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    Hi Fellow PBers

    Anytime I walk in my runners I get hip & foot pain, but I don't get any pain when I walk around barefoot, so I think they have to go.

    So I'm thinking of getting a pair of Vibram five finger shoes to use mainly for walking and working out.

    I would love to hear from those of you that have a pair? Also what do you wear when it's -20 outside.

    Thanks gang
    Cheers

  • #2
    i love my vibrams; i wear them for everything. i run, hike, workout, play, climb and shop in them. i have two pairs of sprints, which are pretty versatile, but not winter friendly...at least not in new england.
    during the winter i am usually wearing good socks with water shoes by teva, or some sort of hiking boot depending on the activity or if it is literally -20 and snowing.
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    • #3
      um.... how are these on a treadmill?

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      • #4
        They are great. I love mine so much I have three pairs. The only thing they don't do well is be waterproof. The kangaroo suede ones with a pair of Ininji socks keep my feet nice and warm in the winter as long as I don't get them wet because the fabric between the toes is never going to be waterproof.

        Caveat: I'm talking about southern California definition of winter here.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by softthings View Post
          um.... how are these on a treadmill?
          they're fine on a treadmill, if that's your thing. given the cleanliness and softness of a treadmill, i would just go barefoot (unless i were at a gym or something)...but i prefer to be outside anyway. either way, it's wise to start walking in vibrams first, then moving to running. you will need to change your stride. i definitely recommend looking up barefoot running form, which means correcting the form most people use with conventional running shoes.
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          • #6
            I have three pair -- I love them for Tai Chi and they also work well for walking. I haven't tried the leather ones in the winter, but the regular ones are definitely cold when it's cold outside (Colorado winter days.) I wouldn't use them in more than and inch or so of snow, or your feet will get wet. Not good. But great at the gym, for lifting, etc. Wore them gorilla treking in Rwanda, as well. Now -- if they'd only make them in narrow (they are a bit wide on my skinny feet, but better than most exercise shoes out there.

            Also -- they make great water shoes (were originally designed as such, I think.)
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            • #7
              Originally posted by dkd2001 View Post
              I have three pair -- I love them for Tai Chi and they also work well for walking. I haven't tried the leather ones in the winter, but the regular ones are definitely cold when it's cold outside (Colorado winter days.) I wouldn't use them in more than and inch or so of snow, or your feet will get wet. Not good. But great at the gym, for lifting, etc. Wore them gorilla treking in Rwanda, as well. Now -- if they'd only make them in narrow (they are a bit wide on my skinny feet, but better than most exercise shoes out there.

              Also -- they make great water shoes (were originally designed as such, I think.)
              I have the opposite problem, trouble finding wide enough shoes so the VFFs feel like they were designed for me. I'm going to be taking mine on safari in Africa coming up next week.

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              • #8
                Honestly, I don't like them so much. I prefer real barefoot or my Feiyue (of which I have 8 pairs... yeah).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                  I have the opposite problem, trouble finding wide enough shoes so the VFFs feel like they were designed for me. I'm going to be taking mine on safari in Africa coming up next week.
                  fucking AWESOME that you're going to Africa, definitely eat all the animals you can't eat here.

                  OT: Which is the "least padding" version of Vibrams? I want to get a pair now... used to resist them but want to try them out. I do have a webbed toe issue on both feet but I saw a guide to fix them on the net (it's a common enough problem, I guess, evolutionary I was meant to swim!) so I could do a little altering I reckon.... is it the sprints? I wanna use them for walking and for work (I stand at work, and am usually barefoot at the office, but slip on my shoes mostly to go to the bathroom cus... well, piss)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bissen View Post
                    Honestly, I don't like them so much. I prefer real barefoot or my Feiyue (of which I have 8 pairs... yeah).
                    Congratulations, you are my new board crush.

                    How do you have 8 pairs of Feiyue?! I thought they only made two? white/black and the others were the overly padded French version? I have 3 pairs, two black (identical) and one white...
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                    • #11
                      For me they've been great teaching me not to heel strike and walking around in the forest or something with them is bliss. Theyre fine for general exercise but obviously not a kicking sport like soccer, and the complete lack of heel also isn't optimal for squatting or o-lifting.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                        they're fine on a treadmill, if that's your thing. given the cleanliness and softness of a treadmill, i would just go barefoot (unless i were at a gym or something)...but i prefer to be outside anyway. either way, it's wise to start walking in vibrams first, then moving to running. you will need to change your stride. i definitely recommend looking up barefoot running form, which means correcting the form most people use with conventional running shoes.
                        thanks dude!

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the replies everyone

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                          • #14
                            I like my vibrams. I wouldn't recommend wearing them if you're planning on walking/running on a very gravely surface though.... something w/ a lot of small pebbles and rocks.
                            Since there really isn't any cushion, you're going to feel ALL of those rocks. Not comfy in that situation.
                            That's really the only problem I've had with them
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                              Congratulations, you are my new board crush.

                              How do you have 8 pairs of Feiyue?! I thought they only made two? white/black and the others were the overly padded French version? I have 3 pairs, two black (identical) and one white...
                              Woohoo!
                              They're all identical, lol! (50:50 black:white) I just wear them out, and since I had to order them from China (= shipping was 3 times the cost of the actual shoes), I thought I might just as well order a bunch. I originally only orderes 4 pairs, but due to language issues, I got the wrong size, so I just paid for another 4 pairs instead.

                              It's actually time for me to get some new ones. A crack just appeared in the sole of one of my black pairs, and in the white ones, the inner padding is almost gone...

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