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    Sorry if this has been asked before... I mostly lurk and post in the nutrition forums. I'm looking to get back into running. It's something I've really enjoyed in the past and I need to spend more time outside.


    All this talk about the detriment of modern running shoes has got me thinking...what are primal enthusiasts running in these days? Vibrams are a bit out of the budget for now...what are cheaper alternatives?


    Pete


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    Bare feet! lol, doesn't get much cheaper than that.

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      The barefoot style shoes are all expensive... FeelMax makes a cheaper than Vibram shoe but it is not very durable. Wear your neolithic foot coverings until you can afford the Vibrams.

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        I love my VFF, and my Vivo Barefoot, but you can't beat going barefoot for price...


        And you can't beat bare feet for comfort, durability, and ease of washing either.

        Once you learn that you create your own reality and that you are fully responsible for your life, you can begin to see the world as it is and then you realize the limitless possibilities.

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          I love my VFFs but, as you note, they can be expensive. It gets decidedly mixed reviews here, but, pesonally, I find the Nike Free to be a very good shoe - though it too is expensive. If you want a lower cost option, you can consider track or cross country racing flats. Definitely not as flexible or responsive as VFF or even the Free, but if you shop for clearance deals you can get them for about half the cost. Right now roadrunnersports.com is offering a couple of pairs of Brooks X-C flats and a Saucony pair as well for under $40 a pair. Eastbay.com is currently offering a sale on a bunch of flats for prices as low as $10 per pair.

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            I ran a marathon in 2008- I used the saucony triumph 5's. I have tried so many different shoes and ended up getting a really bad IT problem, took me out of running for a year. I am a mid foot striker (I land on the ball of my foot) so I always looked for a shoe that had a smaller heal, but the choices are very few. I just got back into running and bought some new sneakers- I just went with a neutral shoe (I don't like the correcting shoes, I think they mess your natural alignment up- which causes injury) I paid $40 , they are addidas. I bought a road shoe and a trail shoe. I really like the trail ones best though. Good luck!

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              I want VFFs, but I cannot understate how great it feels to run barefoot. Just keep doing it for a while until your feet toughen up, and you'll love it.

              Apparently I suck at life, so I'm crowd-sourcing my decisions, and sharing what I learn.

              My fresh start in London

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                I might still be a bit too self conscious to run barefoot. maybe I'll drive to the beach and do it...could use the chance to sprint too. Good idea on the racing flats Geoff...as it so happens I have an old pair from back in the day doing cross country.

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                  You can toughen your feet by wearing Simple Flip Flops too. Cant run in flip flops thou... but a good preparation for barefoot running.

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                    For the people commenting here about running barefoot...what types of surfaces are you running on?


                    ...Sounds painful :\

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                      Mr.M...I don't have all the answers (for sure!) but I've found that many answers can be found by searching both the forums and the posts that Mark makes...just use the search thing at the top/right of the page...I remember seeing something about barefootedness a week or so ago....

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                        Nike Eclipse are my favorite running shoes. Wearing them is just like running barefoot. I think I got mine for $40 at a discount shoe place (DSW maybe).

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                          I just bought some Nike Eclipse at DSW for $40 aswell! I really like them so far but will be looking to transition to vibrams for the spring/summer.

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                            Mr. M.


                            I run in the woods near my house, and that run is on a dirt trail so it is soft (you just need to keep an eye out for bigger rocks and little sticks.)


                            But to get there I'm walking on a rough sidewalk, gravel path, and through a small bit of the forest (fallen leaves hide chestnut husks with tiny evil spikes).


                            There is more info out there, but the more you do the more you come to trust the sensations in your feet, and if your foot comes down on something you lear to pick your foot back up and shift it to a new position quickly (walking and running).


                            Like everything it is a question of training.


                            The best analogy to walking barefoot is that it is the same as if you spent a week with earplugs (or had your eyes covered) for a long period of time. At first when you remove the earplugs (blindfold) everything seems really loud (bright) until your brain (and eyes) learns to recalibrate the information.


                            Walking barefoot at first and you think every bloody thing out there is sharp, after a bit your feet toughen (tough not hard) and your brain ignores minor signals.

                            Once you learn that you create your own reality and that you are fully responsible for your life, you can begin to see the world as it is and then you realize the limitless possibilities.

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                              I run on concrete no problem, in the winter. I'm not sure if you can link to threads here, but I'll try it. Check this one out:

                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ams-first-time

                              I posted on here about how i run barefoot.

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