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  • Just got my VFF, but is there anything to watch out for?

    Got a pair of speeds just in time to try them out this weekend, can't wait

    But, as this will be my first barefoot expedition, do I need to ease into? I'm guessing DOMS in your feet isn't fun!
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    just go for a short walk... you'll feel it the next day. I wore mine all last fall - then when the snow came - changed my wo routine - in the spring - I eased back into my vff over 4wks - started w/ walking. then eventualy moved to walk/run, and finally began running again in them...
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    • #3
      Easing into them is strongly recommended. When I purchased mine I was still in the CW Chronic Cardio phase. I was running about 6-8 miles a day... so I figured "Hey I can do at least 3 miles in these".

      My calves were so sore the next day I could hardly walk. It took me about a month of running in them to get my feet/legs fully acclimated. I would just run a little bit more each time.
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      • #4
        Watch out for mesquite, goatsheads, cacti, and anything with a spiky spiny bit longer than 3 mm. Having stuff punch through your VFFs is not fun.
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        • #5
          Watch out for dog poop.
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          • #6
            Don't stand around on a hard surface for a long time. I was excited the day I got mine and went grocery shopping in them with my wife...big mistake. Don't ever go shopping with your wife. What I can get done in 1 hour took about 3 hours. My dogs were barking!

            To sum it up...don't wear them shopping with a woman.

            On a side note, I'm surprised (or naive) of the fact that people have to "ease" into barefoot or vibrams. I grew up in the country and was always barefoot. Its one of those things that makes me shake my head. But I realize not everyone grows up in the country.
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            • #7
              I don't know about easing... I have always been a barefooter, so these are actually more shoe than I am used to. I got mine and the next weekend stood on my feet all day on asphalt and was fine. But YMMV. If you aren't used to using the muscles in your feet, yeah go slowly.

              OH! The reason I was posting.. (duh...) Careful for stuff getting stuck between your toes. Only complaint with the VFFs. Once I get something in between my toes (a rock, a blade of grass, a dandelion...) I have to manually remove it with my hands, and my VFFs don't give me enough "wiggle" in my toes to work it out. Kind of a pain.


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              • #8
                My VFF KSO's never fit spectacularly; the big and little toes were snug in the pockets, and the middle three toes were loose. I felt pretty comfortable walking around with them. After running a few times for just a mile or two, my little toes started to hurt -- a lot. Soon one of the nail-beds turned black, and the nail fell off about 6 months later. Now the shoes just feel too tight on the little toes, and I can't even wear them for short walks without the toes hurting. I don't know if the shoes shrunk after heating up in the sun and then cooling down or what. I'm pretty sure my feet didn't grow.

                Summary: make sure your pair fits you well, and ease into using them. If they feel too tight then they just might end up hurting you a bit.

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                • #9
                  OH! another thing to watch for with VFFs is that they allow your feet to "spread" just like if you were walking barefoot. So if you wear them exclusively for awhile (like, a year or so) don't be surprised if you can't fit into your old shoes...


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                  • #10
                    When I first got my vff's I did too much too fast. I used to be a runner easily able to do a 7 mph for an hour, so I "went easy" and did 5 mph for 30 min. Bad! I felt like I broke my foot in two. Had to ice it for a week and limp walk to and from work. After wearing my vff's daily for a few weeks I then started to feel my bones relaxing/spreading, and it was actually kinda painful. I felt sharp pains on the top of my foot and under the 4th and 5th metatarsus, this lasted about two weeks. Then after that, I took it REAL SLOW in running, I didn't want to relive my initial injury. took about 4 months to fully transition, just make sure you listen to your feet and stop (especially running) at the sign of pain.

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                    • #11
                      People who start running trails in VFFs often break their little toe. Maybe because it's pushed out farther or something, dunno. But it's really common. +1 on doing too much at first. The Speeds are so cushy that you get very little feedback from the ground, which makes it even easier to overdo it.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks guys, great advice!

                        I'm going to stick them on and go for a stroll
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                        Currently: 99.2kg / 218.6 lbs (23rd September 2011)

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                        • #13
                          from my personal experience, i would also say "watch out for rocks or clods of dirt". I folded the ball area of my foot over such a clod, before my feet were tuff enuff to handle it & i could not jog again for months (good thing i was still able to ride a bike!).

                          btw, i wouldn't say my feet are yet tuff enuff for trail running, i stick to the groomed path. meow.

                          i do luv my bikilas, tho.

                          i see about 3 or 4 other pairs of vff's any given day in one of the more popular running spots here in houston (Memorial Park).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Monty View Post
                            Don't stand around on a hard surface for a long time. I was excited the day I got mine and went grocery shopping in them with my wife...big mistake. Don't ever go shopping with your wife. What I can get done in 1 hour took about 3 hours. My dogs were barking!

                            To sum it up...don't wear them shopping with a woman.

                            On a side note, I'm surprised (or naive) of the fact that people have to "ease" into barefoot or vibrams. I grew up in the country and was always barefoot. Its one of those things that makes me shake my head. But I realize not everyone grows up in the country.
                            Your wife sounds like my husband. I can get in and out of the store in 20 minutes. He'll wander around for an hour in there. Of course, he's not primal, so he likes to look through all those aisles I skip. But we were like this before I went primal, too. It took him an hour to go to the store and pick up milk. It's 2 miles away. I could've walked there and gotten it in that time.

                            As for the VFFs, I found my toes a little sore after a hilly hike in them. I got used to minimalist shoes with my Merrel Pace Gloves. The first time I wore them while walking a few miles I was a little sore, but that's it. Of course, I was already used to being barefoot a lot of the time. I take off my shoes first thing when I get home and only put them back on to go outside.

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                            • #15
                              just back from another run with my komodos.

                              some thoughts:
                              - if you wear sandals a lot, you should be fine.
                              - If you don't, ease in, 1/4 - 1/2 mile at a kick, then build from there. You CAN hurt yourself with them
                              - Let pain be your guide in both gait, and use
                              - Trust the damn shoes, but realize you will be feeling the ground
                              - make sure fit is snug, or you'll lose some skin (personal experience)
                              - do some exercises to build up your ankles
                              - be friendly, people will have questions about them - even here in "I hate you and I don't even know you, New England."
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