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    I'm stepping up my game wrt exercise, and I need some shoes. So far, I have a pair of flip flops and a pair of low-cut, wide-soled hiking shoes. I'm guessing neither of these are appropriate for wearing at the gym, or jogging (if we find a dog; jogging would be for the dog, not me).

    I checked out some Five Fingers the other day while shoe window shopping, and i was surprised at how thick and inflexible the soles are. as a person who spends 50-100% of her day truly barefoot, I can't imagine those thick soles would allow for normal foot movement/muscle use. Asking people who have them, or have tried them, are they that much better than a well-made, wide-soled trainer? Will my hiking shoes do for the gym, or do i need to buy something else? I'm not really into being trendy (and they are becoming sort of trendy here), but i'm happy to use what works if it truly works.
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    KomodoSport LS truly works. If you have access to trainers with a wide enough toe box and a zero heel-toe drop, they aren't probably a bad choice.
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    • #3
      Some styles are more light/thin/flexible than others.

      IMO, yes... very worth it. But then I had some major nerve issues in my leg/foot that have been healed. It's in my journal.
      VFFs are the ONLY shoes I wear.
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      • #4
        I've read about your toe/foot stuff. which styles should i look for? are other brands better?

        maybe next time i'm window shopping, i'll actually try them on.
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        • #5
          Only show i will ever wear or buy again. I'm flat footed and since wearing VFF's, I no longer get arch, shin, calf or hip pain like I used to wearing the recommended high arch support running shoes and/or my orthotics.

          I own the Komodo Sport LS (which I should have gotten a size smaller than I did) and the Speed. I like both very much. The speeds are a pain to put on cause you have to tie/un-tie them... or you can do like I do and keep them tied but have a hard time getting foot back into them. I like that they are super light weight though and don't seem to stretch out like the other pair does. But if they are for the gym, then the laces aren't that much of a big deal. I think I'm going to check out the Seeya's.

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          • #6
            I have 4 pairs of VFFs...
            The Sprints and the Komodosport LS are nice flexible soles
            the Trek and Flow are not as flexible...
            All of them get more flexible with wear and heat.

            I'd recommend trying on a few different models and seeing what's comfy on your feet - they say in the VFF literature that it will take awhile to get used to using all these muscles you're not using with regular shoes, so you should only wear for an hour or two per day for awhile - I found this to be not as true for me, since I go barefoot quite a bit - it took about 10 hours of walking around for my feet to get sore the first time I wore them... YMMV.

            If you don't find VFF's comfy, any shoe with no heel-toe drop that fits your toes without squishing them would work.

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            • #7
              I would marry my komodos if they were human. I have 2 pair. I also have a pair of kso treks and bormios for winter.

              a note on the SeeYas: I tried them on before and was not impressed. They felt super cheap, like they wouldn't last a month. Then again, I wore a hole into the sole of my komodos in 6 months
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              • #8
                Love my Vibrams, have been very helpful with my chronic foot/calf cramps. Have several of them in different styles, the choice is very individual.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                  I would marry my komodos if they were human. I have 2 pair. I also have a pair of kso treks and bormios for winter.

                  a note on the SeeYas: I tried them on before and was not impressed. They felt super cheap, like they wouldn't last a month. Then again, I wore a hole into the sole of my komodos in 6 months
                  Good to know.

                  I was actually checking out the bormios for winter. How are they? Good for really snowy and freezing weather??

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                  • #10
                    I'm like you -- usually barefoot.

                    I love the vibram classics. They actually work very well. I have to replace mine.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Metric View Post
                      Good to know.

                      I was actually checking out the bormios for winter. How are they? Good for really snowy and freezing weather??
                      Absolutely! I wore them in snow and rain and stayed dried all winter. I sealed them with nikwax before first use. I also bought them a size bigger so I could wear socks with them. I would say they are the least flexible as far as V's go, and feel very much like a shoe.

                      My komodos I can roll up in to a ball and like to wear them from March through November
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                      • #12
                        I have Nike free's, Vibram's and two pair of Merrell's. I think the Vibrams are by far the most comfortable, especially for hiking or long walks. I usually work out barefoot, but sometimes I'll wear my Vibram's. I use the Merrell's for casual day to day wear, because they're also very comfortable, but don't look stupid. The Nike's were an awesome transition shoe but I don't use them much anymore, I never really liked the way they fit, very tight in the toes.

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                        • #13
                          This old Gwamma loves her Vibrams. Not too much choice here in NZ, but these are great. I used to go over on my ankle while running all the time (wearing expensive running shoes), but these barefoot shoes have strengthened my feet and ankles amazingly well. I would not go back. I now need to find some with a bit more grip so I can run some hill tracks.
                          Good luck with your quest

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                          • #14
                            I have owned various running/hiking/crosstraining shoes, Addidas, Merrel, Salomon, Nike Free, Asics, New Balance and I have a pair of Vibram Bakilas. The Vibrams are cool and I have hiked and sprinted in them. Are they worth the money, eh... I doubt I will ever buy another pair. I stopped running all together so I never transitioned from a normal shoe wearing runner to a "barefoot" runner. I prefer flip flops to anything else .

                            For hiking/backpacking, I personally like trail runners. It's totally subjective. If you are talking about shoes to wear to the gym to lift, save your cash and buy some chuck tailors! For sprinting, I still prefer my Nike Free's over my Vibrams.
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                            • #15
                              Flip-flops... ugh.... flap, flap, flap, flap, flap... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Kill all the PEOPLE!

                              Oh, sorry... is that just me.

                              Also... are you aware of the sheer number of injuries due to flip-flops per year. It's pretty staggering. Look it up. Not just pain from wearing them... but if they get a splash of water on them (sudden rain here in FL) they cause people to slip and fall all the freaking time. LOL


                              I used to wear really flat chuck/van types ... but they were not as kind to my feet as VFFs. My feet didn't begin to heal until I made the switch.
                              VFF's > any shoe that keeps toes together under one "roof" IMO.
                              “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                              ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                              And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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