Vibram Five Fingers: good or bad experience?

  • cmom19

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    Mar 31, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
    I just picked up a pair of VFF KSO's the other day. I bought them for running, but am wearing them around just to get used to them. I did some light running, and it really is an entirely different experience to actually feel the ground beneath my feet. My calf muscles ache, so I know something about the way I run is changing.

    Do any of you other RJ members own a pair? What do you think of them/ for what activities do you use them?
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    Mar 31, 2010 6:31 PM GMT
    I tried some on, and found that they were really more of a shoe than I would have liked. They have too much of a heel for me. I think they are a gimmick.

    I find my regular sneakers less artificial and closer to a barefoot experience, in that my sneakers have less of a heel.
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    Apr 05, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    cmom19 saidI just picked up a pair of VFF KSO's the other day. I bought them for running, but am wearing them around just to get used to them. I did some light running, and it really is an entirely different experience to actually feel the ground beneath my feet. My calf muscles ache, so I know something about the way I run is changing.

    Do any of you other RJ members own a pair? What do you think of them/ for what activities do you use them?


    I own a pair of KSOs and I LOVE them. Though some of the more experienced barefoot/minimalist runners will say (and I agree) that you should learn to run completely barefoot first and then use the VFFs or other minimalist footwear as needed. On one of my recent run/walk workouts, I decided to kick off my VFFs and finish the last half of my run/walk completely barefoot. It was such a different (awesome!) experience even from wearing the VFFs.

    Good luck with your VFFs. And be careful you know the difference between pain due to sore calves and Achilles tendonitis, as this is one of the more common injuries in people starting out with barefoot/minimalist running. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 05, 2010 3:30 AM GMT
    cmom19 saidDo any of you other RJ members own a pair? What do you think of them/ for what activities do you use them?


    I wear them at the gym, in fundamentals of physical activity class, strength training, and running (duh). I took them trail running yesterday (and one of the great things is that you can throw them in the wash... so after they were muddy from the trail I just popped in on "sports" wash setting).

    I love them, and I used to wear a hard soled trainer since I supinate when I run. I've found my stride is easier to correct in the Vibrams than it was with my Nike's.
  • boygravy

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    Apr 05, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    I love mine. I use them for the gym training, conditioning training, hiking, and muay thai. Sometimes to walk around the city. I haven't run much with them. I use Newton running shoes for... running. Regular running sneakers were screwing up my knees. I don't think I could go for barefoot running at all...! I would say - enjoy them!
  • LaxJock16

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    Apr 05, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    Ok, so I have had my Vibrams (KSO) for about 9 months and absolutely amazing. The calf muscles should hurt when breaking them in you are using much different muscle fibers running and walking with them. The first week of wearing them was painful, but the more I wore them the better they felt and the less pain I had as well. Now I do everything in them (short of walking to class and going to meetings). I lift in them, do crossfit in them, my self defense class in them, run and hike in them, even swim in them. The only thing that stinks about them is the smell of wearing them (they will get a smell to them it will make your gym bag smell like a stale locker room) But overall I love my Vibrams and they have revolutionized the way I do things and the way I exercise and the way I view fitness. I would say to anyone on the fence about them take the plunge and get a pair. They are worth it...
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    Apr 05, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    I just got a pair of sprints a week ago after trying to find my size for a few months. I haven't run in them yet, but I was able to use them while hiking and rafting the Colorado River this past week and they worked out great. Get ready for lots of comments from people if you own a pair.
  • mrcpu1

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    Apr 05, 2010 5:22 AM GMT
    I just picked up a pair yesterday, Sat. Been wearing them for several hours yesterday and today. So far I'm very pleased with them, they certainly take a little bit to 'break in' and get used to them too.

    I am going to make an effort to work out and run in them.
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    Apr 05, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    I never heard of them 'till now...just googled them.

    Now I have a new fitness toy to add into this month's budget. icon_biggrin.gif