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Old 06-27-2008, 11:20 AM   #1
Heath Simpson
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The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

I have been interested in VFF for various reasons and was going to buy some so I called 2 outdoors stores here in town and got 2 interesting replies. The first place has them but touted them as water shoes. At the second place I talked to the shoe buyer and he said he doesn't carry them because "they're bad for your feet." He said maybe if people ran on grass or dirt it might be ok, but running on concrete and streets in VFF is bad. So that got me re-thinking. First, they're like $80 and I don't want to waste that kind of money if the shoes are a bad idea. And second, I don't want to get an injury.

I've read lots of stuff on the internet, suffice it to say I've read good and bad. And I've seen lots of posts from crossfitters who say VFF hurt their feet, etc.

So, should I get them or not?

Please weigh in if you've bought them but quit using them. I'd like to know why...like, did they hurt your feet...how long did you take to "break your feet in"...what were you doing in them...etc.

Also please weigh in if you CF and/or run in them...and they work...how did you get used to them...how long did it take...do you wear the funky toe socks with them...etc.

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Old 06-27-2008, 12:50 PM   #2
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

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At the second place I talked to the shoe buyer and he said he doesn't carry them because "they're bad for your feet." He said maybe if people ran on grass or dirt it might be ok, but running on concrete and streets in VFF is bad.
If that's the case, then I'm going to have to have someone explain to me how I ran sprint repeats, in my Vibrams, on the sidewalk, five days a week, from November to February, without ever feeling any pain. (By the way, I was doing way too much volume at that time to allow for proper recovery. Don't you do that.)
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:20 PM   #3
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

Water shoes - yes, they do look a lot like water shoes. But that's just a misidentification.

"Bad for you" - Most definitely if you run heel-toe. But heel-toe running will destroy you even with fancy, padded shoes given enough time. Check out POSE running and correct your form.

Personally, I don't like the VFF's. I go with jika-tabi (fundamentally similar) http://www.amazon.com/RIKIO-Blue-Tar.../dp/B000L8HSZG wfs. It should be noted, however, that my VFF's are hand-me-downs and may not be an exact fit. It might change with a resize, but I find them uncomfortable.

That was way too many staccato sentences.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

I have been training in VFF for about a month now and love them. I came into them with a little barefoot experience (about 1 1/2 years). My feet and lower legs are feeling better and have had major problems. It took about 1 week for me to get use to them as my little toe rubbed a little. Cool thing is now my little toe doesn't tuck under anymore, so no more problems.

As for running, pavement and all, no problems. I am 6'4", 190, no issues. I have the sprints and now looking at the classics for more everyday attire. We have three clients now wearing them with the same type of responses, only positive.

Go for it, order them up and enjoy.
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:15 PM   #5
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

I now have Sprints, Flows, and KSO's. Suffice to say I like them. I can't wear anything but them anymore. When I first got them, I was working on a year and a half with PF. Within two weeks it was finally gone. That was four months ago and no signs of it. VFF's or Death!
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:30 PM   #6
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

I have a pair and as has been said, they're great. I wear sprints and have been road and trail running in them up to three hours without any issues or ill effects.

Running technique is important, you need to have a nice "pose" or midfoot landing method to really feel good in VFFs.

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Old 06-28-2008, 05:39 AM   #7
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

i really like mine. i used to do all wods in them but now i do them barefoot. i still wear the five fingers on my weekly hikes with my daughter and i love the experience of "feeling" the ground. sometimes we run a bit during the hikes and they feel great - one of these days i'm going to go on a trail run in them.
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Old 06-28-2008, 05:57 AM   #8
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

The dealer has no idea what he's talking about. Having had a pair now for 10 months, they are the best all-around shoe I've owned in quite a long time. I can do lifting WODs in them, go run a 10k in them, hang out around the house in a pair - just about anything with the exception of hitting the rower. I tried once and they are just not good for that. So I wear my NBs for any rowing type workout. Otherwise, its VFFs all the way.

I will say the right fit is essential. If you can, go to a store that carries them. Measure your feet in the afternoon. Ask people what size they got for their foot.
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:03 AM   #9
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

I will finally be going to a store that carries them this week. I have a few hundred $$ saved in case I like 2 different styles. I will report back after that, but it appears you have more than a fair share of overwhelming positive comments thus far.
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:43 PM   #10
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Re: The real deal on Vibram Fivefingers...?

hmmm, shame it doens't seem like these are available in the UK.. i'd love to try out a pair
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