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    I know that when running in vffs, you are supposed to strike the ground with your forefoot. This feels good, and I naturaly do this without thinking about it. When walking though, a forefoot strike feels akward and a heel strike hurts. How does everyone else walk in thier vibrams?


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    Very softly. :P


    I walk with slow strides, hips relaxed, knees slightly bent. Kind of like a martial artist.

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    Current weight: 199
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      I have vibrams and wonder about this as well...

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        I walk with a quite neutral foot when barefoot. Just walk around in them for a while and have someone distract you as you do it to see how your foot naturally falls with them.

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          Very softly. :P


          I walk with slow strides, hips relaxed, knees slightly bent. Kind of like a martial artist.

          Like the Kwai Chang Caine rice paper walk?


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            I agree with Katt, make like a ninja and stalk something down


            Seriously though, I find myself walking with shorter strides and putting either my forefoot or whole foot down by bending my ankle. Shoes don't tend to make ankle bending useful (or really very possible) but the VFF's are awesome that way.

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              Exactly, Asturian! I loved that show growing up. LOL

              Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
              Current weight: 199
              Goal: 145

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                Ya it takes a slightly shorter stride I think. I tend to strike midfoot walking, and more forefoot when running. I was so used to "power-walking" before, had to get everywhere in the least amount of time possible, that it did take a while to get used to shorter, more relaxed walking strides.

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                and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan

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                  Kind of related -- have you ever noticed how little kids will seldom walk anywhere? They're always running to where they want to go, and when they do walk it's more of a stalking motion as they check out something that interests them. It just makes me wonder how much we're designed to "walk" in the way we do now.

                  You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                    Thanks everyone. I will try your suggestions later today and see how it goes.

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                      I wear mine to work and walk everywhere with them.

                      I second the notion of shorter more relax gait with more ankle movement. I comes prety natural to me.


                      Daniel

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                        @Primalchild - Never really thought of that before! Very interesting...


                        Not going to lie, when I know no one is looking I almost always sprint or jog places that I am going (to class, to a friend's apartment, in the grocery store, etc.). I also tend to do a lot of running when I'm inebriated, as I get VERY excited about going places, haha. I wish I could do it all the time, but I know I would get some strange looks...


                        I think in part it's due to my patience, or lack there-of. When I'm going somewhere I like to get there as fast as possible. It's also due to the fact that I like moving fast and I'm a very excitable person

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                          When I run, climb up or down stairs, or go down hills in my vff, I'm on the balls of my feet. My heels don't touch the ground. Going up a steep hill, it's heel first to gain traction. Walking and everything else, I bounce back and forth between forefoot first and heel first, depending on how quickly I'm walking. Then again, before I got these, I went barefoot everywhere I possibly could.

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                            I think you might just need to wear them more to get used to the awkwardness. Are you wearing them on concrete a lot? I find that walking on concrete is can be uncomfortable.

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                              i Live in manhattan, so i'm almost always on concrete. I wear my vibrams everywhere (except work) and I just walk normally. I feel wonderful! Just sucks when it rains in the city...walking in cith sidewalk water is kinda gross, but its just making me stronger!

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