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    Vibrams chewing up my feet... how do you handle blisters?

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    So I think I need to take my Treks back and get a different size. However, about 2.5 miles into my run today I started getting blisters, and by the time I was done one of them had been completely torn open.

    Does anyone know how to get that to heal as quickly as possible? I'm not looking forward to running with some duct tape on it, so does anyone have any suggestions to keep it clean and covered while clocking miles?
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    Soak in epsom salts and apply coconut oil topically or add to the soak.

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    Don't use duct tape. Use cloth sports tape instead. It's much better for the skin since it will let air through and also sticks even when wet/sweaty. You can also tape your feet before running to prevent blisters.

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    Are they too loose? I've never had a single blister when wearing VFFs. I'm not exactly an ultra endurance athlete, but I'm heavy and I did some +10k hikes.

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    moleskin to protect the blisters.

    by any chance are your VFFs new? when i first got mine my feet got a little raw in a couple of spots, but it goes away...just like with any new pair of shoes.

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    If you haven't done any barefooting or minimilist shoe work then you are going to need to ease into it. I have been running 3 times a week in my vibrams for the past year and I still get the occassional blister when I push hard. Take a couple days off and then come back. The ball of my foot is getting tougher and tougher since I have started and I have had less and less blistering.
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    I had some KSO's for about 15 months before the dog felt it was time for a footie chew toy. So I bought some treks, and the fit is completely different - they rub in two spots on each foot. I bought my same size from the KSOs, which fit like a tailored glove, and the treks seem to have a longer footbed, and they don't fit as well. These treks are about a month old now, and I've been on the fence with them.

    I'm thinking it might be better to try the bikilas.

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    Davem,

    When my VFF KSO and Treksports were new I had a little issue with blisters also. This quickly went away. I use the blister bandaids from Target. Work great to cover and cushion the area.

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    @MightyAl: It's interesting how people differ - as I said I never get blisters in VFFs - not even when I got them last year, and of course ended up overdoing it. But instead of blisters, the bones would hurt - mostly the middle toes and the bottom of the balls of the feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davem View Post
    I had some KSO's for about 15 months before the dog felt it was time for a footie chew toy. So I bought some treks, and the fit is completely different - they rub in two spots on each foot. I bought my same size from the KSOs, which fit like a tailored glove, and the treks seem to have a longer footbed, and they don't fit as well. These treks are about a month old now, and I've been on the fence with them.

    I'm thinking it might be better to try the bikilas.

    Norak - thanks, I have some, and I'll use that instead.
    Since minimlist shows are old hat for you then adaptation is not the problem. Be careful with sizing among models. I don't have experienece with it but I have heard many cases where people have different sizes just from the sprint and the KSO. Awesome things about all the VFFs is they hold up way better then equally priced running shoes.
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