Vibram Five Fingers - What do you think?

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    Nov 27, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    yeah,thing is with those you can still kick some serious ass .
  • speedjunky

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    Nov 27, 2010 6:09 PM GMT
    I've had 'em for 8 months now and I like them a lot. I got them because I have flat feet, and my knees pronate (collapse inward a bit) as result. Running was a bitch. Just a few miles into it and my knees were a wreck. So I wear the Five fingers a lot, including for the gym. Started slowly into cardio work with them i.e. elliptical, tread mill, boot camp class. Result: no more knee pain when I do run. I've tried running in them and it's just not enough support for my weak feet. But the development they've given my feet and lower leg muscles from wearing them for everything else has seemingly removed all pain when I do run.
  • JobiWanKenobe

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    Nov 27, 2010 6:22 PM GMT
    There is a lot of good science behind barefoot running which the VFF try to mimic. But you can't just buy a pair of shoes thinking its a cool fad and expect not to have any problems.

    For some of the science check out: http://www.barefootrunning.fas.harvard.edu/

    VFF provide foot protection but not support. The idea is that if you are running correctly (on the balls of your feet) your calf and foot muscles stretch to absorb the impact that your cushy heel pads, knees and hips would absorb if you were running with a heel strike in regular running shoes.

    So if you have knee problems while running these are a useful alternative, but not because they are magic shoes. Because to not hurt your feet more you have to change your running style to land on your toes (fore foot/midfoot strike). You can do that with regular running shoes, VFF, barefoot shoes, and anything that has some flexibility in the soul.

    Warning, running in this manner tires your calves and arches out faster, so if you don't gradually build up the strength of these muscles you can get tendinitis.
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    Nov 27, 2010 9:26 PM GMT
    i have my lil theroy that running in vibrams , or any racing flat or other type of shoes versus running barefoot are NOT the same thing.

    my personal experience last summer brought me to think it was due to the sensitivity of the skin when running barefoot which must send all sorts of messages to our brain because i ran more lightly barefoot than with a sole under me feet.
    it was actually a lot easier except when i;d hit a sharp stone, or gravel .. GAH.
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    Feb 20, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    Running with regular running shoes tended to kill my back and knees. So, with some online searching I ran across barefoot running as an alternative. There were a couple of options that I saw such as Nike Free and the Vibrams. I decided on the Vibrams because even the Nikes looked like they had a lot of "heel" to them.

    I got used to the barefoot running without any foot protection on my treadmill where I wouldn't have to worry about road hazards like rocks and other debris. You really have to change your form to prevent heel strikes. Even the Vibram site tells you to gradually move from shoed to barefoot running slowly to prevent injury, get your feet used to the lack of support and to get used to the new running style. My feet were a little sore from the new form...and my calves were on FIRE! You'll start taking shorter, more frequent strides. But, as they got stronger they burned less. Once I got the form down, my feet did not hurt and I knew that it was possible for a longer distance I picked up some Vibrams. It's something that you can not rush.

    It was amazing how well my shoes worked outside. There are different Vibrams for different uses. Trail running has a more protective style available. There are plenty of different types. Pavement running is fine once you get the form down. Four miles was no issue at all! Once I get my cardio endurance up I will be able to go farther. And zero back or knee pain.

  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 20, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    I can't run much anymore after permanently damaging my ankle (lost range of motion) before they came out, but I got them after seeing others wearing them for cross-fit. I now have 2 pairs. I love them!

    And the KomodoSport just came out in black.

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