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    So I just got my first pair…boy it was tricky putting them on the first time! They seem to fit very well (snug) with regards to my big toe but the other toes have empty space at the tip. Is that normal? My feet measured 11 inches so I ordered a 43 based on the Vibram website.

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    My toes are not at the end at all in mine. I was able to try mine on at the local rei. They were hard to get on at first but now it's easy. I love them! I have had them for about a month or so. Mine are also snug. I think all barefoot shoes are snug from what I'm experiencing. Do you plan to go totally barefoot or just sport the 5Fingers sometimes?
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    • #3
      once they're "broken in" they slip on very easily. When I first got mine, I had to manually guide each toe into the shoe. After a few runs and a few cycles through the wash, they slip on *almost* as easily as a pair of flip flops.
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      • #4
        The problem I had with wearing the VFF was that my big toe fit snugly, but because my other toes slope downward at a steeper than normal angle, there was too much space left in front of the toes. After a while the big toes would get sore. I had to switch to Merrill (which I absolutely love). So VFF's aren't for me.

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        • #5
          @Tandy no I'm just using them for walking/sprinting at the moment. Though I often go barefoot (for real) at home.

          So I took these out for a walk and did some sprints today. Wow they are awesome. I was able to get them to fit a bit better and they seem to have less extra space in the small toes now. I'm sore in different places this time so I must be working different muscles.

          For putting them on, I found it helpful to think of putting the "notches" between the toes in the right place rather than putting the toes in the pockets.

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          • #6
            Cool. I haven't sprinted yet. Something always comes up. Mostly rain on the weekends when I have the energy. We found an awesome hill at a local park for sprints.
            "I came to live out loud!" -Emile Zola

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            • #7
              VFF's definitely "wear in". The problems in the beginning with getting them on has a lot to do with the fact that you're not used to it. A week into it, they go on easily. Of course, that assuming that you have the right size for your feet. I did the same thing as Tandy, went to REI and tried on the one I wanted. When I knew what size I needed, I ordered them online for much cheaper.

              Also, you need to remember, your toes are not in their natural position if you haven't worn VFF's before. Conventional shoes, worn over a long period of time, do actually "deform" your feet and that's part of the reason why your toes don't fit into the VFF in the beginning.

              That all changes.
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              • #8
                i too have a snug big toe and looser little toes, i also find them a bit tight around the side of the ball of the foot.

                As such i didn't like wearing them for extended periods, but they are great for running in, which is what in save them for now.

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                • #9
                  I just bought my first pair and love them! How often do you wash them? My friend also said they tend to get stinky -- is odor a problem for you all?

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                  • #10
                    if i was wearing them daily i'd be washing once or twice a week i think

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ilovesteak View Post
                      Also, you need to remember, your toes are not in their natural position if you haven't worn VFF's before. Conventional shoes, worn over a long period of time, do actually "deform" your feet and that's part of the reason why your toes don't fit into the VFF in the beginning.
                      I'd tend believe this. When I put them on I was realizing how weak my small toes are from not being used.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ayumi View Post
                        I just bought my first pair and love them! How often do you wash them? My friend also said they tend to get stinky -- is odor a problem for you all?
                        When I ran in mine, I would wash them every 100 miles or so. Otherwise, wash when stinky. The washing method that worked for me was:

                        1. Soak in bathroom sink or bucket in hot tap water and add 1 to 2 tablets of efferdent to each shoe, let it soak for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse.
                        2. Using liquid soap and an old toothbrush, scrub the footbed. Rinse.
                        3. Put VFFs in lingerie bag (to avoid velcro sticking to other laundry items) and wash in washing machine (without fabric softener).
                        4. Dry in front of a fan or let air dry.

                        I've used this on Merrell barefoot shoes too.


                        Originally posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
                        So I just got my first pair…boy it was tricky putting them on the first time! They seem to fit very well (snug) with regards to my big toe but the other toes have empty space at the tip. Is that normal? My feet measured 11 inches so I ordered a 43 based on the Vibram website.
                        One of the fit tricks that worked for me was to scoot my feet all the way to the toe end of the shoe and see how much room there is at the heel. If there is more than about 1/8th of an inch, they're too big. I too have more room in some toe pockets than others. Most people do just fine as long as their big toe fits well.
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                        • #13
                          My feet are opposite: Lots of room in the big toes but the little toes fill the space.

                          I actually prefer sandals to VFFs. I love my Xeros now that I came up with a clever slip-on tying method that doesn't require the between the toe thing.
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                          • #14
                            The washing process seems complicated. Why is it a three-step process? Wouldn't the effervescent and giving it a good scrub clean it enough?

                            I really don't like the sandals in-between thing either -- care to share the hitch method?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ayumi View Post
                              The washing process seems complicated. Why is it a three-step process? Wouldn't the effervescent and giving it a good scrub clean it enough?

                              I really don't like the sandals in-between thing either -- care to share the hitch method?
                              I just bung mine in the washing machine

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