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  • Vibrams for tennis, racquetball, basketball, ... etc.

    Is this a bad idea? It seems like these sports involve high impact, so maybe conventional shoes would be best.

    I'm do get sore knees after playing tennis in sneakers however...


    Thoughts?

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    I've been wondering the same thing. I use my vibrams to walk and hike in, and once I did play basketball in them, but found that they didn't fare too well. Not due to the impact, but due to other people stepping on my feet while getting rebounds etc. So at least for basketball I've found I prefer regular runners. I might try them for tennis this summer though. Has anyone had any experience with sports?

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    • #3
      my concern would be the sliding/lateral movement. i could see you ripping a seam because the vibram sole would be quite grippy - the sole stops and your foot keeps moving.

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      • #4
        I skip rope with them on a wood gym floor. Sometimes the rope catches between the toes and there's a snag, whereas if I wore a conventional shoe, it would hit and just roll off and I would continue skipping.

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        • #5
          Kso grip works well.... Avoid bikila style

          Originally posted by FDgreen View Post
          Is this a bad idea? It seems like these sports involve high impact, so maybe conventional shoes would be best.

          I'm do get sore knees after playing tennis in sneakers however...


          Thoughts?

          I have had kso's and bikilas and used them both for playing basketball in
          The kso's work well
          But I would try to steer clear of bikila styled grip because after changing direction quickly a large tear in the grip was formed and eventually a large chunk of the sole tore off

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          • #6
            As someone already said, you should wear shoes with the appropriate amount of grip for what you're doing. Too much (or too little) grip can lead to injury, especially since these shoes don't have any ankle support.
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            • #7
              I played racquetball in my vibrams recently. I survived, but I definitely don't think that they are optimal for that sport. I ended up with pretty bad toe blisters, and stubbed a toe on the wall once.
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              • #8
                ^What he said. I played basketball in my Vibrams nearly a month ago, and the blister is still pretty bad. I also fell because the grip was too tight when I pivoted. Scraped myself up pretty good.
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                • #9
                  Tennis has too many quick-stops and direction changes for Vibrams IMHO

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                  • #10
                    i'd do it, but only if everyone else were also in vibrams -- re toe-stepping problem already mentioned. i wouldn't switch back to conventional myself (insert standard complaint about sprained ankles here) but maybe one of the other barefoot-style shoes would be best (e.g. Minimus, Merrell, etc.). of that lot, the merrell lithe glove i think would be the one that gave the most protection from stomps while still maintaining zero-drop/barefoot experience.
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                    • #11
                      I've played squash in KSOs for about 5 months. I think they are great re: performance, they are light and the grippiest shoe I've worn. AND they force you to stay on your toes...which is a great habit to get in to. I am sure I play better/quicker in them. I still use them very often and would recommend it, BUT...

                      1. They take a beating. Within a few games some seams were coming apart. They still hold up, but at this pace I'll need another set before christmas (which is expensive!)
                      2. Toe blisters (as mentioned). I developed some pretty serious calluses so this isn't an issue anymore, it was a problem when I started with them.
                      3. I bashed my heel so often when I began the transition...my leg and back took a beating. This took some getting used too (i.e. staying on your toes!). I think this issue is inherent to getting rid of a conventional sneaker.
                      4. I can't play in a shoe with a heel now, it feels entirely different. I am sure I would adjust, but I've been brainwashed by the barefooters... and it limits the options now that I have seen the other side.

                      As I said, I love them and would recommend. But basketball could be tough. In that case I'd try and find a solid zero-drop shoe (sorry no recommendations, but I'd love to hear some)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by McNack View Post
                        I've played squash in KSOs for about 5 months. I think they are great re: performance, they are light and the grippiest shoe I've worn. AND they force you to stay on your toes...which is a great habit to get in to. I am sure I play better/quicker in them. I still use them very often and would recommend it, BUT...

                        1. They take a beating. Within a few games some seams were coming apart. They still hold up, but at this pace I'll need another set before christmas (which is expensive!)
                        2. Toe blisters (as mentioned). I developed some pretty serious calluses so this isn't an issue anymore, it was a problem when I started with them.
                        3. I bashed my heel so often when I began the transition...my leg and back took a beating. This took some getting used too (i.e. staying on your toes!). I think this issue is inherent to getting rid of a conventional sneaker.
                        4. I can't play in a shoe with a heel now, it feels entirely different. I am sure I would adjust, but I've been brainwashed by the barefooters... and it limits the options now that I have seen the other side.

                        As I said, I love them and would recommend. But basketball could be tough. In that case I'd try and find a solid zero-drop shoe (sorry no recommendations, but I'd love to hear some)
                        This may lead me into looking at the Merell, or NB minimalist shoes, considering what my friend put his KSOs through, having caused them to rip.
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