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    I really want some vibram fivefingers, but I can't afford them. I was wondering what was the next best minimalist shoe

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    I bought the Fila Skeletoes back when they came out in February for 59.99 USD and have loved them. I wear them on a daily basis and have no complaints.
    Went Primal January 24, 2011
    Lost 105 pounds in 5 months
    Currently 130 fat pounds down which is 120 pounds on the scale while putting on 10 pounds of muscle
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    • #3
      Check online fivefingersale.com - they sell them a bit cheaper. Once you know the size, you're good. Sizing is very consistent with VFFs.

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      • #4
        On that note, any recommendations for minimalist shoes for wide feet? My little brother has an awkward stride (he stomps and his feet turn out a lot) and rather wide feet (big toe is very separated from rest of toes, all due to Down Syndrome) and I think his low muscle tone would benefit from a shoe like this (also the lack of laces).
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        • #5
          Originally posted by PrimalClay View Post
          I bought the Fila Skeletoes back when they came out in February for 59.99 USD and have loved them. I wear them on a daily basis and have no complaints.
          I have a pair of these as well (I think they were on sale for $40 when I bought 'em) and while they are no vibaram, they are comfy and work pretty well. I use the vibrams for rock scrambling, sprinting, hiking, etc. The Skeletoes are good for everyday, walk around and look weird stuff.
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          • #6
            anyone have any ideas for what to wear during winter?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by IcarianVX View Post
              I have a pair of these as well (I think they were on sale for $40 when I bought 'em) and while they are no vibaram, they are comfy and work pretty well. I use the vibrams for rock scrambling, sprinting, hiking, etc. The Skeletoes are good for everyday, walk around and look weird stuff.

              Friday is our blue jeans and sneakers casual day at work and I wore my Skeletoes a few times. My coworkers gave me a hard time about them and said I looked like Robocop. Comfortable is comfortable I say.
              Went Primal January 24, 2011
              Lost 105 pounds in 5 months
              Currently 130 fat pounds down which is 120 pounds on the scale while putting on 10 pounds of muscle
              According to my kids I am looking more and more like the Hulk every day
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              • #8
                Originally posted by PrimalClay View Post
                Friday is our blue jeans and sneakers casual day at work and I wore my Skeletoes a few times. My coworkers gave me a hard time about them and said I looked like Robocop. Comfortable is comfortable I say.
                I get the same thing with my VFFs at work. My colleagues call them "Gorilla Feet" or "Fittens"
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Griffin View Post
                  "Fittens"
                  I love it!!
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                  • #10
                    I got a pair of these Skechers a few months ago for business casual everyday wear. I didn't really buy them for the minimalism at the time, but liked how they looked. The picture is deceiving - they have a very thin sole and no elevated heel. I have not worn a true minimalist shoe like VF, but this is comparable to a driving moccasin I guess.

                    http://www.skechers.com/style/62358/.../brn#Color=BLK

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by TraceurX View Post
                      I really want some vibram fivefingers, but I can't afford them. I was wondering what was the next best minimalist shoe
                      I just bought a pair of these (ZemGear - Minimalist Footwear) I got the $30 split toe nijias. They haven't arrived yet but I'll probably do a review of them on my blog.

                      Originally posted by primalTatoolover View Post
                      anyone have any ideas for what to wear during winter?
                      I have to swap to normal shoes, the hurt my feet a little, but it beats wet feet for 10 hours+ at uni. I'd like to get a pair of the merrel trail gloves though.
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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Blah View Post
                        I just bought a pair of these (ZemGear - Minimalist Footwear) I got the $30 split toe nijias. They haven't arrived yet but I'll probably do a review of them on my blog.
                        I hadn't seen the ZemGear footwear yet - look forward to your review!!
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                        • #14
                          I gutted my chucks, a little narrow though. The wide toebox is the best part.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by primalTatoolover View Post
                            anyone have any ideas for what to wear during winter?
                            I bought some sealskinz waterproof socks and wear 8$ walmart water shoes with them.
                            Work perfect. just wish they would make the footbed in the shape of a foot, but they are stretchy enough to splay my toes.

                            Looking forward to trying the Stems - they look promising.

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