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  • New shoes coming out

    I like the idea of VFF's but without the FF's bit. So with a bit of research around the net found these are coming out next year.

    http://www.merrell.com/US/en-us/Blog...d-b1419336c5b1

    I'll be lining up for these I reckon. I love merrel shoes and to get the barefoot experience will be great.

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    Hmm. Really ridgy treads, I wonder if those will work so well? They look good though. Wish we could zoom on those pics.
    "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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    • #3
      those look pretty good...though it looks--i could be way off--like they may be a little bit restrictive in the toes. one of the things i love about VFFs is that they let my toes flair out a little.
      i wonder if those would be a little more protective against temperature. i'm looking for a minimalist shoe that will let me play in the snow a little bit.
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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      • #4
        Here's a site with a closer photo of a couple of the shoes:

        http://www.feedthehabit.com/outdoors...foot-for-2011/

        I'm VERY interested in there. I love my VFFs, but I'd still like a shoe that I can throw on quickly and wear with regular socks when it's cold.
        Liz.

        Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
        Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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        • #5
          Ditto RE: toe flare, primalrob. I am hoping my VFFs fit me better post-pregnancy than they do now. They're very narrow... If not I may swap over to a men's size. (My husband can wear my old ones, he has narrow feet and we bought the same size.)

          I'll keep an eye out for these, too. Thanks for the links!
          "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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          • #6
            Has anyone tried the Nike Free shoes?

            Following the advice of Stu Mittleman, I bought a pair of sneakers that were essentially just 2 or 3 sizes too big. It allows the toes to "open up" in the toe box and gives a feel similar to when I've tried barefoot. The slightly extra length of the overall shoe takes less time to get used to than you'd think. This guy ran from San Diego to NYC in 56 days running 2 to 3 full marathons a day over that time and has set a number of ultra-marathong milestones. His book "Slow Burn" was an interesting read.

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            • #7
              I love the FF part of the VFFs. I think these will have their own applications as well, though...

              Originally posted by lizch View Post
              I'm VERY interested in there. I love my VFFs, but I'd still like a shoe that I can throw on quickly and wear with regular socks when it's cold.
              ditto.
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              • #8
                I will def. be buying these, thanks for the link. Looks like the right balance between natural and protective, and Merrells always fit me.
                If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Setabas View Post
                  Has anyone tried the Nike Free shoes?

                  Following the advice of Stu Mittleman, I bought a pair of sneakers that were essentially just 2 or 3 sizes too big. It allows the toes to "open up" in the toe box and gives a feel similar to when I've tried barefoot. The slightly extra length of the overall shoe takes less time to get used to than you'd think. This guy ran from San Diego to NYC in 56 days running 2 to 3 full marathons a day over that time and has set a number of ultra-marathong milestones. His book "Slow Burn" was an interesting read.
                  I like my Frees but they're a bit small because I didn't think about the spreading. I'm not sure about VFF's yet as we're doing mostly walking still and the lack of heal is pretty painful. But the Frees have been a nice transition in the right direction for me. I couldn't just make a switch like that.

                  @thanatos: Thanks for the update on Merrells! I missed that on my shoe sites.

                  VFF is also releasing a new Bikila in 2011. It has laces. I'm holding out for those to try out.
                  http://birthdayshoes.com/bikila+ls:

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                  • #10
                    Wow, think I'm gonna hold out for those VFF Bikilas. Thaaat's more like it (for me).

                    Sweet. Thanks for posting this info up.
                    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                    • #11
                      Ok, it just got harder. Check out the new New Balance Minimus!!!


                      http://barefootrunningshoes.org/2010...a-bearded-guy/

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                      • #12
                        I agree that these look good. I hope you post a review when you get them.

                        I've also a mind to get some nice moccasins for me and wife, if I can find some that give the barefoot feel.

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                        • #13
                          Maybe it's just the way the pic looks, but the new Merrells look like they may have too much heel. I wonder what the heel to forefoot in mm is? And by the pics, it looks like it's only the mens that has the larger heel. The womans shoe looks like it has no heel. Maybe I can get a womans shoe to fit? lol.

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                          • #14
                            RE: the heel, seems like with a lot of these minimalist shoes, the outside wraps around your heel to give it that "running shoe look" (and for side protection) but the inside is actually pretty low. No way to know that without seeing one in person or asking someone who has one, though!
                            "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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                            • #15
                              Good point Jenny. Hopefully it's low on the inside.

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