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  • How do Vibrams compare as far as durability goes?

    I'm somewhat curious how long Vibrams last considering how expensive they are...I know they aren't all that high...but I'm used to wearing shoes in the 20-50 dollar range. I've never had anything more expensive than 60.

    I wouldn't want to spend 85-100 dollars for something that wears out faster than normal shoes if its substantially faster at least. I think it may be worth it depending on how much faster they wear out...or not? I can't really afford them right now anyway ..I'm jobless but have been thinking about them for when I do have a job.

    I do however need shoes to use when I get a job and the ones buying them for me will probably not spend more than 60 dollars at the very most for shoes...probably more like 30-40 possibly 50 so does anyone have a good minimalist shoe option for that amount?

    I'm also curious as to if people think prices will go down for VFFs anytime soon....as I'd rather buy them for 20-60 instead of 80-100...if I can help it.

    I have one retailer of VFFs where I live called Run This Way in Texas..if anyone knows what brands they carry I figured that information might help to give me recommendations.

    Thanks
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  • #2
    Fila skeletoes are similar at $50. I tried them but they didn't agree with my feet. They felt GREAT except for the sole under the ball of my foot was too thick for my feet (or it was just too far forward on my foot). But I would recommend giving them a try.

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    • #3
      3 months of walking about 90 minutes a day on concrete wore a hole in the ball of the foot of one of my KSOs.
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      • #4
        My KSO lasted just under a year of almost daily wear...going to market and hikes on weekends. I just got the TrekSport and they feel so much better on the trails.
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        • #5
          KSOs lasted me 6 weeks walking an hour a day on pavement. KSO treks last 3-4 months doing the same. They have all worn at the toes first. Might be my gait. Am now trying the Komodo Sport, hoping they will last longer. Thinking of just going barefoot before I go broke
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          • #6
            I have the Classics (2y) and the KSO Trek (1y). Both are in great shape, while I am using them actively (all day long) throughout the non-winter seasons. Recently ran with the Classics a half-marathon event and still fine.

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            • #7
              I have had my KSOs for 2 years and so far they are holding up well. I mostly use them for running and doing yard work. So far I have been happy with the investment.
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              • #8
                My Sprints are coming up on a year soon, and they've been to my CrossFit classes three days a week, worn on walks and runs on pavement, and even to work for a while. They've also been up Mayan pyramids and swimming in cenotes in Mexico. I'm very happy with the durability, and they still look pretty good.

                My Treks are about nine months old. I've worn them hiking in the Himalayas, walking all over India (not the gentlest terrain), on many hikes, and as day-to-day casual shoes here.

                I recently bought some smartwool Classics, and they've become my casual shoes of choice. I wore them almost constantly on a recent trip to Ontario (including helping out on Ottawa marathon day, walking around Parliament Hill and the Museum of Civilization, exploring downtown Toronto, and all over the Muskokas), and last weekend in Vancouver, I wore them walking about 20 blocks each way (often multiple times a day, plus other wandering) from the backpackers hostel where I was staying down to the convention centre and back. Again, they are holding up wonderfully, and the soles look completely unworn.

                I wonder if it's a person's gait that changed how well they wear? I am quite surprised when I read how short a time they last for some people because mine have been so durable.
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                • #9
                  It all depends on your form. I know a guy with over 2000 miles of running on a pair of Treks. Still no holes.

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                  • #10
                    Maybe that's it. I walk very lightly and don't scuff my feet on the ground at all.
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                    • #11
                      My wife wears her sprints about 75-85% of the time and she's had them over 2 years. She walks in them and ran in them some too.
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                      • #12
                        I think it also depends on your weight... Shoes in general last a lot longer for me than people who weigh an extra 100 lbs.

                        I have a pair of KSO's that I've had for 1.5 years. Everything is fine, except I ripped the top near one of the toes by accident while taking it off about 2 weeks ago. Still works fine and I think I can patch the hole, I'm just too lazy to actually do it yet.

                        I prefer the merrill trail gloves to the KSO's because they're easier to get on and take off, and you can wear normal socks with them.

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                        • #13
                          I have a pair of classics that have served me well. They are my go-to shoe when I'm not at work and have lasted me over a year. They have a rip on the large toe of the left foot (my dominant foot) from when I bit it on a bike going a good 15 mi/ hr. Said rip has been there since about 3 months after I bought them and has gone throughthe washer a couple times, with no expansion of the rip or fraying. The razor striping has worn away in the places that take the most abuse/ use (inner big toe, inner ball of foot, middle of heel) but they are still doing well.
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                          • #14
                            Didn't expect so many good replies so soon thanks a lot. I forgot to mention that the people that will be buying my shoes probably won't buy toe shoes for me since its for work...and the work place may not actually allow them depending on where I go so if anyone has a good suggestion on non toe shoes that are still minimalist that would be great. I really want the toe shoes but with no clue where I'm going to find a job it would probably be a good idea to get more normal shoes and not toe ones for now.

                            I might want to get something similar to Fila Skele-toes later though since I did ask about cheaper VFFs....though I don't like the four toe design and more rigid construction.
                            Age: 28
                            Height: 6'1"
                            Primal start date: July 1st 2011
                            Start Weight: 275
                            Current Weight: 248
                            Stats below as of September 1st 2011 Tested via BodPod
                            Body Fat 25.4%
                            Fat Mass 63.721
                            Fat Free Mass 74.6%
                            Fat Free Mass 187.087
                            Goal weight: 180-200 lbs(Recommended weight is around 180 for my height but that sounds low)
                            Total lost so far: 27 lbs

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Conner P. View Post
                              Fila skeletoes are similar at $50. I tried them but they didn't agree with my feet. They felt GREAT except for the sole under the ball of my foot was too thick for my feet (or it was just too far forward on my foot). But I would recommend giving them a try.
                              I was talking about Filas with another customer in the shoe department at Dicks and he had two pairs of Fias fall apart within weeks.

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