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    I'm a size eleven womens US, and I have freaky long toes. Think like monkey feet. Now stop thinking about it, you're gonna give yourself the heebie jeebies. Anywho, the Vibram Five Fingers do NOT work for me, nor do most shoes, tbh. I'm like Hank Azaria's character in The Birdcage. "I never wear the shoes, because they make me fall down." I walk around barefoot at home and also outside if I can get away with it (I have very tough soles), but for the gym and hiking I need shoes. I love love love my New Balance Minimus cross trainers, but they no longer make this version anymore. So, before I wily nily sink seventy bucks into the new version, anybody feel like sounding off with their fav non-Vibram minimalist shoes?
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    I have a pare of barefoot by Merrell

    http://www.merrell.com/US/en/Barefoot_Collection
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    • #3
      Consider a pair of RunAmocs?

      Soft Star RunAmocs - Minimalist Shoes for Barefoot Runners | Soft Star Shoes
      "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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      • #4
        I have Merrell Pace Gloves that have lasted over two years (causal wear). They're perfect.

        I have Vivobarefoot winter boots and they make some really classy looking minimalist footwear. A bit expensive, but you do get what you pay for.

        And second on Soft Star, too. Just designed a pair of the Dash model (all white for nursing school) and I can already tell they're going to be great for being on my feet 8+ hours a day. The color and material options for Soft Star make it fun to design. Handmade in the US too.
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        • #5
          I love my DASH runamocs (all black for the office)

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          • #6
            Inov-8. I love mine, and they make them in women's sizes up to 11.5.

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            • #7
              I'll second Vivibarefoot for casual shoes for work, etc. -- have three pair.

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              Last edited by miata; 03-16-2014, 08:55 AM.

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              • #8
                Wow, thanks all, for some great suggestions! Those Soft Stars look amazing! I think they're a little out of price range right now, but at least I have some other brands to look at.
                Goal #1: Feel AWESOME
                Goal #2: Look Good Nekkid
                Goal #3: Rub Success in Stupid Doctor's Stupid Face
                Goal #4: Total World Domination...or Total Bacon Domination, whichever is easier

                My Primal Journal: Shut Up You're Not My Real Doctor!

                SW(3/10/14):285 lb
                CW(3/20/14):279 lb
                GW(7/23/14):220 lb (fingers crossed)

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                • #9
                  personally, i think the New Balance Minimus are really great. They have a zero toe-to-heel drop and are designed for running. Take a bit of time getting used to the zero drop though. Jumping right into a long distance run without getting used to them will be a lot of stress on you ankles and calves. Warm up slowly or transition with an "in-between" shoe, like the Nike Free. They're pretty good for running shoes as well and range from the Free 3.0 to 5.0, depending on how much of a drop you're looking for.
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                  • #10
                    +1 for any of the Merrell barefoot styles-very comfortable. These are my go-tos when ouing out (wear my five fingers as well at home)

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                    • #11
                      Ajaj54, both Leftlanesports and The Clymb routinely put Vivobarefoot on sale.

                      Also, check out Lems, Xeroshoes and Luna Sandals. Personally, I live in my Xero shoes and run in Luna Sandals for the summer. In bad parts of winter, I wear Men's Merrells. I wear Vivobarefoot Mary Janes to work and Vivobarefoot Lucy Lite for casual winter wear.

                      Barefoot & Ultra-Minimalist Lifestyle Footwear | Lems™ Shoes

                      Xero Shoes

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                      • #12
                        I love my Merrels as well but I have to get the right pair AND come up with some creative lacing.
                        Does anyone one else have problems fitting into shoes due to wide feet and a high arch?
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                        • #13
                          Yes. My shitty cripplefeet are 6.5EEEE. New Balance for the win.

                          M.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
                            I love my Merrels as well but I have to get the right pair AND come up with some creative lacing.
                            Does anyone one else have problems fitting into shoes due to wide feet and a high arch?
                            Dirlot, I use locklaces and don't have any problems.

                            Lock Laces | No Tie Elastic Shoe Laces & Athletic Shoelaces
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                            • #15
                              merrell trail gloves and nike frees for exercise. sanuks for work and casual wear

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