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How long did it take for you to get used to your Vibram 5 Fingers
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I never had a problem wearing them all day right away and thought they were awesome and comfortable right away.walking or hiking all day - no problems. I don't run so don't know about running in them. That's just my experience...
Took about a month wearing them walking/running/wearing them about town before I didn't feel soreness in my feet when I woke up. The exercises on the VFF site really helped. I did have to stretch the big toes out a bit to make them more comfortable. Now they are like a second skin.
I've never gotten used to how sweaty they make my feet and the weirdness of having so much fabric between my toes. As for the flatness, I went with exclusively flat shoes for all activities several years ago and I think it took maybe a year or so to not do silly things like crash my heels down too hard or resort to running when I'm just trying to walk fast. I am not a runner but I did try running now and then and the calf soreness was bad at first, but everything worked itself out in that year or so. In the end, I've found that I prefer a little bit of cushioning to facilitate walking fast and provide insulation against hot or cold ground.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.
But I got used to walking around in them right away. I bought them for running and felt fine running in them. I didn't even experience any calf soreness! But then I got plantar fasciitis and couldn't walk for 2-3 weeks! (Okay, that's an exaggeration--I could still walk, just with a limp.)
It took me about 18 months to acclimate to running in them (4 miles x 3-5 times/week). During that time I battled plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and calf cramps. I would hobble into work every day. All of a sudden when I hit that 1.5 year point all the problems disappeared.
I think many of the studies underestimate the transition time for runners.
On the flip side I would never go back. The sheer joy of running almost barefoot was worth all the pain.
YMMV - I began the transition when I was about 58 years old...
When I go in for massage therapy the therapists find my calf muscles interesting - hard as rocks.