Trail_Runner saidWhen I see a marathon olympic runner run a sub 3 hour marathon in a pair of those epic douche 5-finger shoes, I will consider a pair. But right now the only people I see wearing them are guys lifting at the gym, NEVER running in them. At the Tough Mudder in Beaver Creek I passed 100 people in the those shoes so apparently they don't make you faster at all, just a really expensive accessory to show off.
I never understood why people have such a personalise reaction to these. Its like they literally cause people to become upset... Nobody ever said they make you faster, necessarily. Just that they are about 15,000% better for your legs, lessen the impact on your joints on each strike, and redevelop your muscles in a more natural and safe way.
Not sure why you seem so threatened by them. They're just shoes.
The reason why people lift in them is they give you more of a sense of stability. I really feel that I can control the weight better when I'm doing dead lifts, squats, lunges... etc. But I ALSO run in them. (Komodo Sports, here!)
I switched to Vibrams just over 2 years ago because In was consistently developing terrible Shin Splints in the course of my Rowing training. Mind you, I was in Scotland, not in the USA, so I was not influenced by all the hype that every lax bro douche and their brother was on about how with cool theses were. It was a switch recommended to me by my physical therapist, the other alternative being surgery. In the past 2 years, I have had almost ZERO shin pain whatsoever, even with a highly increased amount of running compared with before. For the first time in my life I got myself to run a sub-7 minute mile. (Just did this a few weeks ago!!! Very excited
So I have nothing but positive feedback. Not saying they're going to make you Usane Bolt, but they certainly might help with the muscle tightness, joint pain, and heal-strike side-effects.
I'm looking forward to studies 10+ years down the road about the need for knee surgeries etc. and how it correlates to these shoes. I certainly know my fair share of folks who have had surgeries due to running who have NOT used these shoes...