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    My training will consist of a mixture of Krav maga, compound/body weight training, jogging and possibly some indoor parkour stuff. I have been looking for some trainers as I don't like being barefoot even on the indoor stuff but understand the benefits. I know Vibram fivefingers seem to be the best on the market but at 75 for the cheapest pair I found I cannot afford to spend that much on them, on the vibram website they list another brand called Merrel who do a trail glove for around 30 and are listed as barefoot footwear but wondered if anyone had any experience or other suggestions?

    Thanks
    Shane

  • #2
    I have both the VVF and the Merrels. Both are great barefoot shoes...the Merrels fit more like a regular shoe does and the VVF are more like a second skin.
    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
    PS
    Don't forget to play!

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    • #3
      For half the price you almost can't go wrong with the Merrells; that being said I have them and only wear my VFFs now. Also the Merrell seem to run a little narrow vs the wider VFFs.
      "Go For Broke"
      Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
      Small Kine-168/9%
      Now- 200/8%
      Goal- 210/6%

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      • #4
        I have the Merrell. They're very lightweight and wearing them only inside the gym, they have excellent longevity.
        F 28/5'4/100 lbs

        "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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        • #5
          Check vibram's website out, I know they were selling some of last year's models/colors at pretty nice discounts. I picked up a pair of treksports for like $50 or $60 and the KSOs were less. I love training in the KSOs.
          Male, 32y, 6'0" tall
          SW 306lbs (6/1/12)
          CW 244lbs (1/17/13)

          BP down from 120/80 to 110/74

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          • #6
            I wear Vibram KSOs at the gym. I have seen improvements in balance wearing these. I actually found mine at a thrift shop.

            For everything else (running, hiking, wearing around), I've been wearing something like these that I made myself:

            Sedona [SED] - $80.00 : NATIVEARTH

            I like that style much better than the Luna sandals. But Luna or Xero is another option for minimalist running sandals.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              If you are not as handy as sbhikes there are these Huaraches Barefoot Running Sandals of the Tarahumara Indians | InvisibleShoe.com with a good vibram sole.
              Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
              PS
              Don't forget to play!

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              • #8
                Just an update currently in the states went and had a look in a vibram/merrel shop. Didn't get on with the vibrams so ended up getting some Merrel trail gloves, first impressions were how light they were and how I felt parts of my feet stretching that I don't usually which I assume is a good sign

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                • #9
                  I take Krav Maga and wear VFF KSO's. They work great for it. I don't know if REI ships to the UK, but the REI outlet has them cheap right now.

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                  • #10
                    REI ships but VVF are on the restricted list, I can't even get them shipped to Canada....sigh.
                    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                    PS
                    Don't forget to play!

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                    • #11
                      There's a chinese martial arts shoe called "Feiyue" that's pretty cheap, but somewhat minimalist and fairly comfy.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
                        REI ships but VVF are on the restricted list, I can't even get them shipped to Canada....sigh.
                        I can buy them here in BC....have you looked for retailers in Edmonton?

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