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    I have a couple of mates who wear them all day everyday now.....



    I wouldn't go that far, but I understand why they do, COMFY!
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    Apr 21, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    I have a pair and loved them, but over did it in the transition period to barefoot running by which I went from a high end Mizuno cushioning running shoe to Vibrams and injured myself in the sense that I know have a Neuroma left foot - metatarsal area, so currently waiting it to subside and taking anti-inflammatory medication. So my podiatrist recommends a low profile shoe and slowly move back in to the Vibrams, which I will be doing. In essence, I was doing 4 to 5 miles during the week and then 7-8 miles on the weekends, but I push to hard to soon in a period of 4 months. I did not run when I had pain, but should have waited longer in the recovery period prior to moving the mileage...so my recommendation is to start slow, and listend to your body.
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    Apr 21, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    I've stopped wearing mine. They are only good for certain exercises and even at that they are not much more beneficial than regular running/training shoes. I would rather just lug around one pair of shoes in my gym bag.

    Plus I've accidentally kicked equipment with my vibrams on and my foot would hurt like a mother fucker. ow.
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    Apr 21, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    Love 'em icon_biggrin.gif

    I have wide feet, so they feel great!
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    Apr 21, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    I love mine, to an extreme extent my favorite shoes on earth. So i go a bunch of my friends hooked on them too.
  • tcmdoc

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    Apr 21, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    I love mine. They were my segue into barefoot running. I still use them if I'm trying out a new trail or haven't gone barefoot in a while (like now, since winter's ended) though. Watch out for the stones - I feel like they hurt more w/the five-fingers on than off.
    *And I haven't had any trouble with mine smelling either - I just throw them in the wash machine if they get too dusty.
  • HawkShep

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    Apr 21, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    I love mine. I've got the Bikila LS and a pair of the Treksport ones as well. I mostly wear them for running as they're way easier on my shins. the sensation of feeling each toe "grip" the ground, especially on an incline is awesome!
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    tcmdoc saidI love mine. They were my segue into barefoot running. I still use them if I'm trying out a new trail or haven't gone barefoot in a while (like now, since winter's ended) though. Watch out for the stones - I feel like they hurt more w/the five-fingers on than off.
    *And I haven't had any trouble with mine smelling either - I just throw them in the wash machine if they get too dusty.




    Good advice


    Mine don't smell, but I use a shoe deodorizer spray every now and then
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:54 AM GMT
    I love mine. Got the KSO's and have only had mild discomfort. Love using them to cross train, speed rope, etc. Mine don't stink either since I spray with deodorizer/anti--bacterial stuff. I want to get the Komodosport ones that just came out.
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    Apr 21, 2011 8:26 AM GMT
    I have really flat feet and I think they would actually cause more problem for me. I want to try them but once I told my doc that my feet make suction sounds when I get out of the shower he shot me down
  • Twenty_Someth...

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    Apr 21, 2011 8:41 AM GMT
    I thought this said five finger vibrators!!! LOL, I was like "this is going to be intresting. icon_lol.gif
  • Jayjames

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    Apr 21, 2011 9:18 AM GMT
    bpguru saidI thought this said five finger vibrators!!! LOL, I was like "this is going to be intresting. icon_lol.gif


    Shall we start a new thread? Hehe
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    I stopped using mine for running and am back to cushioned shoes. I'm either running on a tread-mill or asphalt and I think vibrams are better on nature-trails etc. My knees started to hurt running in them and the Nike-Freestyles I have.
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidI love mine. Got the KSO's and have only had mild discomfort. Love using them to cross train, speed rope, etc. Mine don't stink either since I spray with deodorizer/anti--bacterial stuff. I want to get the Komodosport ones that just came out.


    I just got the Komodos, I switched from KSOs, it's a DEFINITE improvement. Better support in the arch, better cushion in the step, thicker padding, and WAYYY cooler colours (A boy's gotta acessorise, right?!) I'd spring for them when you can! (pun intended..?)
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    Not a runner but I've been considering using them as a segue into running on my local beach, which is more crushed shell and small stones than sand - unless of course I'm advised otherwise. Also wondering whether they'd be an improvement on yoga socks - I have an oversized mat but it lacks the traction of regular mats!
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    I like mine for yoga as well. Sometimes my feet would slip around on the mats, so I find with my VFFs on I can grip and am able to sustain positions better instead of focusing just on not sliding all over the place. Allows me to target the muscles I'm SUPPOSED to be using for the positions better.
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    Don't run in mine; I need more padding under the forefoot. Mine are the lowest level shoe listed as 'for running', however, I use them for yoga and to do massage.

    Be very, very careful when sizing. I finally bought 3 sizes above my measured size and should have gone one up from that.
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    Apr 22, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidI stopped using mine for running and am back to cushioned shoes. I'm either running on a tread-mill or asphalt and I think vibrams are better on nature-trails etc. My knees started to hurt running in them and the Nike-Freestyles I have.


    I love Nike Frees, too!!! As far as running on treadmill or asphalt in Vibram FF, my KSOs are phenomenal on concrete and asphalt, the only surfaces I've been running on. HOWEVER, I cannot run in them on a treadmill, at all. The feel and sensation is just weird. Because of the nature of a treadmill, it seems like the impact is much greater than running naturally because you are not travelling forward, and basically going straight up and down on the conveyor platform.