Vibrams Fivefingers Shoes

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    Jul 23, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    Just curious what you guys think about the Fivefingers shoes. I just purchased some and wore them for my first workout.I have to say I think they are very comfortable and feel more natural. Whats your opinion??

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  • Celticmusl

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    Jul 24, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    Damn, not another post about these hideous things.
  • DrewT

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    Jul 24, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    Celticmusl saidDamn, not another post about these hideous things.


    Who cares if they are ugly? ;) I get people talking to me at the gym all the time.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jul 24, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    Ugly but very comfortable. I did a nice 7 mile run today in them and my calves are killing me.
    I often wear them to work too, all day long...
    I've turned more than one person onto them.
    I should get commissions!
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 24, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    speaking of shoes, my favourite discovery was a room on facebook, which I almost never go to, entitled I don't care if your Crocks are comfortable, you still look like a dumbass.
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    Jul 24, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    DrewT said
    Celticmusl saidDamn, not another post about these hideous things.


    Who cares if they are ugly? ;) I get people talking to me at the gym all the time.


    AGREED! This hottie blonde trainer started talking to me about them last weekend and now we exchange stares all the time. I'm sure he just wants my shoes.

  • Jul 24, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    They make a huge difference in my training. I do crossfit which is a little different than a conventional gym. We don't use any machines so we're left with barbells to do free movements such as a snatch, clean and jerk, or split jerk which are all movements which require you to be as balanced as possible. The key to staying balanced is of course placing weight on the heel of you foot which is most easily done barefoot. This is why five fingers are great for what I do because they do mimic barefoot training. I can bounce from the barbell to the second, third, and fourth movement of the WOD. It's ideally the best option for my workout. I do agree with everyone who says they look crazy, they do, however I'm not wearing them to my gym to look cool I'm wearing them to gain agility and strength.
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    Jul 24, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    Since when is the natural shape of the foot considered "ugly" and "crazy"? icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 24, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    i have a pair. i dont use them anymore. i bought indoor soccer shoes which are light and have thin soles so they accomplish what Vibrams provide during resistance training. I can use them any day and they are like half the price of vibrams.

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    I remember wearing Vibrams during upper body workout days. I must've looked like a total dbag since anyone who knows the benefits of Vibrams knows its worthless for upperbody exercises, particularly if you're not even standing up.
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    Jul 24, 2011 1:21 PM GMT
    i have two pairs of vffs, kso for everyday wear and bikila for the gym.. i absolutely love them. when i wear them, i feel kind of liberated, like my feet have been locked up for all these years, and now they're free. ever since i started running in them, i haven't had any knee pain. and i can run faster now. i got them in may, so i'm still trying to build up my distance in them since then. i was running about 4-6 miles at a time with nikes, but building up my legs has taken time with vffs and i'm at around 2.5 miles now. it sounds weird to say it, but my feet are a lot stronger since i started wearing them.

    i do admit they're ugly though. even when you ignore that it's a shoe with separate toes, the designs are very outlandish to me. There are a few simple, modest designs, but otherwise, the colors and patterns for many of them look weird. i can overlook that though, because they feel awesome.

    fyi they're machine washable, which is great. like with conventional shoes, i do wear socks with them though, which so far has been good in preventing that stink which seems to be common with people who wear VFFs barefoot.

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    Jul 24, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    The Vibram barefoot soles are awesome, but the shoes are hideously ugly, hard to clean, and they get that stinky Vibram smell (toejam, yuck).

    I prefer (and own) the Merrell barefoot running shoes. They look more like normal shoes and thus offer the toes a more natural splay upon impact. Same sole as the Vibram, just a better overall shoe in my opinion. I love mine.

    http://www.merrell.com/US/en

    Once you start wearing minamalist shoes, it's pretty much over in terms of being comfortable in anything else.
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    Jul 24, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    I want to caution all you guys. Unless you have a perfectly neutral foot plant, and have no leg length discrepancies, running in the so-called "Fivefingers Shoes" can lead to serious injuries, particularly those of you who are distance runners.

    These things may look cool, but just remember you are not a Tarahumara who has been running bare foot from birth.

    Also, the very popular book 'Born to Run" that seems to become a bible for those who favor the back to nature bare foot approach has many serious factual errors, not the least of which that the study quoted several times in the book claiming to show that runners run best bare foot was commissioned by one of the companies that sells such products, and was neither double blind, nor did it contain a statistically-valid sample of runners.
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    Jul 24, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    Each to his own and I am sure some people find them suitable. As I have said in previous threads, however, I think they may be a gimmick, and an expensive one at that. Why uninvent the training shoe?
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    Jul 24, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    For barefoot-style running, I love my Newtons.

    http://www.newtonrunning.com/shoes
  • dc415

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    Jul 24, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
    isn't it hard to do a single-blind (not to mention double-blind) study if you're asking people to run with their shoes off? :-
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    Jul 24, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    dc415 saidisn't it hard to do a single-blind (not to mention double-blind) study if you're asking people to run with their shoes off? :-


    Hah. Good point. Let me restate. One can take a group of runners of the same age and athletic history and get one group to run in Fivefingers and the other group to run in regular running shoes. You'd have to have a large enough sample of runners in both in order for the results to be meaningful.
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    Jul 24, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    dc415 saidisn't it hard to do a single-blind (not to mention double-blind) study if you're asking people to run with their shoes off? :-


    yeah - they wouldn't be able to see where they are running.....

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