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Old 08-31-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
Daniel Dean
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VFF alternatives

I love my VFFs, but in just a couple months of using them just for a couple CFE interval workouts per week I have already worn a hole in them. My wife and I had a baby recently so money is tight and I can't justify dropping $90 every 2-3 months for a new pair so I am looking for a cheap and/or more durable alternative.

I heard of people using aquasocks so I picked up a pair. They were cheap ($15), but after 3 workouts I had already blown out some of the stitching. Plus, I had a heck of a time finding some in my size (I wear a 6, went to five different stores before I found something).

In the one semi-related thread I found (OP was searching for a VFF alt. to wear to work) someone recommended Vivo Barefoots, but at $160/pair I'll pass unless someone chimes in that their pair has lasted 2+ years.

Puma Speedcats look interesting. Many reviews I found didn't recommend them for walking or running because they have thin sole, but that's exactly what I want. I couldn't find any comments from any minimalist shoe-lovers who had used them though. The k-streets look like a possible option too if anyone has experience with those.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: VFF alternatives

I have had my sprints for 2 years and they are still going strong
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:21 PM   #3
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Re: VFF alternatives

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I have had my sprints for 2 years and they are still going strong
Mine too. My wife's too. My buddies too. Are you sure you got real VFF's and not some knock offs?

What style did you get?
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:13 AM   #4
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Re: VFF alternatives

Ive used k-streets, I loved them. However i use my vff bilika for my runs and some wods. I use onitusuka tigers for general purpose shoe. They are not a minimal shoe just stiff sole, I like for jump training/short sprints/barbell complex work.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:52 AM   #5
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Re: VFF alternatives

Going barefoot is the cheapest. I actually switched to that and love it. Start by doing short easy 100-200 m runs & it'll build up fast & nicely.

Shoewise though - I love Asics Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi. They do mark a bit easy but they'll last a long time! They are like the vibrams with socks on - there's just leather top & rubber bottom, no sole at all. I actually like them a lot better than vibrams for pretty much everything I do.
http://www.zappos.com/onitsuka-tiger...hi-white-black (WFS)

You can try Google'ing martial arts shoes & try them too - something like these would probably work great but I have no idea on durability:
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Martial-...3348670&sr=8-3 (WFS)
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:05 AM   #6
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Re: VFF alternatives

You have to also look for a shoe that allows your toes to splay naturally, something with a larger toe-box. Although they would be terrible for quick direction changes (I haven't looked at CFE programming, but if they have suicides/back and forth sprints...) you could give these (WFS) a chance. at a size 6 you can probably get the standard kit for $20. I don't know how durable they are or anything about them, besides that I think I will get a pair. Cheap and unique. I might even try crossfitting in them.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:10 AM   #7
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http://www.softstarshoes.com

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Old 09-01-2010, 08:23 AM   #8
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Re: VFF alternatives

check birthdayshoes.com for more info and alternatives.

Also, read this:
http://reviews.ebay.com/Vibram-FiveF...00000017561003 (WFS)
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:38 AM   #9
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Re: VFF alternatives

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I love my VFFs, but in just a couple months of using them just for a couple CFE interval workouts per week I have already worn a hole in them.
This guy from the forum at Mark's Daily Apple contacted Vibram with a similar problem, and got great customer service. Might be worth a shot.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...TASTIC-COMPANY!!

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Old 09-01-2010, 09:39 AM   #10
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Re: VFF alternatives

I've been using these wushu shoes called Feiyue. They are thin, remind me of chucks style wise, and they are cheap. I have been wearing them everywhere and during workouts for 3 months straight.
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