Barefoot (or almost) running v. fully shod?

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    Feb 06, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    RealJock recently had an article comparing running barefoot (or nearly barefoot) and running in traditional running shoes. As someone with feet issues, I'm always looking for new ways to protect my feet. I've considered tryng the Vibram FiveFingers, but the investment in dollars and training time is significant to find out if it's something i would even like. I've also considered the Nike Free system for running as a hybrid shoe/barefoot alternative.

    I'm currently running in Nike running shoes with minimimal stabilization. My average run is 5 miles, but will go up to 10+ over the summer and usually in urban settings on concrete. Does anyone have any experience with barefoot running, the FiveFingers, or Nike Free running shoes? And any recommendations?

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    Feb 06, 2010 6:26 PM GMT
    I don't know anything about barefoot running. But something tells me there was a reason people started wearing shoes in the first place.
  • swimbikerun

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    Feb 06, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    Check yerself b4 ya wreck yourself:
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/814216/
  • masculumpedes

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    Feb 06, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    I would need to see a photo of your bare feet before I could comment. icon_wink.gif
  • mtnsky

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    Feb 06, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    Vibrams are cheaper than running shoes and don't wear out after 3-6 months of use.
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    Feb 06, 2010 9:21 PM GMT
    swimbikerun saidCheck yerself b4 ya wreck yourself:
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/814216/


    Thanks for posting this thread as well. I haven't spent any time on the forums and didn't realize this post was there. I guess a simple search could have pointed me in the right direction.
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    Feb 06, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    boulderic saidI don't know anything about barefoot running. But something tells me there was a reason people started wearing shoes in the first place.


    This is correct. In terms of the modern scene, it was marketing. Prior to the 70s and in all traditional societies people ran barefoot or with simple foot protection rather than padding. People fuck their bodies up through their feet...
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    Feb 07, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    CPKinase saidVibrams are cheaper than running shoes and don't wear out after 3-6 months of use.


    HA! they're also always OUT OF STOCK ! *sulks*

    also check the late discussion on Pose technique. It is inspired from barefoot running, but opinions vary on its virtues.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/817559/

  • jaxsurfer

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    Feb 07, 2010 5:16 AM GMT
    I have 3 different pairs of Nike Free and I love them^^
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    Jun 23, 2011 10:50 PM GMT
    I would be lost without my barefoot shoes. I own the Vibram five finger for training, and the New Balance (NB Minimus) that I use for day-to-day. They are AWESOME with capitals.
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    Jun 24, 2011 1:04 AM GMT
    xassantex said
    CPKinase saidVibrams are cheaper than running shoes and don't wear out after 3-6 months of use.


    HA! they're also always OUT OF STOCK ! *sulks*

    also check the late discussion on Pose technique. It is inspired from barefoot running, but opinions vary on its virtues.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/817559/



    That's because they've become the exclusive footwear of lesbians everywhere lol.
  • sans_serif

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    Jun 24, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    I have the Vibram Bikila's and I've lost count of the mileage I have on them now (I run half marathons). They obviously aren't made for everyone but I love mine and would recommend that you try them out. If you decide to, break them in slowly, because they will wreck your calves early on.
  • quirkyquirk

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    Oct 09, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    I think a bit of this has to do with your own gait cycle and foot issues. Head to a good running store and they will help you out. I use the Bikila's for my recovery runs and powerlifting/ kettlebell. But I'm a big boy runner and I find that the LaSportiva Crosslites work well for my longer trail runs. I tried in the Bikila's but my feet just can't do it after 5 miles. I bet it's really individual.

    On a side note, I just bought some of the Merrell barefooters and I'm having GREAT luck with them!
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    Oct 09, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    Use EXTREME CAUTION running barefoot or in minimalist running shoes.

    I switched to minimalist shoes in Jan and have ended up with a stress fracture on my left foot in May and a complete metatarsal fracture on the right in Aug.

    I have been running marathons about 4/yr for 12 years virtually injury free until this year. I don't have osteoporosis, am exceptionally healthy and eased myself very slowly into this shoe and style of running.

    The rational supporting barefoot running sounds very logical( and still agree) but not everyone's body is designed to run this way. I'm a case in point, and continually tell this story during barefoot discussions before someone else wrecks an entire year of running.

    Get a computerized gait analysis and then the proper recommendation for footwear. Don't follow trends.

    Just sayin'...icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    I use the Vibrams and Nike Frees and love them both. I cannot run on a treadmill with my Vibrams for some reason. Oddly, I feel the impact on the treadmill in my Vibrams is much worse than when i run on pavement. I love running in my Vibrams on pavement and don't experience shin splints nearly as severe as I do running in supported running shoes. the Nike Frees are best for when I run on the treadmill. They are good for pavement, too, though I do get shin splints regularly.
  • skierguy

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    Oct 09, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    I run barefoot, and dont have any problems with it. Living in the city, there is only concrete and asphalt, so there are chances of getting hurt fairly easily from stuff on the ground and how you run when you are barefoot. You have to have good control of your feet when you run barefoot so the impact is very minimal, otherwise you can get stress fractures easily, but other than that, its simply getting out there and doing it, and your feet will build up calluses. At first, your feet will get blisters and be rubbed raw but over time it wont be as bad.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 27, 2013 9:27 PM GMT
    I love the vibram five finger shoes but the only problem I have is that I have high arched feet and my right foot has that plantar faciitus. So running in vibrams might not be the right thing for me to do at the present time. Come the summer months, I will wear the five finger shoes to walk around the neighborhood or to the park.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Apr 27, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    Try running barefoot here in AZ in the summer icon_evil.gif

    Sorry but vibrams need to be banned from life
    Can't stand when people wear them to the gym
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 30, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    Joeyphx444 saidTry running barefoot here in AZ in the summer icon_evil.gif

    Sorry but vibrams need to be banned from life
    Can't stand when people wear them to the gym
    Why should vibrams be bannedicon_question.gif What is wrong with people wearing them to the gymicon_question.gif
  • 1blind_dog

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    Apr 30, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    I have four pair of Vibrams (rarely use anymore but my legs were stronger than ever training on the treadmill in them), ran my first half marathon in New Balance Minimus, and am on my fourth pair of Merrell Barefoot (two trail glove, one road glove, one Bare Access). Merrell is the best athletic shoe I've ever worn and as far as I can tell I'll never go back. For me it's the perfect medium between regular shoes and Vibrams.