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    Vibram Advice/Insight?

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    So I'm thinking of committing to a pair of Vibrams for my birthday. I can already barefoot (as in skin on pavement) walk a mile (so can my Grace!), and winter is coming so I'd like something to keep my toes dry. I'm not sure what I'm looking for in fit though. I'll be using them at gym (hamster wheel & track), home, and maybe out and about on drier days until it's warm again, then regular wear.
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    I do have access to a very good running shoe store (owned by a family of super friendly professional marathoners), and I know they have VFFs there, would just like to be prepared when I finally walk in...
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    hmm. can't really tell you.

    how wet/cold does it get? because i don't wear mine much at all this winter. if it was a warm day, then yes. but if it was wet/cold (the norm) then no. it was no help.

    now, oli -- our feldy guy who wrote this awesome new blog about pimping your stretch -- wears the leather ones with socks in winter and he says he's fine as. So, perhaps that would work for you?

    yeah. hmm.

    and yes, that was a shameless plug for oli.

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    The KSO treks come in kangaroo suede which is nice and warm as long as your feet stay dry. In between the toes however is stretchy fabric which is very not waterproof. For SoCal winters the KSOs with a pair of Ininji socks keep my spoiled feet comfy.

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    would KSOs make good cross trainers? running shoes?

    I've been wanting a pair for more than a year now, but I saw a gal at the Dirty Dash with a pair on & thought "BRILLIANT!"
    They won't come off in all that gunk AND they're machine washable. Genius.

    So that really inspired me to want a pair even more, I'm just not sure which ones would be best for running and general wear
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    DH has komodos, which he likes because it gives him more traction on slippery pavement. he was running in the ones with the strap (not KSOs), and found that they had less traction on wet sidewalk while running. he also runs over grassy and leafy areas, and found that the komodos were better for that.

    they also are "thicker" material on top, so that might help in winter too.

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    The KSO's (and those that share the same sole) are really the only ones close to a barefoot feel. I've had two pairs of KSO, a pair of speeds and a pair of KSO Trek's. Both of the latter sacrifice a lot of feel for other features. If they are going to be a winter shoe for you, I'd recommend the Flow. You get the nice thin sole, with more upper insulation.

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    i had a pair of sprints and HATED THEM. Now i have Bikila's and i love them. Much better for jogging. I never put that strap on the sprint on right - it was either too loose or too tight. But I never have any trouble at all w/ the Bikila's. Plus they are bright pink and orange which makes me happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine View Post
    Plus they are bright pink and orange which makes me happy.
    bright colors make me happy too! <3

    I'm thinking the VFFs will be my gym shoes until spring/summer, and I'll start using my brooks for regular wear now that I think of it. My balance is terrible and I slip/trip easily (the only person I know who is a bigger clutz than I am is my 3yo Grace-- figures I'd name her Grace & she'd be clumsy, lol), so I want something with good grip.

    What am I looking for as far as fit goes? I am nursing some abrasions on the back of my heels right now from a pair of running shoes I just retired on Sat, so I'm pretty conscious of that area ATM
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    I love my KSO, despite having worn through the soles where the balls of the feet are. KSO work well for cross-training, yup. I've gone running in mine, done a mud run/trail running in 'em, walked around in them, played water sports with them, worked out with 'em, etc.

    So yeah... the KSO is very cross-functional and they're a very comfortable fit. As far as fitting yourself before going to the shoe place, don't bother. They'll fit you there and you'll definitely need to try a pair or two on before you know whether the measurement is accurate (mine wasn't). Do not leave the store without having tried some on and being assured that you have a good fit.

    Enjoy 'em!
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    Hi All,

    BorkBork, I hope you don't mind a slight threat hijack -- but I'm wondering, what is the advantage of the pricier barefoot shoes over, say, a pair of keds or some inexpensive water shoes? I'm not disparaging the former at all -- I'm genuinely curious, and am considering investing in a pair, but want to understand if they're really "worth it" before I plunk down my money.

    Thanks!
    Kim

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